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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We gather at night to celebrate being human. Sometimes we call out low to the tambourine. Fish drink the sea, but the sea does not get smaller! We eat the clouds and evening light. We are slaves tasting the royal wine.

What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe.

When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit.

Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.

Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?

The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize.

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....

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