Shams ad-Din at-Tabriz
a.k.a. Shams of Tabriz
Shams asked, "Who is greater, Muhammad or Bestami?"
Rumi replied cautiously, "Muhammad."
"But Bestami said 'I am the Glory!' Muhammad said, 'I cannot praise You enough!'"
Rumi fainted under the force of the question from the strange dervish. When he recovered, he uttered, "Bestami had a glimpse of knowledge and took it for the totality. But for Muhammad the divine glory was continually unfolding."
And Shams knew he had found his worthy disciple.
Shams ad-Din at-Tabriz (? - 1247). Shams (an Arabic name meaning "The Sun") was a mysterious spiritual master who met Mevlâna Rumi and became his guide towards final enlightenment. Prior to this encounter Rumi had been an eminent professor of religion and a highly attained mystic; after this he became Persia's greatest inspired poet and lover of humanity.
Shams disappeared under mysterious circumstances, most probably murdered by people who resented his influence over Rumi.

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