March 15 by The Running Son
Posted by “antryump” Feb 18, 2013 at: http://antryump.wordpress.com/
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, or simply Rumi, was a 13th century persian mystic, poet and theologian. 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.” Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language.
“Why should I seek? I am the same as
He. His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself!”
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
“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 you seek is seeking you.”
“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.”
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
“Two there are who are never satisfied — the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”
“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.
“Be like melting snow — wash yourself of yourself.”
“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.”
“I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.”
“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”
“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”
“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.”
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“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”
“They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls?”
“The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night….”
“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.”
“Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”
“The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”
“Put your thoughts to sleep,
do not let them cast a shadow
over the moon of your heart.
Let go of thinking.”
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
“When someone beats a rug,
the blows are not against the rug,
but against the dust in it.”
“Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given the door with open.
“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.”
“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.”
“Give your weakness to one who helps.”
“You are a lover of your own experience … not of me … you turn to me to feel ur own emotion”
“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.
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
“You are the Truth from foot to brow. Now, what else would you like to know?
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
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