Rumi Quotes

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد بلخى‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلالالدین محمد رومی), and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the "most popular poet in America."

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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”



“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing

and rightdoing there is a field.

I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass

the world is too full to talk about.”



“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”



“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”

--Masnavi i Man'avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula



“The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.

They're in each other all along.”

--The Illuminated Rumi



“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”



“What you seek is seeking you.”



“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”



“When I am with you, we stay up all night.

When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.

Praise God for those two insomnias!

And the difference between them.”



“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”



“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”



“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”


“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

“Knock, And He'll open the door

Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun

Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens

Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.”



“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”

“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”



“Forget safety.

Live where you fear to live.

Destroy your reputation.

Be notorious.”



“I want to see you.

Know your voice.

Recognize you when you

first come 'round the corner.

Sense your scent when I come

into a room you've just left.

Know the lift of your heel,

the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way

you purse your lips

then let them part,

just the slightest bit,

when I lean in to your space

and kiss you.

I want to know the joy

of how you whisper

"more.”



“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”



“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”



“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.

There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.

You feel it, don't you?”



“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”



“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”

“Silence is the language of god,

all else is poor translation.”



“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”



"Love's secret is always lifting its head out from under the covers - "Here I am!""



"Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?"



"Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life."



"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along."



"In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems."



"Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself."



"God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches you by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly - not one. "



"Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form."



"Daylight, full of small dancing particles. Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?"



"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment."



"Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?"



"There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth. "



"Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out."



"Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?"



"A secret freedom opens through a crevice you can barely see."



"My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold."



"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears. "



"You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?"



"Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape."



"Lightning, your presence from ground to sky, no one knows what becomes of me, when you take me so quickly."



"How can I know anything about the past or the future, when the light of the Beloved shines only Now."



"What I most want is to spring out of this personality, then to sit apart from that leaping. I've lived too long where I can be reached. "


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"Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are." 

"Ignorance is God's prison. Knowing is God's palace."



"This world's existence is one night long. There's a great lively gathering that night, but some people sleep through it. "

 

"Whosoever knoweth the power of the dance, dwelleth in God."



"Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there."



"Can you find another market like this? Where, with your one rose, you can buy hundreds of rose gardens?"



"At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won't use the door, only the window."



"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep."



"This is how we are with wine and beautiful food... we want and we get drunk with wanting, then the headache and bitterness afterward."



"And don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous."



"...smiles come best from those who weep. Lightning, then the rain-laughter."



"I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I've been knocking from the inside!"



“A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.” --Words of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi



“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”



“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”



“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”



“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”



“People want you to be happy.

Don't keep serving them your pain!

If you could untie your wings

and free your soul of jealousy,

you and everyone around you

would fly up like doves.”



“Sit, be still, and listen,

because you're drunk

and we're at

the edge of the roof.”



“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”



“Be empty of worrying.

Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison

When the door is so wide open?” --The Essential Rumi



“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”



“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”



“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,

'You owe me'.

Look what happens with love like that.

It lights up the sky.”



“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”



“Two there are who are never satisfied -- the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”



“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”



“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”



“But listen to me. For one moment

quit being sad. Hear blessings

dropping their blossoms

around you.”



“I have lived on the lip

of insanity, wanting to know reasons,

knocking on a door. It opens.

I've been knocking from the inside.”


“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.”

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”



"The way the night knows itself with the moon, be that way with me. Or, alternately translated, Union is a raging river running toward the sea. Tonight the moon kisses the stars. O beloved, be like that to me."



"In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal."



"Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give."



"Now is the time to unite the soul and the world. Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as one with the shadows."



"Birdsong brings relief to my longing. I am just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say."



"Come, whoever you are! Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. This is not a caravan of despair. It doesn't matter if you've broken your vow a thousand times, still and yet again come!"



"Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins?"



"Your legs will get heavy and tired. Then comes a moment of feeling the wings you've grown, lifting."



"All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there."



"This drunkenness began in some other tavern. When I get back around to that place, I'll be completely sober."



"I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks."



"I am iron resisting the most enormous magnet there is."



"You sit here for days saying, This is strange business. You're the strange business. You have the energy of the sun in you, but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine. You're some weird kind of gold that wants to stay melted in the furnace, so you won't have to become coins."



"You've gotten drunk on so many kinds of wine. Taste this. It won't make you wild. It's fire. Give up, if you don't understand by this time that your living is firewood."



"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."



"Work in the invisible world at least as hard as you do in the visible."



"Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meanings.... Leave and don't look away from the sun as you go, in whose light you're sometimes crescent, sometimes full."



"Keep walking, though there's no place to get to. Don't try to see through the distances. That's not for human beings. Move within, but don't move the way fear makes you move."



"Take sips of this pure wine being poured. Don't mind that you've been given a dirty cup."



"There is a way of breathing that's a shame and a suffocation and there's another way of expiring, a love breath, that lets you open infinitely. "



"Keep knocking, and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there."



"There's a hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness. We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music.... When you're full of food and drink, Satan sits where your spirit should...."



"The mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe that when you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear, as you yourself do at dawn, sailing through the light."



"Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being. If not, leave this gathering."



"Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at meanspirited roadhouses."



"No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God."



"...a great God-wrestling does on inside these wanderers...

...the cypress tree is turning green, drunk with the forest.

...rush out in the rain to be soaked with the sky."



“Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”



“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.”



“Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.”



“A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That's how I hold your voice.”



“An eye is meant to see things.

The soul is here for its own joy.

A head has one use: For loving a true love.

Feet: To chase after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,

for learning what men have done and tried to do.

Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind

when it only wants to see why.

A lover is always accused of something.

But when he finds his love, whatever was lost

in the looking comes back completely changed.” --Night and Sleep



“Beauty surrounds us.”



“You try to be faithful

And sometimes you're cruel.

You are mine. Then, you leave.

Without you, I can't cope.

And when you take the lead,

I become your footstep.

Your absence leaves a void.

Without you, I can't cope.

You have disturbed my sleep,

You have wrecked my image.

You have set me apart.

Without you, I can't cope.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.

Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.”



“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”



“Be like melting snow -- wash yourself of yourself.”


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“Take someone who doesn't keep score,

who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,

who has not the slightest interest even

in his own personality: he's free.”



“You wander from room to room

Hunting for the diamond necklace

That is already around your neck!”



“I know you're tired but come, this is the way.”



“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.”



“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”



“On a day

when the wind is perfect,

the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.

Today is such a

day.”



“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”



“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you

Don't go back to sleep!

You must ask for what you really want.

Don't go back to sleep!

People are going back and forth

across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,

The door is round and open

Don't go back to sleep!”



“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.”



“Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”



“Within tears, find hidden laughter

Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one. ”



“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”



“Here is a relationship booster

that is guaranteed to

work:

Every time your spouse or lover says something stupid

make your eyes light up as if you

just heard something

brilliant.”



“They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls?”



“All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.”



“At night, I open the window

and ask the moon to come

and press its face against mine.

Breathe into me.

Close the language-door

and open the love-window.

The moon won't use the door,

only the window.” --A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings



“Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave 'til it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.” --Words of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi



“Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere?”



"He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, Live."



"Love comes with a knife, not some shy question, and not with fears for its reputation!"



"Love is a madman, working his wild schemes, tearing off his clothes, running through the mountains...."



"You've been walking the ocean's edge, holding up your robes to keep them dry. You must dive naked under, and deeper under, a thousand times deeper!"



"Don't put blankets over the drum! Open completely. Let your spirit ear listen to the green dome's passionate murmur."



"What does this patch-sewing mean you ask? Eating and drinking. The heavy cloak of the body is always getting torn. You patch it with food and other ego-satisfactions."



"This is how I would die into the love I have for you: as pieces of cloud dissolve in sunlight."



"That hurt we embrace becomes joy. Call it to your arms where it can change."



"You must lance an ulcer to heal it. You must tear down parts of an old building to restore it, and so it is with a sensual life that has no spirit in it."



"To change, a person must face the dragon of his appetites with another dragon, the life-energy of the soul."



"When your love contracts in anger, the atmosphere itself feels threatening. But when you're expansive, no matter what the weather, you're in an open, windy field with friends."



"Purify your eyes, and see the pure world. Your life will fill with radiant forms."



"How will you know the difficulties of being human, if you're always flying off to blue perfection?"



"Where will you plant your grief-seeds? We need ground to scrape and hoe, not the sky of unspecified desire."



“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”



“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.

How do they learn it?

They fall and falling,

they're given wings.”



“You are a volume in the divine book

A mirror to the power that created the universe

Whatever you want, ask it of yourself

Whatever you’re looking for can only be found

Inside of you.” --The Rubais of Rumi: Insane with Love



“Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.”



“For ages you have come and gone

courting this delusion.

For ages you have run from the pain

and forfeited the ecstasy.

So come, return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

Although you appear in earthly form

Your essence is pure Consciousness.

You are the fearless guardian

of Divine Light.

So come, return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

When you lose all sense of self

the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.

Lose yourself completely,

Return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

You descended from Adam, by the pure Word of God,

but you turned your sight

to the empty show of this world.

Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little?

So come, return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

Why are you so enchanted by this world

when a mine of gold lies within you?

Open your eyes and come ---

Return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

You were born from the rays of God's Majesty

when the stars were in their perfect place.

How long will you suffer from the blows

of a nonexistent hand?

So come, return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

You are a ruby encased in granite.

How long will you decieve Us with this outer show?

O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes!

So come, return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

After one moment with that glorious Friend

you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic.

Your eyes were sweet and full of fire.

Come, return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern

has handed you an eternal cup,

And God in all His glory is pouring the wine.

So come! Drink!

Return to the root of the root

of your own soul.

Soul of all souls, life of all life - you are That.

Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving - you are That.

The road that leads to the City is endless;

Go without head and feet

and you'll already be there.

What else could you be? - you are That.”



“Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be. ” --Essential Rumi



“My lips got lost on the way to the kiss -

that's how drunk I was.”



“When someone is counting out

gold for you, don't look at your hands,

or the gold. Look at the giver.” --The Masnavi: Book Two



“The moon stays bright when it doesn't avoid the night....”



“Like a sculptor, if necessary,

carve a friend out of stone.

Realize that your inner sight is blind

and try to see a treasure in everyone.”


“Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”

“Love comes with a knife, not some shy question, and not with fears for its reputation!”



“There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope.

The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.” --The Essential Rumi



“Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies...”



“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.” --Essential Rumi



“Like This"

If anyone asks you

how the perfect satisfaction

of all our sexual wanting

will look, lift your face

and say,

Like this.

When someone mentions the gracefulness

of the nightsky, climb up on the roof

and dance and say,

Like this.

If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is,

or what "God’s fragrance" means,

lean your head toward him or her.

Keep your face there close.

Like this.

When someone quotes the old poetic image

about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,

slowly loosen knot by knot the strings

of your robe.

Like this.

If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,

don’t try to explain the miracle.

Kiss me on the lips.

Like this. Like this.

When someone asks what it means

to "die for love," point

here.

If someone asks how tall I am, frown

and measure with your fingers the space

between the creases on your forehead.

This tall.

The soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns.

When someone doesn’t believe that,

walk back into my house.

Like this.

When lovers moan,

they’re telling our story.

Like this.

I am a sky where spirits live.

Stare into this deepening blue,

while the breeze says a secret.

Like this.

When someone asks what there is to do,

light the candle in his hand.

Like this.

How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?

Huuuuu.

How did Jacob’s sight return?

Huuuu.

A little wind cleans the eyes.

Like this.

When Shams comes back from Tabriz,

he’ll put just his head around the edge

of the door to surprise us

Like this.”



“The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”



“Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you've been given the door will open.”



“The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.”



“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”



“When someone beats a rug,

the blows are not against the rug,

but against the dust in it.”



“There are lovers content with longing.

I’m not one of them.”



“I was dead, then alive.

Weeping, then laughing.

The power of love came into me,

and I became fierce like a lion,

then tender like the evening star.”



“You think because you understand 'one' you must also understand 'two', because one and one make two. But you must also understand 'and'.”



“The universe and the light of the stars come through me.”



“Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart.

A voice inside the beat says, 'I know you're tired, but come. This is the way'.”





“When you feel a peaceful joy, that's when you are near truth.”





“When you go through a hard period,

When everything seems to oppose you,

... When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,

NEVER GIVE UP!

Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!” --Essential Rumi



“Give your weakness to one who helps.”



“Oh soul,

you worry too much.

You have seen your own strength.

You have seen your own beauty.

You have seen your golden wings.

Of anything less,

why do you worry?

You are in truth

the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”



“If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.”



“Keep walking, though there's no place to get to.

Don't try to see through the distances.

That's not for human beings. Move within,

But don't move the way fear makes you move.”



“The cure for pain is in the pain.”



“You are the Truth from foot to brow. Now, what else would you like to know?”



“Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.”



"If all you can do is crawl, start crawling."



"This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and attend them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in."



"Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, and then are taken off. That undressing, and the beautiful naked body underneath, is the sweetness that comes after grief."



"Don't knock on any random door like a beggar. Reach your long hand out to another door, beyond where you go on the street, the street where everyone says, "How are you?" and no one says, "How aren't you?"



"Is what I say true? Say yes quickly, if you know, if you've known it from before the beginning of the universe."



"You are a fountain of the sun's light. I am a willow shadow on the ground. You make my raggedness silky."



"You fill yourself with the sharp pain of love, rather than its fulfillment. "



"I do not know who lives here in my chest, or why the smile comes. I am not myself, more the bare green knob of a rose that lost every leaf and petal to the morning wind."



"Something opens our wings, something makes boredom and hurt disappear."



"Inside of us, there's a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water."



"If these poems repeat themselves, then so does Spring."



"In this mob of I's inside, which one is me? Hear me out. I know I'm wandering, but don't start putting a lid on this racket. No telling what I'll do then. Every moment I'm thrown by your story. One moment it's happy, and I'm singing. One moment it's sad, and I'm weeping. It turns bitter, and I pull away. But then you spill a little grace, and just like that, I'm all light. It's not so bad, this arrangement, actually."



"This love is the rose that blooms forever."



"All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun's light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it's still one light."



"If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn't slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn't you know?"



"...my heart sinks like a comb into wave after wave of your silky hair."



"And if you are a rose, I am rose-shadow."



"I turn all thorn then, but you come back again and make my thorniness fragrant and pink and petaled."



"Try another way of looking. Try you looking and the whole universe seeing. "



"And even if this world burns up hidden harps will still play here."



"Even when tied in a thousand knots, the string is still but one."



"The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruit other than sorrow and joy."



"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd."



"Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free."



"Only from the heart can you touch the sky."



"When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy. When action come from another section, the feeling disappears."



"If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves."



"I am a drunkard from another kind of tavern. I dance to a silent tune. I am the symphony of stars."



"The wound is the place where the Light enters you."



"Be occupied, then, with what you really value and let the thief take something else."



"I want your sun to reach my raindrops, so your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud."



"Come sit with me! Let us drink the holy wine of happiness."



"You go from village to village on your horse asking everyone, 'Has anyone seen my horse?'"



"The ocean of the body crashes against the ocean of the heart. Between them is a barrier they cannot cross."



"Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure."



“I, you, he, she, we

In the garden of mystic lovers,

these are not true distinctions.”



“Put your thoughts to sleep,

do not let them cast a shadow

over the moon of your heart.

Let go of thinking.”



“The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it's gone.”



“This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say.”



“You are a lover of your own experience ... not of me ... you turn to me to feel ur own emotion.”



“Respond to every call

that excites your spirit.”--Essential Rumi



“A Thirsty Fish"

I don't get tired of you. Don't grow weary

of being compassionate toward me!

All this thirst equipment

must surely be tired of me,

the waterjar, the water carrier.

I have a thirsty fish in me

that can never find enough

of what it's thirsty for!

Show me the way to the ocean!

Break these half-measures,

these small containers.

All this fantasy

and grief.

Let my house be drowned in the wave

that rose last night in the courtyard

hidden in the center of my chest.

Joseph fell like the moon into my well.

The harvest I expected was washed away.

But no matter.

A fire has risen above my tombstone hat.

I don't want learning, or dignity,

or respectability.

I want this music and this dawn

and the warmth of your cheek against mine.

The grief-armies assemble,

but I'm not going with them.

This is how it always is

when I finish a poem.

A great silence comes over me,

and I wonder why I ever thought

to use language.”



“If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me.. For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.”



“The way of love is not

a subtle argument.

The door there

is devastation.

Birds make great sky-circles

of their freedom.

How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling,

they're given wings.”



“Love calls - everywhere and always.

We're sky bound.

Are you coming?”



“Oh sky, without me, do not change,

Oh moon, without me, do not shine;

Oh earth, without me, do not grow,

Oh time, without me, do not go.

...Oh, you cannot go, without me.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“If the wine drinker

has a deep gentleness in him,

he will show that when drunk.

But if he has hidden anger and arrogance,

those appear.”



“For without you, I swear, the town

Has become like a prison to me.

Distraction and the mountain

And the desert, all I desire.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“In the slaughterhouse of love, they kill only the best, none of the weak or deformed. Don't run away from this dying. Whoever's not killed for love is dead meat.”



“The rose's rarest essence lives in the thorns.”



“You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideals and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings.

You are not meant for crawling, so don't.

You have wings.

Learn to use them and fly.”



“Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.”



“Love is the cure,

for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain

until your eyes constantly exhale love as effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”



“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty

and frightened. Don't open the door to the study

and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”



“Love so needs to love

that it will endure almost anything, even abuse,

just to flicker for a moment. But the sky's mouth is kind,

its song will never hurt you, for I

sing those words.”


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“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”--Essential Rumi

“I am your moon and your moonlight too

I am your flower garden and your water too

I have come all this way, eager for you

Without shoes or shawl

I want you to laugh

To kill all your worries

To love you

To nourish you.”



“Since Love has made ruins of my heart

The sun must come and illumine them.

Such generosity has broken me with shame.”



“Don't try to steer the boat.

Don't open shop for yourself. Listen. Keep silent.

You are not God's mouthpiece. Try to be an ear,

And if you do speak, ask for explanations.” --The Essential Rumi



“Poems are rough notations for the music we are.”



“The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.”

“I am weary of personal worrying,

in love with the art of madness.”



“Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again;

For I am like the Moon,

you will see me with new face everyday.”



“You are so weak. Give up to grace.

The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.

You need more help than you know.” --The Essential Rumi



“Have you ever gotten breathless before from a beautiful face,

for I see you there,

my dear.”



“Do not leave me,

hide in my heart like a secret,

wind around my head like a turban."



"'I come and go as I please',"

you say, 'swift as a heartbeat'.

You can tease me as much as you like

but never leave me'.”



“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” --Essential Rumi



“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”



“You and I have spoken all these words, but for the way we have to go,words are no preparation. I have one small drop of knowing in my soul. Let it dissolve in your ocean.”



“I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not.

I went into the ancient temples of idolatry; no trace of Him was there.

I entered the mountain cave of Hira and then went as far as Qandhar but God I found not.

With set purpose I fared to the summit of Mount Caucasus and found there only 'anqa's habitation.

Then I directed my search to the Kaaba, the resort of old and young; God was not there even.

Turning to philosophy I inquired about him from ibn Sina but found Him not within his range.

I fared then to the scene of the Prophet's experience of a great divine manifestation only a "two bow-lengths' distance from him" but God was not there even in that exalted court.

Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else.”





“If in the darkness of ignorance, you don’t recognize a person’s true nature, look to see whom he has chosen for his leader.”





“To live without you

is to be robbed of love

and what is life without it?

To live without you

is death to me, my love

but some call it life.”



“Nothing can help me but that beauty.

There was a dawn I remember

when my soul heard something from your soul.

I drank water from your spring

and felt the current take me.”



“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”



“Pull the thorn of existence out of the heart! Fast!

For when you do, you will see thousands of rose gardens in yourself.”



“No more words. In the name of this place we drink in with our breathing, stay quiet like a flower.

So the nightbirds will start singing.”--Night and Sleep



“Some nights stay up till dawn,

as the moon sometimes does for the sun.

Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way

of a well, then lifted out into light.”



“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”



“Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;

How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.”--Essential Rumi



“Keep on knocking

'til the joy inside

opens a window

look to see who's there.”



“What can I do, Muslims? I do not know myself.

I am neither Christian nor Jew, neither Magian nor Muslim,

I am not from east or west, not from land or sea,

not from the shafts of nature nor from the spheres of the firmament,

not of the earth, not of water, not of air, not of fire.

I am not from the highest heaven, not from this world,

not from existence, not from being.

I am not from India, not from China, not from Bulgar, not from Saqsin,

not from the realm of the two Iraqs, not from the land of Khurasan.

I am not from the world, not from beyond,

not from heaven and not from hell.

I am not from Adam, not from Eve, not from paradise and not from Ridwan.

My place is placeless, my trace is traceless,

no body, no soul, I am from the soul of souls.

I have chased out duality, lived the two worlds as one.

One I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call.

He is the first, he is the last, he is the outer, he is the inner.

Beyond He and He is I know no other.

I am drunk from the cup of love, the two worlds have escaped me.

I have no concern but carouse and rapture.

If one day in my life I spend a moment without you

from that hour and that time I would repent my life.

If one day I am given a moment in solitude with you

I will trample the two worlds underfoot and dance forever.

O Sun of Tabriz, I am so tipsy here in this world,

I have no tale to tell but tipsiness and rapture.”



“My friend, you thought you lost Him;

that all your life you've been separated from Him.

Filled with wonder, you've always looked outside for Him,

and haven't searched within your own house.”



“You have forgotten the One

who doesn't care about ownership,

who doesn't try to turn a profit

from every human exchange.” --The Essential Rumi



“Although you see the pit, you cannot avoid it.”



“All day I think about it, then at night I say it.

Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?

I have no idea.

My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,

And I intend to end up there.

This drunkenness began in some other tavern.

When I get back around to that place,

I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile,

I'm like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.

The day is coming when I fly off,

But who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?

Who says words with my mouth?

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?

I cannot stop asking.

If I could taste one sip of an answer,

I could break out of this prison for drunks.

I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.

Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.

This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say.

I don't plan it.

When I'm outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

We have a huge barrel of wine, but no cups.

That's fine with us. Every morning

We glow and in the evening we glow again.”



“Into this new love, die

your way begins

on the other side

become the sky

take an axe to the prison wall,

escape

walk out like someone

suddenly born into color

do it now.”



“You must ask for what you really want. / Don't go back to sleep. / The door

is round and open. / Don't go back to sleep.”



“Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being.”



“A strange passion is moving in my head My heart has become a bird which searches in the sky."



"Every part of me goes in different directions.

Is it really so that the one I love is Everywhere?”





“Beyond the rightness or wrongness of things there is a field, I'll meet you there.”



“I want to be where your bare foot walks, because maybe before you step, you'll look at the ground. I want that blessing.” 

“The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize.”



“Keep your intelligence white hot and your grief glistening

so your life will stay fresh.”



“That moon which the sky never saw

even in dreams

has risen again.”



“Let's get away from

all the clever humans

who put words in our mouth

let's only say what our hearts desire.”



“In the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances.”



“Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go.”



“Whoever finds love

beneath hurt and grief

disappears into emptiness

with a thousand new disguises”

“God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.

Each note is a need coming through one of us,

a passion, a longing pain.

Remember the lips

where the wind-breath originated,

and let your note be clear.

Don't try to end it.

Be your note.”



“You think you are alive

because you breathe air?

Shame on you,

that you are alive in such a limited way.

Don't be without Love,

so you won't feel dead.

Die in Love

and stay alive forever.”



“Do you know what you are?

You are a manuscript of a divine letter.

You are a mirror reflecting a noble face.

This universe is not outside of you.

Look inside yourself;

everything that you want,

you are already that.” --Hush, Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi



“Look past your thoughts, so you may

drink the pure nectar of This Moment.”



“My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless ;

'Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.

I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;

One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call. ”



“Thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.”



“Let silence take you to the core of life.”



“Why am I seeking? I am the same as he. His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself.”



“We can't help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water.”



“The world's flattery and hypocrisy is a sweet morsel:

eat less of it, for it is full of fire.

Its fire is hidden while its taste is manifest,

but its smoke becomes visible in the end. ”



“The same wind that uproots trees

makes the grass shine.

The lordly wind loves the weakness

and the lowness of grasses.

Never brag of being strong.

The axe doesn't worry how thick the branches are.

It cuts them to pieces. But not the leaves.

It leaves the leaves alone.” --The Essential Rumi



“Because I cannot sleep I make music in the night.”



“Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.”



“Hear this if you can:

If you want to reach him

You have to go beyond yourself

And when you finally arrive at the land of absence

Be silent

Don’t say a thing

Ecstasy, not words, is the language spoken there.” --The Rubais of Rumi: Insane with Love



“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”



“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”



“This that is tormented and very tired,

tortured with restraints like a madman,

this heart.”



“We love that s why life is full of so many wonderful gifts.”



“The Prophets accept all agony and trust it

For the water has never feared the fire.”



“Darkness may hide the trees

and the flowers from the eyes

but it cannot hide

love from the soul.”



“There are thousands of wines

that can take over our minds.

Don't think all ecstasies

are the same!

Jesus was lost in his love for God.

His donkey was drunk with barley.” --The Essential Rumi



“Stars burn clear

all night till dawn.

Do that yourself, and a spring will rise in the dark with water your deepest thirst is for.”



“You soak up my soul and mingle me. Each drop of my blood cries out to the earth. We are partners, blended as one.”



“Be quiet now and wait.

It may be that the ocean one,

the one we desire so to move into and become,

desires us out here on land a little longer,

going our sundry roads to the shore.”



“How will you know the difficulties of being human, if you are always flying off to blue perfection? Where will you plant your grief seeds? Workers need ground to scrape and hoe, not the sky of unspecified desire.”



“Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love? The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes.”



“I would love to kiss you.

The price of kissing is your life.”



“Without you the instruments would die.

One sits close beside you. Another takes a long kiss.

The tambourine begs, Touch my skin so I can be myself.

Let me feel you enter each limb bone by bone,

that what died last night can be whole today."


"Why live some soberer way, and feel you ebbing out? I won't do it.

Either give me enough wine or leave me alone,

now that I know how it is

to be with you in constant conversation.”

--Night and Sleep

“You're water. We're the millstone.

You're wind. We're dust blown up into shapes.

You're spirit. We're the opening and closing

of our hands. You're the clarity.

We're the language that tries to say it.

You're joy. We're all the different kinds of laughing." --The Essential Rumi



“Sadness to me is the happiest time,

When a shining city rises from the ruins of my drunken mind.

Those times when I'm silent and still as the earth,

The thunder of my roar is heard across the universe.”



“Shine like the whole universe is yours.”



“The ear participates, and helps arrange marriages;

the eye has already made love with what it sees.

The eye knows pleasure, delights in the body's shape:

the ear hears words that talk about all this.

When hearing takes place, character areas change;

but when you see, inner areas change.

If all you know about fire is what you have heard

see if the fire will agree to cook you!

Certain energies come only when you burn.

If you long for belief, sit down in the fire!

When the ear receives subtly; it turns into an eye.

But if words do not reach the ear in the chest, nothing happens.” --Night and Sleep

“Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.”



“Work on your strong qualities

and become resplendent like the ruby.

Practice self-denial and accept difficulty.

Always see infinite life in letting the self die.

Your stoniness will decrease; your ruby nature will grow.

The signs of self-existence will leave your body,

and ecstasy will take you over.”



“Bring the pure wine of

love and freedom.

But sir, a tornado is coming.

More wine, we'll teach this storm

A thing or two about whirling.”



“You think of yourself

as a citizen of the universe.

You think you belong

to this world of dust and matter.

Out of this dust

you have created a personal image,

and have forgotten

about the essence of your true origin.” --Hush, Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi



“Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft,

wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?”



“O my choice beauty

You've gone

But your love remains in my heart

Your image in my eye

O guide on my winding road

I keep turning round and round in the hopes of

Finding you.” --The Rubais of Rumi: Insane with Love



“If you desire healing,

let yourself fall ill

let yourself fall ill.”



“This mirror inside me shows.

I can’t say what, but I can’t not know.

I run from body. I run from spirit.

I do not belong anywhere.”



“The soul is here for its own joy.”



“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.”



“When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off;

you become lame, abandoned by a fantasy.

…People fancy they are enjoying themselves,

but they are really tearing out their wings

for the sake of an illusion.”



“You are an ocean in a drop of dew,

all the universes in a thin sack of blood.

What are these pleasures then,

these joys, these worlds

that you keep reaching for,

hoping they will make you more alive?”



“Love isn't the work of the tender and the gentle;

Love is the work of wrestlers.

The one who becomes a servant of lovers

is really a fortunate sovereign.

Don't ask anyone about Love; ask Love about Love.

Love is a cloud that scatters pearls.”



“Make your last journey

from this strange world

soar for the heights

where there is no more

separation of you and your home

God has created

your wings not to be dormant

as long as you are alive

you must try more and more

to use your wings to show you're alive.”



“Hall of Love has ten thousand swords. Don't be afraid to use one.”



“*-"The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along."



“And watch two men washing clothes, one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. they seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony."



Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work.”



“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”



“We were green: we ripened and grew golden.

The Sea terrified us: we learned how to drown.

Squat and earthbound, we unfolded huge wings.

We started sober: are love's startled drunkards.

You hide me in your cloak of nothingness

Reflect my ghost in your glass of being

I am nothing, yet appear: transparent dream

Where your eternity briefly trembles.”





“For the thirst to possess your love,

Is worth my blood a hundred times.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“The Ego is a veil between humans and God’.”



“In prayer all are equal.”



“Body is not veiled from soul, neither soul from body,

Yet no man hath ever seen a soul.” --The Masnavi, Book One



“At the end of my life, with just one breath left,

if you come, I’ll sit up and sing.”



“Each moment from all sides rushes to us the call to love.

We are running to contemplate its vast green field.

Do you want to come with us?” --Call to Love: In the Rose Garden with Rumi



“Love Dogs"

One night a man was crying,

Allah! Allah!

His lips grew sweet with the praising,

until a cynic said,

'So! I have heard you

calling out, but have you ever

gotten any response?'

The man had no answer to that.

He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.

He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,

in a thick, green foliage.

'Why did you stop praising?'

'Because I've never heard anything back.'

'This longing

you express is the return message'."

"The grief you cry out from

draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness

that wants help

is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.

That whining is the connection.

There are love dogs

no one knows the names of.

Give your life

to be one of them.”



“I want your sun to reach my raindrops, so your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud.”



“We may know who we are or we may not. We may be Muslims, Jews or Christians but until our hearts become the mould for every heart we will see only our differences.”



“You are the drop, and the ocean

you are kindness, you are anger,

you are sweetness, you are poison.

Do not make me more disheartened.

you are the chamber of the sun,

you are the abode of venus,

you are the garden of all hope.

Oh, Beloved, let me enter.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“Soul receives from soul that knowledge, therefore not by book nor from tongue. If knowledge of mysteries come after emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart.”



“Where lowland is, that's where water goes. All medicine wants is pain to cure.”



“There came one and knocked at the door of the Beloved.

And a voice answered and said, 'Who is there?'

The lover replied, 'It is I.'

'Go hence,' returned the voice;

'there is no room within for thee and me.'

Then came the lover a second time and knocked and again the voice demanded,

'Who is there?'

He answered, 'It is thou.'

'Enter,' said the voice, 'for I am within'.”



“I am the servant of the Qur'an as long as I have life. I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen One.”--The Quatrains of Rumi: Complete Translation with Persian Text, Islamic Mystical Commentary, Manual of Terms, and Concordance



“Don’t wait any longer.

Dive in the ocean,

Leave and let the sea be you.”



“I was a thorn rushing to be with a rose, vinegar blending with honey…

Then I found some dirt to make an ointment that would honor my soul…

Love says, 'You are right,

but don’t claim these changes.

Remember, I am wind. You are an ember I ignite'.”



“Dancing is not just getting up painlessly, like a leaf blown on the wind; dancing is when you tear your heart out and rise out of your body to hang suspended between the worlds.”



“I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.”



“Today I'm out wandering, turning my skull

into a cup for others to drink wine from.

In this town somewhere there sits a calm, intelligent man,

who doesn't know what he's about to do!”



“Bitter your acts, bitter am I,

Kindness your deeds, kindness am I,

Pleasant and gentle, so you are,

Fine honeyed lips and sweet talker.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“The angel is free because of his knowledge, the beast because of his ignorance. Between the two remains the son of man to struggle.”



“We gather at night to celebrate

being human. Sometimes we call out low

to the tambourine. Fish drink the sea,

but the sea does not get smaller! We

eat the clouds and evening light. We

are slaves tasting the royal wine.”



“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”



“And patience flees my heart,

And reason flees my mind.

Oh, how drunk can I get to be,

Without your love's security." --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

“Go back,

go back to sleep.

Yes, you are allowed.

You who have no Love in your heart,

you can go back to sleep.

The power of Love

is exclusive to us,

you can go back to sleep.

I have been burnt

by the fire of Love.

You who have no such yearning in your heart,

go back to sleep.

The path of Love,

has seventy-two folds and countless facets.

Your love and religion

is all about deceit, control and hypocrisy,

go back to sleep.

I have torn to pieces my robe of speech,

and have let go of the desire to converse.

You who are not naked yet,

you can go back to sleep.”--Hush, Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi



“Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love

Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.”



“Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. But this dove here senses the love hawk floating above, and waits, and will not be driven or scared to safety.”



“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.”



“Listen, O drop, give yourself up without regret,

and in exchange gain the Ocean.

Listen, O drop, bestow upon yourself this honor,

and in the arms of the Sea be secure.

Who indeed should be so fortunate?

An Ocean wooing a drop!

In God's name, in God's name, sell and buy at once!

Give a drop, and take this Sea full of pearls.”



“Knowledge that is acquired

is not like this. Those who have it worry if

audiences like it or not.

It's a bait for popularity.

Disputational knowing wants customers.

It has no soul...

The only real customer is God.

Chew quietly

your sweet sugarcane God-Love, and stay

playfully childish.” --The Essential Rumi



“Drumsound rises on the air,

its throb, my heart.

A voice inside the beat says,

'I know you're tired,

but come. This is the way.” --Essential Rumi


“God calls himself "Baseer" [Observant], so that the knowledge that He is watching you may keep you from sinning.”

“Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.”



“There is a way between voice and presence, where information flows.

In disciplined silence it opens; with wandering talk it closes.”



“A craftsman pulled a reed from the reedbed,

cut holes in it, and called it a human being.

Since then, it's been wailing a tender agony

of parting, never mentioning the skill

that gave it life as a flute.”



“Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.”



“In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves."



"You suppose you are the trouble

But you are the cure

You suppose that you are the lock on the door

But you are the key that opens it

It's too bad that you want to be someone else

You don't see your own face, your own beauty

Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours."



"Only from the heart Can you touch the sky."



"People of the world don't look at themselves, and so they blame one another."



"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”



“What the sayer of praise is really praising is himself,

by saying implicitly,

'My eyes are clear.'

Likewise, someone who criticizes is criticizing

himself, saying implicitly, 'I can't see very well

with my eyes so inflamed'.”



“O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now,

Be all – worlds dissolve into your stainless endless radiance,

Frail living leaves burn with your brighter than cold stares –"



“Be helpless, dumbfounded,

Unable to say yes or no.

Then a stretcher will come from grace

to gather us up.

We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty.

If we say we can, we’re lying.

If we say No, we don’t see it,

That No will behead us

And shut tight our window onto spirit.

So let us rather not be sure of anything,

Beside ourselves, and only that, so

Miraculous beings come running to help.

Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,

We shall be saying finally,

With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.

When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,

We shall be a mighty kindness.”



“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live.”



“Your magnificence has made me a wonder. Your charm has taught me the way of love.”



“When soul rises

Into lips

You feel the kiss

You have wanted.”



“Though Destiny a hundred times waylays you,in the end it pitches a tent for you in Heaven.

It is God's loving kindness to terrify you,in order to lead you to His Kingdom of safety. ”



“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”



“When you lose all sense of self the bonds of a thousands chains will vanish.

Lose yourself completely, return to the root of the root of your own soul.”



“God has allowed some magical reversal to occur,

so that you see the scorpion pit

as an object of desire,

and all the beautiful expanse around it

as dangerous and swarming with snakes.”



“Tuhan Mengguyuri hati dengan darah dan air mata sebelum mengukir segala rahasiaNya di sana...”



“You had better run from me. My words are fire.” --The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing



“Be certain that in the religion of Love there are no believers and unbelievers. LOVE embraces all.”



“There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds. Don't think all ecstasies are the same!”



“I see my beauty in you.”



“Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible. If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend.”



“Be a helpful friend,

and you will become a green tree

with always new fruit,

always deeper journeys into love.” --Bridge to the Soul: Journeys Into the Music and Silence of the Heart



“Love asks us to enjoy our life

For nothing good can come of death.

Who is alive? I ask.

Those who are born of love.

Seek us in love itself,

Seek love in us ourselves.

Sometimes I venerate love,

Sometimes it venerates me.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

“Each has to enter the nest made by the other imperfect bird.”



“I cannot sleep in your presence

In your absence, tears prevent me

you watch me my beloved

on each sleepiness night and

Only you see the difference.”



“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.”



“It is certain that an atom of goodness on the path of faith is never lost.”



“Love is a river. Drink from it.”



“I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you all else melted away.”



“You are my shams.”



“Every moment a taste of that beauty in our mouths, another stashed in a pocket. Impossible to say what: no cypress so handsome, no sunlight, a lonely hiddenness. Other pleasure gathers a crowd, starts a fight, lots of noise there. But soul beauty stays quiet..his amazing whereabouts unknown inside my heart.”

“Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it.” --The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing



“I am so close, I may look distant.

So completely mixed with you, I may look separate.

So out in the open, I appear hidden.

So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.”



“Some Hindus have an elephant to show.

No one here has ever seen an elephant.

They bring it at night to a dark room.

One by one, we go in the dark and come out

saying how we experience the animal.

One of us happens to touch the trunk.

A water-pipe kind of creature.

Another, the ear. A strong, always moving

back and forth, fan-animal. Another, the leg.

I find it still, like a column on a temple.

Another touches the curve back.

A leathery throne. Another, the cleverest,

feels the tusk. A rounded sword made of porcelain.

He is proud of his description.

Each of us touches one place

and understands the whole in that way.

The palm and the fingers feeling in the dark

are how the senses explore the reality of the elephant.

If each of us held a candle there,

and if we went in together, we could see it.” --A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings



“The middle path is the way to wisdom.”



“To Love is to be God.

Never will a Lover's chest

feel any sorrow.

Never will a Lover's robe

be touched by mortals.

Never will a Lover's body

be found buried in the earth.

To Love is to be God.”



“You are the Essence of the Essence,

The intoxication of Love.

I long to sing Your Praises

but stand mute

with the agony of wishing in my heart !” --The Love Poems of Rumi



“On the path of Love we are neither masters nor the owners of our lives. We are only a brush in the hand of the Master Painter.”



“A servant wants to be rewarded for what he does. A lover wants only to be in love's presence, that ocean whose depth will never be known.” --The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing



“I'm in love!

Your advice, what are they?

Love has poisoned me!

Your remedies, what are they?

I hear them shout: 'fast, Bind him feet!' 

But if my heart that has gone mad!

Those strings on my feet

What is the point?”



“Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty.”



“You dance inside my chest,

where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do, and that

sight becomes this art.”



“Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.”

“I died as a mineral and became a plant,

I died as a plant and rose to animal,

I died as an animal and I was Man.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?”

“Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love.”



“If i can only recount

the story of my life

right out of my body

flames will grow.”





“There are no edges to my loving now.”



“If we come to sleep

we are His drowsy ones

And if we come to wake

we are in His hands

If we come to weeping

we are His cloud full of raindrops

And if we come to laughing

we are His lightning in that moment

If we come to anger and battle

it is the reflection of His wrath

And if we come to peace and pardon

it is the reflection of His love

Who are we in this complicated world?”



“As for us, He has appointed the job of permanent unemployment.

If he wanted us to work, after all,

He would not have created this wine.

With a skinfull of this, Sir,

would you rush out to commit economics?”



“...the way you make love is the way God will be with you.”

“What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.” --Essential Rumi



“Let go of your mind and then be mindful.

Close your ears and listen!” --Love's Ripening: Rumi on the Heart's Journey



“Speak a new language

so that the world

will be a new world.”



“Body of earth, don't talk of earth

Tell the story of pure mirrors

The Creator has given you this splendor--

Why talk of anything else?”



“Love is the whole thing.

We are only pieces.”


“Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine.”



“Shams, my body is a candle touched with fire.”

--Night and Sleep



“Every story is us.” --The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing



“Suddenly the drunken sweetheart appeared out of my door.

She drank a cup of ruby wine and sat by my side.

Seeing and holding the lockets of her hair

My face became all eyes, and my eyes all hands.”



“I've come to take you with me

even if I must drag you along

But first I must steal your heart

then settle you in my soul.

I've come as a spring

to lay beside your blossoms

To feel the glory of happiness

and spread your flowers around

I've come to show you off

as the adornment in my house

and elevate you to the heavens

as the prayers of those in love.

I've come to take back

the kiss you once stole

Either return it with grace

or i must take it by force

You're my life

You're my soul

Please be my last prayer

My heart must hold you forever

From the lowly earth

to the high human soul

There are a lot more

than a thousand stages

Since I've taken you along

from town to town

no way will I abandon

you halfway down this road

Though you're in my hands

Though i can throw you around

like a child and a ball

I'll always need to chase after you.”



“Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’

doesn’t make sense any more.”

“Judge the moth by the beauty of the candle.

“Dance until you shatter yourself.”



“There's a field somewhere

beyond all doubt and wrong doing.

I'll meet you there.”



“There is a loneliness more precious than life. There is a freedom more precious than the world. Infinitely more precious than life and the world is that moment when one is alone with God.”



“As you live Deeper in the Heart, the Mirror gets clearer and cleaner.”



“Oh you, unceasing sun, to me

Your particles communicate

The luminous essence of God,

Are you our God? I do not know.

Intoxicated, I say nought,

Bewitched by the magic potion.

I cannot differentiate

Between my drunk and sober state.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“Oh you, straying heart, just come!

Oh you, aching liver, just come!

If the path to the gate is closed,

Take the way by the wall, but come!” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“Oh sky, without me, do not change,

Oh moon, without me, do not shine;

Oh earth, without me, do not grow,

Oh time, without me, do not go.

Others give you the name of Love,

And me the sultan of that love.

Higher than such illusions,

Oh, you cannot go, without me.” --Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi



“Break your pitcher against a rock. We don't need any longer to haul pieces of the ocean around.”



"What can I do?

I am neither Christian nor Jew, nor Muslim nor Hindu.

What can I do? What can I do?

Not of the East, nor of the West,

Nor of the land, nor of the sea,

Not of nature's essence, nor of circling heavens.

What could I be?”



“I will soothe you and heal you,

I will bring you roses.

I too have been covered with thorns.”



“I said, 'I just want to know you and then disappear.'

She said, 'Knowing me does not mean dying.' "



“When the rose is gone and the garden faded

you will no longer hear the nightingale's song.

The Beloved is all; the lover just a veil.

The Beloved is living; the lover a dead thing.

If love withholds its strengthening care,

the lover is left like a bird without care,

the lover is left like a bird without wings.

How will I be awake and aware

if the light of the Beloved is absent?

Love wills that this Word be brought forth.” --Teachings of Rumi



“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.”

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”



“With passion pray.

With passion make love.

With passion eat and drink and dance and play.

Why look like a dead fish

in this ocean of God?”

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