If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself. From within, I couldn’t decide what to do. Unable to see, I heard my name being called. Then I walked outside.
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.
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!
Don’t put blankets over the drum! Open completely. Let your spirit ear listen to the green dome’s passionate murmur.
I’m dominated by Love, By my passion of love for Love.
If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action.
One drop of that ocean is Hope, and the rest is fear.
If you wish for light, Be ready to receive light.
We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.
Journey from the self to the Self and find the mine of gold. Leave behind what is sour and bitter and move toward the sweet.
Know that a word suddenly shot from the tongue is like an arrow shot from the bow. Son, that arrow won’t turn back on its way; you must damn the torrent at its source.
I am burning. If anyone lacks tinder, let him set his rubbish ablaze with my fire.
Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.
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?
Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen!
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.
The heart is cooking a pot of food for you. Be patient until it is cooked.
What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.
I found the Divine within my Heart.
Who says the eternal being does not exist? Who says the sun has gone out? Someone who climbs up on the roof and closes his eyes tight, and says, I don’t see anything.
Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you.
Then you will see your own light as radiant as the full moon.
Each moment contains a hundred messages from God.
IGNORANCE I didn’t know love would make me this crazy, with my eyes like the river Ceyhun carrying me in its rapids out to sea,where every bit of shattered boat sinks to the bottom. An alligator lifts its head and swallows the ocean, then the ocean floor becomes a desert covering the alligator in sand drifts. Changes do happen. I do not know how, or what remains of what has disappeared into the absolute. I hear so many stories and explanations, but I keep quiet, because I don’t know anything, and because something I swallowed in the ocean has made me completely content with ignorance.
You are not just the drop in the ocean. You are the mighty ocean in the drop.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. — Rumi
and became like blood in my body.
It rushed through my veins and
encircled my Heart.
Everywhere I looked,
I saw One Thing….
Love’s Name written
on my limbs,
on my left palm,
on my forehead,
on the back of my neck,
on my right big toe…
Oh, my friend,
all that you see of me
is just a shell,
and the rest belongs to Love. — Rumi
Bitter your acts, bitter am I, Kindness your deeds, kindness am I, Pleasant and gentle, so you are, Fine honeyed lips and sweet talker. — Rumi
The unseen presence keeps saying to us,
‘You are Joy!’ — Rumi
Love is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end. Imagine, a suspended ocean, riding on a cushion of ancient secrets. — Rumi
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. — Rumi
Are you searching for your soul?
Then come out of your own prison. — Rumi
Wisdom is like the rain. Its source is limitless, but it comes down according to the season. — Rumi
There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into light. — Rumi
Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror up to where you’re bravely working. — Rumi
Dance until you shatter yourself. — Rumi
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. — Rumi
Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open? — Rumi
Truth lifts the heart, like water refreshes thirst. — Rumi
Ways of worshipping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another… It’s all praise, and it’s all right. — Rumi
Be a helpful friend, and you will become a green tree with always new fruit, always deeper journeys into love. — Rumi
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. — Rumi
I am so close, I may look distant. — Rumi
Whether one moves
slowly or with speed,
the one who
is a seeker
will be a finder. — Rumi
The spiritual path wrecks the body And afterwards restores it to health. It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, And with that treasure builds it better than before. — Rumi
We are the Sun with all the different
kinds of Light. — Rumi
There is a way between voice and presence, where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens; with wandering talk it closes. — Rumi
The lover never despairs.
For a committed heart everything is possible. — Rumi
If someone asks,
But what is Love?
Dissolving the will. — Rumi
The world is a mountain, in which your words are echoed back to you. — Rumi
The wealth within you, your essence, is your kingdom. — Rumi
Bathe in the splendor of your own Light. — Rumi
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. — Rumi
Soul of all souls, life of all life – you are That.
Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving – you are That. — Rumi
I am the glorious sun, the ocean laden with pearls. Within my heart is the grandeur of heaven. — Rumi
No prayer is complete without presence. — Rumi
You can accomplish a hundred other things but if you do not accomplish the one thing for which you have been sent, it will be as if you have done nothing. — Rumi
Stop, open up, surrender the beloved blind silence.
Stay there until you see you’re looking at the light
with infinite eyes. — Rumi
Be silent. That heart speaks without tongue or lips. — Rumi
Just as the heart becomes carefree in a place of green, growing plants, goodwill and kindness are born when our souls enter happiness. — Rumi
Listen to the sound of waves within you. — Rumi
What a piece of bread looks like depends on whether you are hungry or not. — Rumi
If you look too closely at the form, you miss the Essence. — Rumi
When setting out on a journey do not seek advice from someone who never left home.
The sky will bow down to your beauty, if you do. — Rumi
If reason dominates in man, he rises higher than angels. If lust overpowers man, he descends lower than the beast. — Rumi
When the light returns to its source, it takes nothing of what it has illuminated. — Rumi
With life as short as a half-taken breath, don’t plant anything but love. — Rumi
You are the soul of the soul of the universe, and your name is Love. — Rumi
Every moment, a voice, out of this world, calls on our soul, to wake up and rise. — Rumi
Rush out in the rain to be soaked with the sky. — Rumi
I can sense your presence in my Heart although you belong to all the world. — Rumi
I will be waiting here…. For your silence to break, For your soul to shake, For your love to wake! — Rumi
World power means nothing. Only the unsayable, jeweled inner life matters. — Rumi
In the middle of my heart, a star appeared, and the seven heavens were lost in its brilliance. — Rumi
Embark on the journey of LOVE. It takes you from yourself to yourself. — Rumi
I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways. — Rumi
The breath of the flute player: does it belong to the flute? — Rumi
Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. — Rumi
The universe and the light of the stars come through me. — Rumi
Peaceful is the one who is not concerned with having more or less. — Rumi
Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity. The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death. Tomorrow, when resurrection comes, The heart that is not in love will fail the test. — Rumi
As you live Deeper in the Heart, the Mirror gets clearer and cleaner. — Rumi
O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now, be all… — Rumi
Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. — Rumi
Snake’s poison is life to the snake; it is in relation to man that it means “death. — Rumi
Respond to every call that excites your spirit. — Rumi
A true Lover is proved such by his pain of Heart!
No sickness is there like sickness of Heart!!! — Rumi
Whoever is loved is beautiful, but the opposite is not true, that whoever is beautiful is loved. — 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. — Rumi
No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God. — Rumi
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being. — Rumi
The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself. — Rumi
What you have despised in yourself
as a thorn opens into a rose. — Rumi
The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you. — Rumi
The leaf of every tree brings a message from the unseen world. Look, every falling leaf is a blessing. — Rumi
To praise is to praise how one surrenders to the emptiness. — Rumi
A wealth you cannot imagine flows through you. — Rumi
Let your Teacher be Love itself. — Rumi
I wonder from these thousand of “me’s”, which one am I? Listen to my cry, do not drown my voice I am completely filled with the thought of you. Don’t lay broken glass on my path I will crush it into dust. I am nothing, just a mirror in the palm of your hand, reflecting your kindness, your sadness, your anger. If you were a blade of grass or a tiny flower I will pitch my tent in your shadow. Only your presence revives my withered heart. You are the candle that lights the whole world and I am an empty vessel for your light. — Rumi
When a man makes up a story for his child, he becomes a father and a child together, listening. — Rumi
What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs. — Rumi
On this path let the heart be your guide. — Rumi
Of all you see, only love is infinite. — Rumi
Beyond what we wish
and what we fear may happen
we have another life,
as clear and free as a mountain stream. — Rumi
Yesterday is gone and took away its tale.
Today we must live a fresh story again. — Rumi
Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself… — Rumi
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. — Rumi
And so it is, that both the Devil and the angelic Spirit present us with objects of desire to awaken our power of choice. — Rumi
It is as if a king had sent you to a country to carry out one special, specific task. You go to the country and you perform a hundred other tasks, but if you have not performed the task you were sent for, it is as if you have done nothing at all. So people have come into the world for particular tasks, and that is our purpose. If we don’t perform it, we will have done nothing. — Rumi
The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did. — Rumi
If your heart isn’t yet illumined
Be awake always, be a seeker of the heart,
Be at war continually with your carnal soul.
But if your heart is already awakened,
Sleep peacefully, sleep in the arms of Love. — Rumi
people want you to be happy, don’t keep serving them your pain. — Rumi
Everything that you want, you are already that. — Rumi
What a relief to be empty! Then God can live your life. — Rumi
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? — Rumi
To work with all the passion of your being to acquire an inner light. — Rumi
The time has come to turn your heart into a temple of fire. — Rumi
Remember God so much that you are forgotten. Let the caller and the called disappear; be lost in the Call. — Rumi
Poems are rough notations for the music we are. — Rumi
There’s no one with intelligence in this town except that man over there playing with the children, the one riding the stick horse. He has keen, fiery insight and vast dignity like the night sky, but he conceals it in the madness of child’s play. — Rumi
There is no room for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing when sweet water is everywhere? — Rumi
Enough of these phrases, conceit and metaphors,
I want burning, burning, burning. — Rumi
God (in His mercy) accepts false coin. — Rumi
I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple. — Rumi
Love risks everything and asks for nothing. — Rumi
Carry your baggage towards silence , when you seek the signs of the way. — Rumi
If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy. — Rumi
Love is language that cannot be said, or heard. — Rumi
A secret freedom opens through a crevice you can barely see. — Rumi
My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold. — Rumi
Knowest thou not the beauty of thine own face? Quit this temper that leads thee to war with thyself. — Rumi
Treasure is stored in the ruined places.
Do not break the hearts of the poor
and heartbroken people. — Rumi
Love is the house of God and you are living in that house. — Rumi
Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you are doing, and how they are doing, and keep your practices together. — Rumi
Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire. — Rumi
Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening. — Rumi
You already have the precious mixture that will make you well. Use it. — Rumi
Come sit with me! Let us drink the holy wine of happiness. — Rumi
Open your hands if you want to be held. — Rumi
When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music. — Rumi
There is a light seed grain inside. You fill it with yourself, or it dies. — Rumi
There is no salvation for the soul but to fall in Love. Only lovers can escape out of these two worlds. This was ordained in creation. Only from the heart can you reach the sky: The Rose of Glory can grow only from the heart. — Rumi
Submit to love without thinking. — Rumi
When love itself comes to kiss you, don’t hold back! — Rumi
Speak with the language of love. — Rumi
We often need to be refreshed. — Rumi
Smiles come best from those who weep. — Rumi
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. — Rumi
Lightning, your presence from ground to sky, no one knows what becomes of me, when you take me so quickly. — Rumi
Who gets up early to discover the moment light begins? — Rumi
Your legs will get heavy and tired. Then comes a moment of feeling the wings you’ve grown, lifting. — Rumi
And if you are a rose, I am rose-shadow. — Rumi
I turn all thorn then, but you come back again and make my thorniness fragrant and pink and petaled. — Rumi
Try another way of looking. Try you looking and the whole universe seeing. — Rumi
They try to say what you are, spiritual or sexual? They wonder about Solomon and all his wives. In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul and you are that. But we have ways within each other that will never be said by anyone. — Rumi
All my feelings have the color you desire to paint. — Rumi
Reason is like an officer when the king appears. The officer then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun. — Rumi
For sixty years I have been forgetful every minute, but not for a second has this flowing toward me stopped or slowed. — Rumi
I should be suspicious of what I want. — Rumi
Wherever water flows, life flourishes:
wherever tears fall, Divine mercy is shown. — Rumi
Don’t be fooled by my beauty –
the light of my face
comes from the candle of my spirit. — Rumi
The whole business of love is to drown in the sea. — Rumi
If you love someone, you are always joined with them–in joy, in absence, in solitude, in strife. — Rumi
I will find new meaning in every joy and sorrow. — Rumi
There is a window from one heart to another heart. — Rumi
It is Love that holds everything together, and it is the everything also. — Rumi
I want a trouble-maker for a lover, Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame, Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate, Who burns like fire on the rushing sea. — Rumi
Love is the water of life, jump into this water. — Rumi
Live in the opening where
there is no door to hide behind. — Rumi
Forget every touch or sound that did not teach you how to dance. — Rumi
Prayer clears the mist
and brings back peace to the Soul… — Rumi
Be with those who help your being. Don’t sit with indifferent people, whose breath comes cold out of their mouths. — Rumi