Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī (Persian: جلالالدین محمد رومی), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Balkhī (جلالالدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ/Mowlānā (مولانا, "our master"), Mevlevî/Mawlawī (مولوی, "my master"), and more popularly simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, Hanafi faqih, Islamic scholar, Maturidi theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran.
Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats.
Rumi has been described as the "most popular poet" and the "best selling poet" in the United States.
Rumi's works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Turkish, Arabic, and Greek in his verse. His Masnavi (Mathnawi), composed in Konya, is considered one of the greatest poems of the Persian language. His works are widely read today in their original language across Greater Iran and the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular, most notably in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the United States, and South Asia. His poetry has influenced not only Persian literature, but also the literary traditions of the Ottoman Turkish, Chagatai, Urdu, Bengali and Pashto languages.
The way of love is not
a subtle argument.
The door there
Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall, and falling,
they're given wings.
You are so weak. Give up to grace.
The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.
You need more help than you know.
There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope.
The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.
I am another you, you are another me.
Shams, my body is a candle touched with fire.
For the thirst to possess your love,
Is worth my blood a hundred times.
Oh sky, without me, do not change,
Oh moon, without me, do not shine;
Oh earth, without me, do not grow,
Oh time, without me, do not go.
...Oh, you cannot go, without me.
For without you, I swear, the town
Has become like a prison to me.
Distraction and the mountain
And the desert, all I desire.
Love calls -- everywhere and always.
We're sky bound.
Are you coming?
The rose's rarest essence lives in the thorns.
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.
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.
Take someone who doesn't keep score,
who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,
who has not the slightest interest even
in his own personality: he's free.
Love isn't the work of the tender and the gentle;
Love is the work of wrestlers.
The one who becomes a servant of lovers
is really a fortunate sovereign.
Don't ask anyone about Love; ask Love about Love.
Love is a cloud that scatters pearls.
The world's flattery and hypocrisy is a sweet morsel:
eat less of it, for it is full of fire.
Its fire is hidden while its taste is manifest,
but its smoke becomes visible in the end.
Like a sculptor, if necessary,
carve a friend out of stone.
Realize that your inner sight is blind
and try to see a treasure in everyone.
Let's get away from all the clever humans who put words in our mouth let's only say what our hearts desire.
The prophets accept all agony and trust it. For the water has never feared the fire.
Open your arms if you want the Beloved's embrace.
There is a community of the spirit
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street,
and being the noise.
There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise. Drink all your passion, and be a disgrace. Close both eyes to see with the other eye.
Go find yourself first
So you can also find me.
Be relentless in your looking, because you are the one you seek.
Set your sights on a place higher than your eyes can see.
Purify yourself from the attributes of self, so that you may see your own pure, untarnished essence.
Purify your eyes, and see the pure world. Your life will fill with radiant forms.
No more words. In the name of this place we drink with our breathing, stay quiet like a flower. So the nightbirds will start singing.
If you want the moon, do not hide at night. If you want a rose, do not run from the thorns. If you want love, do not hide from yourself.
Now i am sober and there's only the hangover and the memory of love.
Submit to love without thinking, as the sun rose this morning recklessly extinguishing our star-candle minds.
A servant wants to be rewarded for what he does. A lover wants only to be in love's presence, that ocean whose depth will never be known.
Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.
Come inside the heart's house. There is peace and solace there.
Why are you knocking at every other door? Go, knock at the door of your own heart.
The only real rest comes when you're alone with God.
Be silent, only the hand of God can remove the burdens of your heart.
There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that.
If you want something, release the wish, and let it light on its desire, completely free of the personal.
The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand.
The hurt you embrace becomes joy.
If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves.
You suppose that you are the lock on the door. But you are the key that opens it.
Judge the moth by the beauty of the candle.
Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey!
You show your worth by what you seek.
The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.
Longing is the core of mystery. Longing itself brings the cure. The only rule is, suffer the pain. Your desires must be disciplined And what you want to happen in time, sacrificed.
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.
Don't seek the water; get thirst.
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. Welcome and entertain them all! .
The interpretation that makes you ardent and hopeful and active and reverent is the true one.
A craftsman pulled a reed from the reedbed, cut holes in it, and called it a human being. Since then, it's been wailing a tender agony of parting, never mentioning the skill that gave it life as a flute.
Trade your cleverness for bewilderment.
Believe in love's infinite journey, for it is your own, for you are love. Love is life.
Reason is powerless in the expression of love.
Reason is powerless in the expression of Love. Love alone is capable of revealing the truth of Love and being a Lover. The way of our prophets is the way of Truth. If you want to live, die in Love; die in Love if you want to remain alive.
Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you've been given the door with open.
My religion is to be alive from LOVE.
Your body is away from me,
but there is a window open
from my heart to yours.
Open to me, so that I may open.
Provide me your inspiration
So that I might see mine.
There is none dwelling in the house but God. When a man is awakened he melts and perishes.
Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey!
I am an ark in the swift flood of time, and my companions, a fellowship. Who throws in with us sails into light.
Let soul speak with the silent articulation of a face.
Inside you there's an artist you don't know about… say yes quickly, if you know, if you've known it from before the beginning of the universe.
The heart is cooking a pot of food for you. Be patient until it is cooked.
Reality is blocked by form and image.
I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty; and wish to see you with a hundred eyes ... I am in the house of mercy, and my heart is a place of prayer.
The satiated person and the hungry one do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread.
How far is the light of the moon from the moon? How far is the taste of candy from the lip?
The illuminated life can happen now, in the moments left. Die to your ego, and become a True Human Being.
In the middle of my heart, a star appeared, and the seven heavens were lost in its brilliance.
LOVE will lay a carpet of treasures under your feet.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into colour. Do it now.
I saw many humans on whom there were no clothes. I saw many clothes in which there were no humans.
Bring the sky beneath your feet and listen to celestial music everywhere.
There is someone who looks after us
from behind the curtain.
In truth we are not here, this is our shadow.
A seeker of Truth looks beyond the apparent and contemplates the hidden.
Come with me while the wine shop is still open.
We are dizzy with meeting each other.
Let people catch something from your heart that will cause no discomfort, but help them to sing.
Let lovers be crazy, disgraceful and wild Those who fret about such things Aren't in love.
Wash the dust from your SOUl and HEART with wisdom's WATER.
We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust..
The stars made a circle, and in the middle, we dance.
People want you to be happy. Don't keep serving them your pain! If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves.
In Silence there is eloquence.
In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.
How often are treasures unearthed beneath the comfort of your house? Treasures are rather always found lying among old ruins.
I've said before that every craftsman searches for what's not there to practice his craft.
Fasting is an amazing thing. It gives people heart and soul.
Fasting blinds the body in order to open the eyes of your soul.
Fasting is the first principle of medicine.
Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself.
The world's flattery and hypocrisy is a sweet morsel: eat less of it, for it is full of fire. Its fire is hidden while its taste is manifest, but its smoke becomes visible in the end.
All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.
Just as the heart becomes carefree in a place of green, growing plants, goodwill and kindness are born when our souls enter happiness.
If you follow the ways in which you were trained, which you may have inherited, for no other reason than this, you are illogical.
God made the Illusion look Real and the Real an Illusion !
Infinite mercy flows continually
But you're asleep and can't see it.
A Breath of love can take you all the way to infinity.
Poverty is not for the sake of hardship. No, it is there because nothing exists but Allah. Poverty unlocks the door -- what a blessed key!
Even when tied in a thousand knots, the string is still but one.
The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.
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