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All desires, affections, loves and fondness people have of all sorts of things, such as fathers, mothers, friends, the heavens and the earth, gardens, pavilions, works, knowledge, food and drink – one should realize that every desire is a desire for food, and such things are “veils”. When one passes beyond this world and sees that King without these “veils”, then one will realize that all those things were “veils” and “coverings” and that what they were seeking was in reality that one thing. All problems will then be solved. All heart’s questions and difficulties will be answered, and everything will become clear.

(Jalaluddin Rumi, compilation The Essential Rumi)

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