Gurju Hatun (Georgian Lady), the daughter of a Seljuk Sultan and the disciple of Mawlana Rumi (قدس سره), sent Ayn al-Dawlah, the famous painter and muralist of the palace, to Rumi to paint his picture secretly and bring back to her. The painter somehow unintentionally told the situation to Rumi. With a smile on his face, Rumi said:
“Do, if you can, what you were told!”
The painter began to paint. However, at the end he realized that the picture he had been drawing had nothing to do with the person in front of him and restarted his painting. Thus, while trying to paint the portrait of Rumi, he wasted twenty pieces of paper. Finally, he realized that he was not able to do it and quit trying. (*)
This incident awakened the heart of the painter. He got lost in deep thoughts in amazement, awe, and shivering and it made him a traveler of his own universe. At the end, the painter, who saw the Messenger of Allah ﷺ from the window that opened up in his heart, uttered the following words:
“If a saint of a religion is like this, I wonder how its Prophet would be!”
(*) These drawings are still in the Mawlana Museum.