“Love is an ocean without shores, you have to learn to bear it”
Writing in a simple yet captivating way similar to Paulo Coelho and following the footsteps of Elif Shafak, Muriel Maufroy brings you another story from the era of Byzantine Empire.
Rumi – one of the greatest mystical poets, preached about love, in a way which was not mainstream. His teachings have had a huge impact till date.
This story is about a girl, as the title suggests; Kimya was Rumi’s daughter. She is an eleven years old girl, living in a village in Turkey. In her native village Christians and Muslims lived without any differences amongst each other. They had a strong belief that, “people have their faiths and God hears each one of them.”
Since she was born Kimya has been different from other children of her age. She has had some mystical and spiritual experiences which were not understood by the simple people of her village.
The Christian Priest in her village always used to say that she is gifted despite the fact that he himself did not understand what sort of encounters she has had. Kimya had always wanted to study and for this she persuaded her parents to let her visit a man who lived in a cave nearby.
She went to him and he taught her things which were not absorbed completely by her mind initially, but with the passage of time she found peace in his teachings.
Her father was of the view that her gift is being wasted in the village, a view shared by her mentor from the cave. People from the village were also increasingly suspicious of Kimya’s uniqueness.
Kimya along with her father goes to Konya. There they meet the scholar Jalaluddin Rumi. Rumi saw the thirst for knowledge in Kimya’s eyes and decides to take her as his disciple.
He not only became her master but also a father. Kimya was a great learner and her intelligence and love for learning amazed Rumi. She wanted to turn, transform but she was not ready for that. Seeing her anticipation Rumi said,
“Before turning, the heart has to be ripped of all the attachments. Not everyone is willing to be burned to that extent.”
Then comes a wandering Dervish, who, while in the market asks Rumi some question. After answering him Rumi faints. Once he wakes up, Shams and Rumi go into a room and stay there for days.
This disturbs Rumi’s family especially his younger son along with Rumi’s followers. They believed that the heretic is taking away their master from them. As they came out of the room, everything changed. Rumi was now transforming into the great poet, and it costs him his habits, reputation and rules- “which were all idols and needed to be broken,” in Shams’s view.
Shams and Kimya had a majestic connection with each other. They seldom talk but there is something in Shams which makes Kimya restless. Eventually they get married and from their starts the journey anew. In kimya’s words, “today I have entered fire and it feels like frozen snow.” She knew from the very start that living with a man like Shams would not be easy, but she willingly signed for it. Every day she spends with him transforms her. She loved Shams and her love for him is the source of the transformation. “The heart is a strange guide; in the end this purveyor of life leads us towards our own annihilation.”
The conversations between Rumi and Shams along with Shams and Kimya take hold of one’s heart. It feels like a strong hand is pressing your heart and you have to be slow enough to let those magical words seep in.
Written with amazingly simple yet captivating language, Rumi’s daughter in all its glory is a masterpiece. It is a must read, if you are a fan of Forty rules of love and Rumi. It is an absolute favourite. I would rate it 4/5.
“See this rose-the one most saturated with the water of life now blossoming most fully- it will of necessity wilt before all the other brides of the garden.”