Returning to the Source

“The soul of man bewails its disunion with melancholy music, and sheds burning tears like the lighted taper, waiting patiently for the moment of its extinction, as a disengagement from earthly trammels and a means of returning to its only beloved. Such in part is the wild and enthusiastic religion of the modern Persian poets, especially of the sweet Hafiz and the great Mevlana. Such is the system of the Vedanta philosophers and best lyric poets of India, and as it was a system of the highest antiquity of both nations, it may be added to the many other proofs of an immemorial affinity between them.”

(The Dervishes - J. Porter Brown - London 1868)