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Rumi

• Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.


Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.

• Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,


Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.

• Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.

• Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart,


and that depends upon how much he has polished it.
Whoever has polished it more sees more — more unseen forms
become manifest to him.

• I am so happy, I cannot be contained in the world;


But like a spirit, I am hidden from the eyes of the world.
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 fault is in the blamer — Spirit sees nothing to criticize.

• Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

• Come, come, whoever you are.


Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn't matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
Come, come again, come.

• I want a heart which is split, part by part, because of the pain of


separation from God, so that I might explain my longing and
complaint to it.

• You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?

• 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.

• his discipline and rough treatment are a furnace


to extract the silver from the dross.
This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away.

• Fortunate is he who does not carry envy as a companion.

• The idol of your self is the mother of all idols.


To regard the self as easy to subdue is a mistake.

• If you wish mercy, show mercy to the weak.


• f you dig a pit for others to fall into,
you will fall into it yourself.

• Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader,


are your own nature reflected in them.

• The lion who breaks the enemy's ranks


is a minor hero
compared to the lion who overcomes himself.

• Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.

• Were there no men of vision,


all who are blind would be dead.

• If you are wholly perplexed and in straits,


have patience, for patience is the key to joy.

• f you are irritated by every rub,


how will your mirror be polished?

• Anyone in whom the troublemaking self has died,


sun and cloud obey.
If you wish to shine like day,
burn up the night of self-existence.
Dissolve in the Being who is everything.

• There is no worse sickness for the soul,


O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.
The heart and eyes must bleed a lot
before self-complacency falls away.

• When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease, then leave
him who will not be cured, and tell your story to someone who seeks the
truth

• 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.

• 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.

• What is the body? That shadow of a shadow


of your love, that somehow contains
the entire universe.
• here is no reality but God,
says the completely surrendered sheik, who is an ocean for all
beings.

• Disputational knowing wants customers.


It has no soul.

• Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded.


Someone sober will worry about events going badly.
Let the lover be.

• I can't stop pointing


to the beauty.
• Every moment and place says,
"Put this design in your carpet!"
• From Hallaj, I learned to hunt lions, but I became something hungrier than
a lion.
• This dance is the joy of existence.
• I am filled with you.
Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.
There's no room for lack of trust, or trust.
Nothing in this existence but that existence.

• The place that Solomon made to worship in,


called the Far Mosque, is not built of earth
and water and stone, but of intention and wisdom
and mystical conversation and compassionate action.

• Solomon goes there every morning and gives guidance


with words, with musical harmonies, and in actions,
which are the deepest teaching. A prince is just
a conceit until he does something with generosity.

• Gamble everything for love,


if you are a true human being.

• Do not believe in an absurdity


no matter who says it.

• Silence
is an ocean. Speech is a river.
• When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk
into the language-river. Listen to the ocean,
and bring your talky business to an end
• Traditional words are just babbling
in that presence, and babbling is a substitute
for sight.
• Every object and being in the universe is
a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty,
a drop of the Tigris that cannot be contained
by any skin. Every jarful spills and makes the earth
more shining, as though covered in satin.

• You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen
your shoulders, and open.

• Christ is the population of the world,


and every object as well. There is no room
for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing
when sweet water is everywhere?

• Lovers think they are looking for each other,


but there is only one search: wandering
This world is wandering that, both inside one
transparent sky. In here
there is no dogma and no heresy.

• The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did


about the future. Forget the future.
I'd worship someone who could do that.

• The cure for pain is in the pain.


Good and bad are mixed. If you don't have both,
you don't belong with us.

• Learn from Ali how to fight


without your ego participating.
God's lion did nothing
that didn't originate
from his deep center.

• I am God's Lion, not the lion of passion....


I have no longing
except for the One.
When a wind of personal reaction comes,
I do not go along with it.
There are many winds full of anger,
and lust and greed. They move the rubbish around,
but the solid mountain of our true nature stays where it's always been.

• This
that we are now
created the body, cell by cell,
like bees building a honeycomb.
• The human body and the universe
grew from this, not this from the universe and the human body.
• o not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
• Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average
eyes would see as fixed and still.
• God's joy moved from unmarked box to unmarked box,
from cell to cell.
• Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
• Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don't claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.
• Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about
language, ideas, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.
• Between wrongness and rightness there is a field. I will meet you there.

• Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation?


What do you know of Love except the name?
Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain,
and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.
Since Love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal:
it has no interest in a disloyal companion.
The human being resembles a tree; its root is a covenant with God:
that root must be cherished with all one's might.
• Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune:
every success depends upon focusing the heart.
• Even though you're not equipped,
keep searching:
equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Lord.
• If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?
• When you see anyone complaining
of such and such a person's ill-nature and bad temper,
know that the complainant is bad-tempered,
forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person,
because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing
towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.
• 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.
• Many have been led astray by the Qur'an:
by clinging to that rope many have fallen into the well.
There is no fault in the rope, O perverse man,
for it was you who had no desire to reach the top.
• 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.
• The lower self does not want anyone to receive anything from anybody else, and
if it is aware of something receiving a special boon, it seeks to destroy it.
• Whatever posessions and objects of its desires the lower self may obtain, it hangs on
to them, refusing to let them go out of greed for more, or out of fear of poverty and
need.
• To Love is to reach 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 reach God.
• Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.
• When in Love,
body, mind, heart and soul don't even exist.
• My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown.
• They will ask you
what you have produced.
Say to them,
except for Love,
what else can a Lover produce?
• My head is bursting
with the joy of the unknown.
My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
Every cell,
taking wings,
flies about the world.
All seek separately
the many faces of my Beloved.
• There is a certain cloud,
impregnated with a
thousand lightnings.
There is my body,
in it an ocean formed of his glory,
all the creation,
all the universes,
all the galaxies,
are lost in it.
• This is a gathering of Lovers. In this gathering there is no high, no low, no smart, no
ignorant ,no special assembly, no grand discourse, no proper schooling required..
• I always thought thatI was me — but no,
I was you
and never knew it.
• Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.
• This is a gathering of Lovers.
In this gathering
there is no high, no low,
no smart, no ignorant,
no special assembly,
no grand discourse,
no proper schooling required.
There is no master,
no disciple.
This gathering is more like a drunken party,
full of tricksters, fools,
mad men and mad women.
This is a gathering of Lovers.
• Love said to me,
there is nothing that is not me.
Be silent.
• I don't know where I am.
At times I plunge
to the bottom of the sea,
at times, rise up
like the Sun.
• At times, the universe is pregnant by me,
at times I give birth to it.
• A hundred souls cried out, but
we are yours, we are yours, we are yours.
You are the light
that spoke to Moses and said
I am God, I am God, I am God.
I said Shams-e Tabrizi, who are you?
He said, I am you, I am you, I am you.
• Even if you lose yourself in wrath
for a hundred thousand years,
at the end you will discover,
it is me, who is the culmination of your dreams.

• They will accuse you of all the wrongdoings, they will call you ugly names, they will
make you forget it is me, who is the source of your happiness.
• Didn't I tell you
not to be satisfied with the veil of this world?
I am the master illusionist,
it is me, who is the welcoming banner at the gate of your contentment.
• Didn't I tell you?
I am an ocean, you are a fish;
do not go to the dry land,
it is me, who is your comforting body of water.
• Didn't I tell you?
They will accuse you of all the wrongdoings,
they will call you ugly names,
they will make you forget
it is me, who is the source of your happiness.
• 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.
• O SUN, fill our house once more with light!
Make happy all your friends and blind your foes!
Rise from behind the hill, transform the stones
To rubies and the sour grapes to wine!
O Sun, make our vineyard fresh again,
And fill the steppes with houris and green cloaks!
Physician of the lovers, heaven's lamp!
Rescues the lovers! Help the suffering!
Show but your face - the world is filled with light!
But if you cover it, it's the darkest night!
• asked for a kiss you gave me six. Whose pupil were you to become such a master?
Full of kindness, generosity... You are not of this world.
• Stay in the company of lovers.
Those other kinds of people, they each
want to show you something.
• A crow will lead you to an empty barn,
A parrot to sugar.
• You are in love with me, I shall make you perplexed.
Do not build much, for I intend to have you in ruins. If you build two hundred
houses in a manner that the bees do; I shall make you as homeless as a fly. If you
are the mount Qaf in stability. I shall make you whirl like a millstone.