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

There is a force within that gives you life - seek that. In your body there lies a precious jewel - seek that. Oh, wandering Sufi, if you are in search of the greatest treasure, don’t look outside, look within, and seek that.

What is all beauty in the world? The image, like quivering boughs reflected in a stream, of that eternal Orchard which abides unwithered in the hearts of Perfect Men.

Flattery’s fire is hidden. Its sweet taste is apparent, but the smoke is bound to come out at last.

The testing of good and bad is in order that the gold may boil and bring the scum to the top.

For the water animals, the ocean is like a garden; for the land animals, it is death and pain.

The wars of mankind are like children’s fights - all meaningless, pitiless and contemptible.

Greed makes man blind and foolish, and makes him an easy prey for death.

The world is a playground, and death is the night.

Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through this migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.

I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as a plant and rose to animal, I died as an animal and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying? Yet once more I shall die as a man, to soar with angels blest; but even from angelhood I must pass on: all except God perish. When I have sacrificed my angel soul, I shall become what no mind e’er conceived. Oh, let me not exist! For Non-existence proclaims in organ tones, “To Him we shall return.”

I died as a mineral and became a plant. I died as a plant and rose as an animal. I died as an animal and I was a Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

If something makes you happy in this world, you should think of what will happen to you if that thing were taken away.

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

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

Life’s picture is constantly undergoing change. The spirit beholds a new world every moment.

No sickness worse than imagining thyself to be perfect can afflict thy soul.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in the grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn’t make sense.

Past and future are what veil God from our sight. Burn up both of them with fire! How long wilt thou be partitioned by these segments as a reed?

Prayer is the drowning and unconsciousness of the soul.

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.

The lamps are different, but the Light is the same: it comes from beyond. O thou who art the kernel of Existence, the disagreement between Moslem, Zoroastrian and Jew depends on the standpoint.

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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”