"The truth and vision of Mevlana is neither unique nor unprecedented within the tradition of Sufism. What is unique is the extent and completeness of his elaboration of this vision. No other human being who has worked in the medium of human language has so lucidly and beautifully expressed not only the human experience, but life itself in its completeness. He expresses the truth not only of humans, but of all the kingdoms of nature, as well as less tangible realms of existence. Most importantly, he reveals what it means to be a complete human being.

"Now here is an expression that deserves our attention: a Complete Human Being. This is the essential contribution of Islamic Sufism to the human community. The Complete Human Being, al-Insan al-Kamil, is complete by virtue of having attained to all the levels of reality that are possible for a human. The Complete Human Being has realized within his or her own being all the attributes of the divine and has harmonized the individual will and intelligence with the divine will and intelligence."

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