You might not know this but there’s a raging battle playing out for the soul of the cosmos. On one side is God. On the other is the Multiverse. They’ve been duking it out for a few decades to decide who wins the title belt for the Ultimate Cause and Sustainer of the Universe.
It’s a rare book these days that blows me away or leaves me thinking about them for years. That’s why it was such a pleasure reading the Mistborn series and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel. I lost myself so completely to the magic Sanderson and Clarke wove that I often forgot I was reading something a human had made up. Since I read both these books at roughly the same time and enjoyed them so much, it seemed natural to compare the two. Both of them are awesome. But which is the most “awe-inspiring”?
In my last post on Rumi I discussed the similarities between the techniques used by Mr. Miyagi to teach Daniel-san how to be a student and Rumi’s own techniques for training the reader how to be open to the Masnavi’s teachings. I made the claim that similar to Mr. Miyagi’s unusual training of Daniel-san, Rumi uses difficult teaching techniques in the Masnavi to (1) test whether his readers have “the right stuff” for spiritual learning, and (2) force his readers to leave behind any preconceived notions they might have, so that they will be open to Rumi’s teachings.