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( From a talk by Hasan Çıkar, 2 Sept. 2001) 

Of all the sages, countless saints, and Divinely inspired ones of the past, none elevated the human being or spoke as openly as Mevlana concerning the sublime position of man in the eyes of God. 

It's not possible to find another who expressed his love, Divine Love, this deeply and who offered it to all mankind. From head to foot Mevlana is a monument of humility and a ray of enlightenment not only for the time he lived but for all ages. It is Mevlana' s mind which thinks and his heart which feels for all people; and his is the way of peace and love.

Love, according to Mevlana: the strongest link in the chain binding humans to life and the ladder that will take them to their Creator. Mevlana, who burned with love of God and of man, wants humans to be useful and of service to those around them. 

On this subject he said: Even a candle, when it knows it will melt away, doesn' t quit spreading its light out. Oh human! You, while completely full of the Power of the Creator, why do you hang back? 

Mevlana's every action and every word from his mouth are full of unity and brotherhood. His words are to all humans and to all humanity. Mevlana, who gave great importance to solidarity between people said that what can assist in this is the gracious behavior seen only in mature people, and explained: If someone isn't helping others, doesn' t want others to be happy, and isn't mature, then that person isn't a human being. 

Mevlana was the King of Hearts who thought of others on every subject, from the greatest matters to minor details; while loving people he was also repairing their hearts, softening their pains, melting away their sorrows, removing their contentions, and purifying them. 

Mevlana is the doorway of forgiveness and understanding where faults are washed away and sins are purified. One day they told Mevlana that such and such a person had never sinned. Pursing his lips, Mevlana responded, " If only he had sinned and later been regretful."

The princely Exalted Mevlana, who spread fresh hope every moment, was good humored and sweet. He knew how to take everything as a joke. In anger someone was threatening someone else, " I'll skin you alive..!" To this Mevlana commented, " What a good man. Day and night our wish is to remove this skin and be saved from its troubles so we can be reunited with the Mercy of the Friend. If only that fellow would come and save us from the pain of our ' skin'". He was a master of humanness who provoked both thought and laughter. 

According to Mevlana the friendship of those who worship money and goods is only worldly. To him a condition of friendship is sacrific ing oneself for the friend, if necessary throwing oneself into fights for the friend. Mevlana loved all his dear ones as they were. His understanding of love was not tricky fraud entwined in simple material benefits. His love was the enthusiasm of brav e hearts with no expectation of return. 

When saying that the cure for all things was love, he continued, "From love, copper turns into gold, pains become a cure to love, and the dead are resurrected through love."

Saying that the most beautiful love is the Love of God, Mevlana gave up his existence in the Love of God and brought the good news of eternal life. In a poem he says:

Those who gather and come together in love don't die like the common rabble. 

In another place he said, "Don't remain loveless, so that you won't die. Die in love so you' ll stay alive."

Mevlana, who held love as essential in the maturing and perfecting of humans throughout their lives, had this to say in his Mesnevi, which teaches unbounded tolerance, goodness, charity, patien ce, calmness, compassion, forgiveness, and not being overcome by anger and violence, " Through love, bitterness becomes sweet; through love, polluted water becomes pure and clean; through love, pains find their cure, kings become slaves. "