Suppose that a sun has come to speech and says, “ Arise, for the day has risen; jump up do not dispute.” And suppose that you say, “ O sun where is the evidence?” It will say to you, “O blind one, beg of God (that He gives you) an eye.”
He says that our misfortune is that we see with the borrowed light and we think it is our own.
“Thou art content with the knowledge learned (from others); thou hast lit thine eye at another lamp.
He takes away his lamp, that thou mayst know thou art a borrower, not a giver.”
Rumi says that one needs a touchstone (Quran and teachings of Prophet is that touchstone). Without a touchstone, imagination and reason are not clearly distinguished.
Rumi was a great believer in free will, the capacity of man to choose his actions. Choice he calls the salt of devotion. Otherwise there would be no merit in prayer and piety. The celestial sphere revolves involuntarily, hence its revolution has neither reward nor punishment. We have honoured man says the Quran. The honour lies in the gift of free will. Our sense of guilt is the evidence of free will. If there were no free will, what is the shame and what is the sorrow?
Rumi defines justice as putting a thing in its right place and injustice as putting it in a wrong place. Nothing that God has created is in vain. Nothing is absolutely good nor is anything absolutely evil. The usefulness and harm of each thing depends on where you place it. That is why knowledge is necessary.