The freshness after rain which Rumi uses as a metaphor for spiritual enlightenment, is here presented as a source of earth’s gratitude towards rain-giving heaven. Particularly in this parched Biblical land.
‘Day was breaking. The clouds had scattered; the satiated freshly-bathed earth gleamed and looked up at the heavens with gratitude.’
Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 112