40 Rules of Enlightenment · Poetry

Rule # 5- Intellect vs Love

Intellect Vs Love by Arsh

Rule # 5

Intellect and love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people with knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy,’ whereas love says, ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge!’ Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.

-The Forty Rules of Love

As said before, the mind speaks so much of the right that one is not able to follow what his heart says and hence makes him regret later on. The fight between the head and the heart is ever since we were born and there’s no way to end it. Though both are right, but the heart is way much “better” for us because it speaks the Nafs, that is the true voice of our inside. The intellect is powerful, it doesn’t melt, ever! But the heart, oh it just says, “I have love in me. Go for it.” Only a heart with a scar hides the treasures for a scar is not always a “scar” but a way to peace.

Do not let the intellect

Capture thy thoughts.

But open thy arms

And let the love dwell into thee

For if it breaks thou once

It will give thee not a scar

But the hidden treasures forever…

-Arsh Azim

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