Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi

Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi
1207
1273

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

Author Quotes

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

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

The intelligent want self-control; children want candy.

The paths are many, but the goal is one. Don't you see how many roads there are to the Kaaba? For some the road starts from Rome, for others from Syria, from Persia, or China; some come by the sea from India and Yemen. If you are considering different roads, the variety is immense and the difference infinite; if you consider the goal, however, they are all harmony and are one. The hearts of each and every one are fixed on the Kaaba… Each heart has an overriding attachment-a passionate love for the Kaaba-and in that there is no room for contradiction. That attachment to the Kaaba cannot be called 'impiety' or 'faith': it is not mingled with the various paths we have mentioned. Once the travelers arrive at the Kaaba, all quarreling and vicious squabbling about the different paths-this person saying to that You're wrong! You're a blasphemer! and the other shouting back in kind-simply vanish; they realize that what they were all fighting about was the roads only, and that there goal was one.

The ultimate powerlessness of love is just like death - out of control, agony of birth.

There are no words between us now. Although it seems that talk, it is only Thy love overflowing from my cup.

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.

Thinking gives off smoke to prove the existence of fire. A mystic sits inside the burning. There are wonderful shapes in rising smoke that imagination loves to watch. But it's a mistake to leave the fire for that filmy sight. Stay here at the flame's core.

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.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

We are pain and what cures pain, both. We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours. I want to hold you close like a lute, so that we can cry out with loving. Would you rather throw stones at a mirror? I am your mirror and here are the stones.

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.

When someone is counting out gold for you, don’t look at your hands, or the gold. Look at the giver.

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.

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

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

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.

The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart.

The Prophet said: 'Women and the wise win hearts full income to their owners. Cahillerse woman is superior, because they act tough and rebellious. ' Subtlety, grace and mercy they are rare, because the natures of the animals' Almighty. Love and kindness characteristic of humanity. Anger and lust, characteristic of animality. He is the light of the grace of Allah, is not dear. O, it is creative, not created.

The undisciplined man doesn't wrong himself alone he sets fire to the whole world.

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

There is none dwelling in the house but God. When a man is awakened he melts and perishes.

Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon's reflection.

This silence, this moment, every moment, if it's genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There's nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, 'Be more silent.' Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you've died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.

Tonight we go to that place of eternity. Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.

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First Name
Rumi, fully Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rumi
Birth Date
1207
Death Date
1273
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Persian Poet, Jurist, Theologian and Sufi Mystic, Known as “Rumi” meaning “the Roman”