The Sufi, as a Zoroastrian or a Parsi, looks toward the sun,
and bows before the air, fire, water and earth, recognizing the immanence of God
in Godís manifestation, taking the sun, moon, and stars as the signs of God.†
The Sufi interprets fire as the symbol of wisdom and the sun as the celestial light.†
The Sufi not only bows before them but also absorbs their quality.†
As a rule, in the presence of dervishes, a wood fire and incense burn continually.
(Gatheka 2 Ė Sufism:† The Spirit of All Religions)
If anyone strikes my heart, it does not break, but it bursts,
and the flame coming out of it becomes a torch on my path.
(The Complete Works, Sayings I, p. 198)
As fire when not kindled gives only smoke, but when kindled,
the illuminating flame springs forth, so it is with love.
(The Inner Life, Vol. I, p. 19)
The fire that comes from coal or wood is in reality the part of the sun
that is in them; and when the soul qualities arise
in the heart of a man and show themselves,
this proves that is in the divine part in him
that rises, like the flame in the fire.