Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi

Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi

Persian Poet, Jurist, Theologian and Sufi Mystic, Known as “Rumi” meaning “the Roman”

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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 satiated man and the hungry one do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread.

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.

There is a field beyond all notions of right and wrong. Come, meet me there.

There's a field somewhere beyond all doubt and wrong doing.

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

Thou art not that body: thou art this spiritual Eye.

Trust means you're ready to risk what you currently have.

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

What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.

When you are with everyone but me, you're with no one. When you are with no one but me, you're with everyone. Instead of being so bound up with everyone, be everyone. When you become that many, you're nothing. Empty.

Wherever you stand be the soul of that place.

Wisdom is like the rain. Its source is limitless, but it comes down according to the season.

The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition; without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.

The message behind the words is the voice of the heart.

The Silk Worm - I stood before a silk worm one day. And that night my heart said to me, I can do things like that, I can spin skies, I can be woven into love that can bring warmth to people; I can be soft against a crying face, I can be wings that lift, and I can travel on my thousand feet throughout the earth, my sacs filled with the sacred. And I replied to my heart, dear, can you really do all those things? And it just nodded yes in silence. So we began and will never cease.

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

There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. O traveler, if you are in search of that don't look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.

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....

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.

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.

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

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

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.

When you come looking for sugar, your bag will be examined to see how much it can hold; it will be filled accordingly.

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Persian Poet, Jurist, Theologian and Sufi Mystic, Known as “Rumi” meaning “the Roman”