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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.

Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی) Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى)‎ (30 September 120717 December 1273) was a Persian, philosopher, theologian, poet, teacher, and founder of the Mevlevi (or Mawlawi) order of Sufism; also known as Mevlana (Our Guide), Jalaluddin Rumi, or simply Rumi.

Quotes[edit]

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
A leaf trembles. I tremble in the wind-beauty like silk from Turkestan.
Come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
and told the truth!

The ruby and the sunrise are one.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
I want a heart which is split, part by part, because of the pain of separation from God, so that I might explain my longing and complaint to it.
  • Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,
    Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.
    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
    Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.
    • The Masnavi, Book IV, Story II, as translated in Masnavi I Ma'navi : The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí (1898) by Edward Henry Whinfield
    • Variant: Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
      Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
  • پيل اندر خانه يي تاريک بود عرضه را آورده بودندش هنود
    از براي ديدنش مردم بسي اندر آن ظلمت همي شد هر کسي
    ديدنش با چشم چون ممکن نبود اندر آن تاريکي اش کف مي بسود
    آن يکي را کف به خرطوم اوفتاد گفت همچون ناودان است اين نهاد
    آن يکي را کف بر گوشش رسيد آن بر او چون بادبيزن شد پديد
    آن يکي را کف بر پايش بسود گفت شکل پيل ديدم چون عمود
    آن يکي بر پشت او بنهاد دست گفت خود اين پيل چون تختي بُدست
    هم چنين هر يک به جزوي که رسيد فهم آن مي کرد هر جا مي شنيد
    از نظرگه گفتشان شد مختلف آن يکي دالش لقب داد اين الف
    در کف هر کس اگر شمعي بدي اختلاف از گفتشان بيرون شدي
    چشم حس همچون کف دست است و بس نيست کف را بر همة او دسترس
    کف ديگر هست و دريا دگر کف رها کن از سر دريا نگر
    • Masnavi-I Ma'navi, Book III, verses 1259–1270
    • Some Hindoos were exhibiting an elephant in a dark room, and many people collected to see it. But as the place was too dark to permit them to see the elephant, they all felt it with their hands, to gain an idea of what it was like. One felt its trunk, and declared that the beast resembled a water-pipe; another felt its ear, and said it must be a large fan; another its leg, and thought it must be a pillar; another felt its back, and declared the beast must be like a great throne. According to the part which each felt, he gave a different description of the animal. One, as it were, called it "Dal" and another "Alif."
      If you give a candle to everyone, their differences will be gone,
      Compare the sensual eye to the
      hand of one that felt the elephant.
      The eye of outward sense is as the palm of a hand,
      The whole of the object is not grasped in the palm.
      The sea itself is one thing, the foam another;
      Neglect the foam, and regard the sea with your eyes.
      • The Masnavi, Book III, Story V, as translated in Masnavi I Ma'navi : The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí (1898) by Edward Henry Whinfield
  • Reason is like an officer when the King appears;
    The officer then loses his power and hides himself.
    Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.
    • As translated in Masnavi I Ma'navi : The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí (1898) edited by Edward Henry Whinfield Book IV, Story IV : "Bayazid and his impious sayings when beside himself"
  • This is what is signified by the words Anā l-Ḥaqq, "I am God." People imagine that it is a presumptuous claim, whereas it is really a presumptuous claim to say Ana 'l-'abd, "I am the slave of God"; and Anā l-Ḥaqq, "I am God" is an expression of great humility. The man who says Ana 'l-'abd, "I am the servant of God" affirms two existences, his own and God's, but he that says Anā l-Ḥaqq, "I am God" has made himself non-existent and has given himself up and says "I am God", that is, "I am naught, He is all; there is no being but God's." This is the extreme of humility and self-abasement.
    • Commenting on the famous expression of Mansur al-Hallaj, for which al-Hallaj was executed as a blasphemer, in The Mathnawí of Jalálu'ddín Rúmí, Vol. 4, part 7, edited by Reynold Alleyne Nicholson (1940) p. 248
    • Variant translation: People imagine that it is a presumptive claim, whereas it is really a presumtive claim to say "I am the slave of God"; and "I am God" is an expression of great humility. The man who says "I am the slave of God" affirms two existences, his own and God's, but he that says "I am God" has made himself non-existent and has given himself up and says "I am God", that is, "I am naught, He is all; there is no being but God's." This is the extreme of humility and self-abasement.
  • Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it.
    Whoever has polished it more sees more — more unseen forms become manifest to him.
    • As quoted in The Sufi Path of Love : The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (1983) by William C. Chittick, p. 162
  • I died as a mineral and became a plant,
    I died as plant and rose to animal,
    I died as animal and I was Man.
    Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

    Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
    With angels blest; but even from angelhood
    I must pass on: all except God doth 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", as translated in The Mystics of Islam (1914) edited by Reynold Alleyne Nicholson, p. 125
    • Variant translation: Originally, you were clay. From being mineral, you became vegetable. From vegetable, you became animal, and from animal, man. During these periods man did not know where he was going, but he was being taken on a long journey nonetheless. And you have to go through a hundred different worlds yet.
      • As quoted in Multimind (1986) by Robert Ornstein
  • Come, come, whoever you are.
    Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn't matter,
    Ours is not a caravan of despair.
    Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
    Come, come again, come.
    • As quoted in Sunbeams : A Book of Quotations (1990) by Sy Safransky, p. 67
    • Variant translations:
      Come, come, whoever you are.
      Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire, come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times,
      Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.
      • As quoted in Muslim Narratives and the Discourse of English (2004) by Amin Malak, p. 151
    • Come, come, whoever you are.
      Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn't matter
      Ours is not a caravan of despair.
      Come even if you have broken your vow a thousand times,
      Come, yet again, come, come.
      • As quoted in Rumi and His Sufi Path of Love (2007) by M Fatih Citlak and Huseyin Bingul, p. 81
    • Come, come again, whoever you are, come!
      Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come!
      Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times,
      Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.
      • As quoted in Turkey: A Primary Source Cultural Guide (2004) by Martha Kneib
  • Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of more invisible game.
    Think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo. You might say, "The world outside is vast and intricate. There are wheatfields and mountain passes, and orchards in bloom. At night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding."
    You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up in the dark with eyes closed. Listen to the answer.
    There is no "other world." I only know what I've experienced. You must be hallucinating.
    • As quoted in The Enlightened Mind (1991), edited by Stephen Mitchell
  • Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
    • As quoted in Marry Your Muse : Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity (1997) by Jan Phillips, p. 75
  • I am so happy, I cannot be contained in the world;
    But like a spirit, I am hidden from the eyes of the world.
    If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me;
    For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.
    • Divan 1740:1-3, as translated by Fatemeh Keshavarz in Reading Mystical Lyric : The Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi (1998)
  • He whose intellect overcomes his desire is higher than the angels; he whose desire overcomes his intellect is less than an animal.
    • As quoted in The Rumi Collection : An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (2000) by Kabir Helminski
  • The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize.
    • As quoted in Rumi Wisdom: Daily Teachings from the Great Sufi Master (2000) by Timothy Freke
    • Variant: The fault is in the blamer — Spirit sees nothing to criticize.
  • Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
    • As quoted in Path for Greatness : Spiritualty at Work (2000) by Linda J. Ferguson, p. 51
  • He says, "There’s nothing left of me.
    I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
    Is it still a stone, or a world
    made of redness? It has no resistance
    to sunlight."

    This is how Hallaj said, I am God,
    and told the truth!

    The ruby and the sunrise are one.

    Be courageous and discipline yourself.
    Completely become hearing and ear, and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.

    • As quoted in Head and Heart : A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred (2002) by Victor Mansfield
  • I want a heart which is split, part by part, because of the pain of separation from God, so that I might explain my longing and complaint to it.
    • As quoted in "Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi" by Fethullah Gülen in The Fountain #24 (July-September 2004)
    • Variant translation: I want a heart which is split, chamber by chamber, by the pain of separation from God, so that I might explain my longings and desires to it.
  • You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?
    • As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 26

Rumi Daylight (1990)[edit]

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.
The lion who breaks the enemy's ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself.
Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.
If you wish to shine like day, burn up the night of self-existence. Dissolve in the Being who is everything.
Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski
  • God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.
  • This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace
    to extract the silver from the dross.
    This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away.
  • Fortunate is he who does not carry envy as a companion.
  • The idol of your self is the mother of all idols.
    To regard the self as easy to subdue is a mistake.
  • If you wish mercy, show mercy to the weak.
  • If you dig a pit for others to fall into,
    you will fall into it yourself.
  • Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader,
    are your own nature reflected in them.
  • Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.
  • Were there no men of vision,
    all who are blind would be dead.
  • If you are wholly perplexed and in straits,
    have patience, for patience is the key to joy.
  • If you are irritated by every rub,
    how will your mirror be polished?
  • Anyone in whom the troublemaking self has died,
    sun and cloud obey.
    If you wish to shine like day,
    burn up the night of self-existence.
    Dissolve in the Being who is everything.
  • 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.
  • When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease, then leave him who will not be cured, and tell your story to someone who seeks the truth.

The Essential Rumi (1995)[edit]

The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson
What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe.
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 no reality but God, says the completely surrendered sheik, who is an ocean for all beings.
I can't stop pointing to the beauty. Every moment and place says, "Put this design in your carpet!"
Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being.
Every object and being in the universe is a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty, a drop of the Tigris that cannot be contained by any skin.
Christ is the population of the world, and every object as well.
The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did about the future.
Good and bad are mixed. If you don't have both,you don't belong with us.
Learn from Ali how to fight without your ego participating.
God's lion did nothing that didn't originate from his deep center.
This that we are now … The human body and the universe grew from this, not this from the universe and the human body.
Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
  • 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.
    • "Who says words with my mouth?" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2
  • Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
    I cannot stop asking.

    If I could taste one sip of an answer,
    I could break out of this prison for drunks.
    I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
    Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home.
    • "Who says words with my mouth?" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2
  • 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.
    • "Who says words with my mouth?" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2
  • There is a community of the spirit
    Join it, and feel the delight
    of walking in the noisy street,
    and being the noise.
    • "A Community of the Spirit" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2
  • Quit acting like a wolf, and feel
    the shepherd's love filling you.
    • "A Community of the Spirit" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2
  • Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
    Live in silence.

    Flow down and down in always
    widening rings of being.

    • "A Community of the Spirit" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2
  • What is the body? That shadow of a shadow
    of your love, that somehow contains
    the entire universe.
    • "Where are we?" in Ch. 2 : Bewilderment
  • Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
    there is a field. I will meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass,
    the world is too full to talk about
    language, ideas, even the phrase each other
    doesn't make any sense.
    • "The Great Wagon" Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 36
    • Variant translations:
      Between wrongness and rightness there is a field. I will meet you there.
      • As quoted in Counselling Psychology : Integration of Theory, Research and Supervised Practice (1998) by Petruska Clarkson
    • Out beyond the world of ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
      • As quoted in Lightning in a Bottle : Proven Lessons for Leading Change (2000) by David H. Baum
    • Out beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
      • As quoted in Architects of Peace : Visions of Hope in Words and Images (2002) by Michael Collopy, p. 109
    • Out beyond ideas of rightdoing
      and wrongdoing
      There is a field.
      I will meet you there.
      • Strategic Learning in a Knowledge Economy : Individual, Collective and Organizational Learning Processes (2000) by Robert L. Cross and Sam B. Israelit
  • Spring is Christ,
    Raising martyred plants from their shrouds.

    Their mouths open in gratitude, wanting to be kissed.
    The glow of the rose and the tulip means a lamp is inside.
    A leaf trembles. I tremble in the wind-beauty like silk from Turkestan.
    The censer fans into flame.

    This wind is the Holy Spirit.
    The trees are Mary.

    • "Spring is Christ" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 37
  • We talk about this and that. There’s no rest except on these branching moments.
    • "Spring is Christ" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 38
  • There is no reality but God,
    says the completely surrendered sheik, who is an ocean for all beings.
    • "The Grasses" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 44
  • Disputational knowing wants customers.
    It has no soul.
    • "The Sheikh who played with the Children" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 46
  • Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded.
    Someone sober will worry about events going badly.
    Let the lover be.
    • Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 46
  • I can't stop pointing
    to the beauty.

    Every moment and place says,
    "Put this design in your carpet!"

    • "Put This Design in Your Carpet" Ch. 11 : Union
  • From Hallaj, I learned to hunt lions, but I became something hungrier than a lion.
    • "Hallaj" Ch. 11 : Union
  • This dance is the joy of existence.

    I am filled with you.
    Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.
    There's no room for lack of trust, or trust.
    Nothing in this existence but that existence.

    • "We Three" Ch. 11 : Union
  • The place that Solomon made to worship in,
    called the Far Mosque, is not built of earth
    and water and stone, but of intention and wisdom
    and mystical conversation and compassionate action.
    • "The Far Mosque" in Ch. 17 : Solomon Poems, p. 191
  • This heart sanctuary does
    exist, but it can't be described. Why try!

    Solomon goes there every morning and gives guidance
    with words, with musical harmonies, and in actions,
    which are the deepest teaching. A prince is just
    a conceit until he does something with generosity.

    • "The Far Mosque" in Ch. 17 : Solomon Poems, p. 191
  • Gamble everything for love,
    if you are a true human being.
    • "On Gambling" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 193
  • Do not believe in an absurdity
    no matter who says it.
    • "The Three Fish" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 196
  • Silence
    is an ocean. Speech is a river.

    When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk
    into the language-river. Listen to the ocean,
    and bring your talky business to an end

    Traditional words are just babbling
    in that presence, and babbling is a substitute
    for sight.

    • "The Three Fish" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 196
  • Every object and being in the universe is
    a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty,
    a drop of the Tigris that cannot be contained
    by any skin.
    Every jarful spills and makes the earth
    more shining, as though covered in satin.
    • "The Gift of Water" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 200
  • You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open.
    • "The Gift of Water" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 200
  • Christ is the population of the world,
    and every object as well.
    There is no room
    for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing
    when sweet water is everywhere?
    • Ch. 19 : Jesus Poems, p. 204
  • Lovers think they are looking for each other,
    but there is only one search: wandering
    This world is wandering that, both inside one
    transparent sky. In here
    there is no dogma and no heresy.
    • Ch. 19 : Jesus Poems, p. 205
  • The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did
    about the future.
    Forget the future.
    I'd worship someone who could do that.
    • Ch. 19 : Jesus Poems, p. 205
  • The cure for pain is in the pain.
    Good and bad are mixed. If you don't have both,
    you don't belong with us.
    • Ch. 19 : Jesus Poems
  • Learn from Ali how to fight
    without your ego participating.
    God's lion did nothing
    that didn't originate
    from his deep center.
    • "Ali in Battle" an account of Ali ibn Abi Talib's explanation as to why he declined to kill someone who had spit in his face as Ali was defeating him in battle, in Ch. 20 : In Baghdad dreaming of Cairo
  • I am God's Lion, not the lion of passion....
    I have no longing
    except for the One.
    When a wind of personal reaction comes,
    I do not go along with it.

    There are many winds full of anger,
    and lust and greed. They move the rubbish around,
    but the solid mountain of our true nature stays where it's always been.
    • "Ali in Battle" in Ch. 20 : In Baghdad dreaming of Cairo
  • This
    that we are now
    created the body, cell by cell,
    like bees building a honeycomb.

    The human body and the universe
    grew from this, not this
    from the universe and the human body.

    • "This We Have Now" in Ch. 25 : Majesty. p. 262
  • Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
    • "Unmarked boxes" /Ode#1937

Not yet sourced by chapter:

  • Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.
  • God's joy moved from unmarked box to unmarked box,
    from cell to cell.
  • Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
    Don't claim them. Feel the artistry
    moving through, and be silent.

Jewels of Remembrance (1996)[edit]

Jewels of Remembrance : A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance : Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi (1996) Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski
Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation?
What do you know of Love except the name?
Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain,
and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.
Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.
That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
  • Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation?
    What do you know of Love except the name?
    Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain,
    and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion.
    Since Love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal:
    it has no interest in a disloyal companion.

    The human being resembles a tree; its root is a covenant with God:
    that root must be cherished with all one's might.
  • Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune:
    every success depends upon focusing the heart.
    • III, 2302-5
  • Even though you're not equipped,
    keep searching:
    equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Lord.
    • III, 1445-49
  • If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
    don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
    Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
    wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?
    • III, 1445-49
  • When you see anyone complaining
    of such and such a person's ill-nature and bad temper,
    know that the complainant is bad-tempered,
    forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person,
    because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing
    towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.
    • IV, 771-4
  • That which God said to the rose,
    and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
    He said to my heart,
    and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
    • III, 4129
  • Many have been led astray by the Qur'an:
    by clinging to that rope many have fallen into the well.
    There is no fault in the rope, O perverse man,
    for it was you who had no desire to reach the top.
    • III, 4210-11

Essential Sufism (1997)[edit]

If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.
Essential Sufism (1997) by James Fadiman and Robert Frager
  • If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it.
  • The lower self does not want anyone to receive anything from anybody else, and if it is aware of something receiving a special boon, it seeks to destroy it.
  • Whatever posessions and objects of its desires the lower self may obtain, it hangs on to them, refusing to let them go out of greed for more, or out of fear of poverty and need.

Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999)[edit]

Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva
To Love is to reach God.
Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.
My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown.
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...
Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.
Even if you lose yourself in wrath for a hundred thousand years, at the end you will discover, it is me, who is the culmination of your dreams.
Didn't I tell you?
They will accuse you of all the wrongdoings, they will call you ugly names, they will make you forget it is me, who is the source of your happiness.
  • To Love is to reach God.
    Never will a Lover's chest
    feel any sorrow.
    Never will a Lover's robe
    be touched by mortals.
    Never will a Lover's body
    be found buried in the earth.
    To Love is to reach God.
  • When in Love,
    body, mind, heart and soul don't even exist.
  • Love rests on no foundation.
    It is an endless ocean,
    with no beginning or end.
  • They will ask you
    what you have produced.
    Say to them,
    except for Love,
    what else can a Lover produce?
  • My head is bursting
    with the joy of the unknown.

    My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
    Every cell,
    taking wings,
    flies about the world.
    All seek separately
    the many faces of my Beloved.
  • There is a certain cloud,
    impregnated with a
    thousand lightnings.
    There is my body,
    in it an ocean formed of his glory,
    all the creation,
    all the universes,
    all the galaxies,
    are lost in it.
  • I always thought that
    I was me — but no,
    I was you
    and never knew it.
  • 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.
  • Love said to me,
    there is nothing that is not me.
    Be silent.
  • I don't know where I am.
    At times I plunge
    to the bottom of the sea,
    at times, rise up
    like the Sun.

    At times, the universe is pregnant by me,
    at times I give birth to it.

  • A hundred souls cried out, but
    we are yours, we are yours, we are yours.
    You are the light
    that spoke to Moses and said
    I am God, I am God, I am God.
    I said Shams-e Tabrizi, who are you?
    He said, I am you, I am you, I am you.
  • Even if you lose yourself in wrath
    for a hundred thousand years,
    at the end you will discover,
    it is me, who is the culmination of your dreams.
  • Didn't I tell you
    not to be satisfied with the veil of this world?

    I am the master illusionist,
    it is me, who is the welcoming banner at the gate of your contentment.
  • Didn't I tell you?
    I am an ocean, you are a fish;
    do not go to the dry land,
    it is me, who is your comforting body of water.
  • Didn't I tell you?
    They will accuse you of all the wrongdoings,
    they will call you ugly names,
    they will make you forget
    it is me, who is the source of your happiness.

Teachings of Rumi (1999)[edit]

The branch might seem like the fruit's origin: In fact, the branch exist because of the fruit.
Quotes from Teachings of Rumi (1999), as translated by Andrew Harvey
  • The branch might seem like the fruit's origin:
    In fact, the branch exist because of the fruit.
    • Mathnawi
  • "There's no courage", The Prophet said, "before the war has begun."
    Drunkards vaunt their bravery when you speak of war.
    But in the blaze of battle they scatter like mice.
    I'm astonished by the man who wants purity
    And yet trembles when the harshness of polishing begin...
    When a man beats a carpet again and again
    It's not the carpet he's attacking, but the dirt in it.
    • Mathnawi


Misattributed[edit]

  • Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
  • Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven.
    • "The Forty Rules of Love" (2010) by Elif Şafak (The book is about Rumi, but the quote is the author's own words)
  • Study me as much as you like, you will never know me, for I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes, and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.
    • Frequently quoted on social media, but was not written by Rumi in Persian.

Quotes about Rumi[edit]

  • Strange as it may seem to our Western egoism, the prospect of sharing in the general, impersonal immortality of the human soul kindles in the Sufi an enthusiasm as deep and triumphant as that of the most ardent believer in a personal life continuing beyond the grave. Jalaluddin, after describing the evolution of man in the material world and anticipating his further growth in the spiritual universe, utters a heartfelt prayer — for what? — for self-annihilation in the ocean of the Godhead.

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