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Mevlana outside of Husamuddin's shop. Detail from . Click for larger image.

In reality, the "attractor" is one, but it appears to be many. Don't you see how a person often has a hundred different wants? "I want vermicelli. I want pastry. I want sweets. I want fritters. I want fruit. I want dates." These appear to be many different wants that have been expressed verbally. The origin of them all, however, is one — and that is hunger. Don't you see that when this same person has had his fill of any one of these things he will say, "I don't need any of the rest"? It is obvious therefore that there were not ten things or a hundred, but only one.