“An excerpt from the Life and work of Jalaluddin Rumi by Dr. Afzal Iqbal”.
Rumi says that there is a danger in judging life from the analogy of our own limited experience. Logic and intellect are limited. It is only the revelation, inspiration and act of the grace of God that illuminates the mind of man. He says that Sense and perception are extremely limited. He compares reality to an elephant in a dark room. A man feels it with the palm of his hand and it falls on the trunk, he thinks the elephant is like a water pipe. The palm of another touches its ear; to him it appears to be a fan. Palm of another touched its legs and to him the elephant is like a pillar. . The eye of the sense of perception is like the palm of the hand. The palm has no power to reach the whole elephant.