I can´t find the lion-story in my german version of "Fihi ma fihi". Neither in Chapter 26 nor in any other chapter of "Von Allem und Einem" I found the story. This translation of "Fihi ma fihi" is made by Annemarie Schimmel. I guess she is well known in the arabic and persian world. The book is from 1988. Are there diffrent versions of the Rumi-Discourses?
Anyway, yesterday I read Rumi´s story about approaching the lion in "The Silent Questions" again.
And today an ECK friend sent me a lovely email. I would like to share it with you. It is closely connected with our subject. A woman had the courage to approach the lion and to give him life. See what happened.
The woman in the video found the lion, injured in the forest, on the verge of death. She took the lion home with her and nursed it back to health. Later, when the lion was better, she made arrangements with a zoo to take the lion. Some time passed before the woman had a chance to visit the zoo. This video was taken when she walked up to the lion's cage to see how he was doing. Watch the lion's reaction when he sees her!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bicIwwQhNtc
Here´s a poem dedicated to Rumi I wrote in the beginning of the 90-ties of the last century.
My english translation is a little stumbling.
Nun geh den Weg des Herzens
zur Stille hin.
Bist Du dann still, wird alles
zu lichtem Ton.
Walk the Path of the Heart now
to the point of Stillness.
Are you still than, all becomes