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

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