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Teachings of Jalāl ud Dīn Rumi

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E veryone is overridden by thoughts;
that's why they have so much heartache and sorrow.
At times I give myself up to thought purposefully;
but when I choose,
I spring up from those under its sway.
I am like a high-flying bird,
and thought is a gnat:
how should a gnat overpower me?





Islam / Sufism 3142 | 
Mathnawi II, 3559-3561 - 'Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance' - Camille and Kabir Helminski 







I nside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an axe to the prison wall.
Escape.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You're covered with a thick cloud.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quiteness is the surest sign
that you've died.
Your old live was a frantic running
from silence.

The speechless full moon
comes out now.





Islam / Sufism 3141 | 
The Essential Rumi - Coleman Barks 







B y Allah!
I long to escape the prison of my ego
and lose myself
in the mountains and the desert.





Islam / Sufism 3140 | 
The Love Poems of Rumi' - Deepak Chopra & Fereydoun Kia 







O h! Supreme Lover!
Let me leave aside my worries.
The flowers are blooming
with the exultation of your Spirit.

By Allah!
I long to escape the prison of my ego
and lose myself
in the mountains and the desert.

These sad and lonely people tire me.
I long to revel in the drunken frenzy of your love
and feel the strength of Rustam in my hands.

I'm sick of mortal kings.
I long to see your light.
With lamps in hand
the sheikhs and mullahs roam
the dark alleys of these towns
not finding what they seek.

You are the Essence of the Essence,
The intoxication of Love.
I long to sing your praises
but stand mute
with the agony of wishing in my heart.





Islam / Sufism 3139 | 
The Love Poems of Rumi' - Deepak Chopra & Fereydoun Kia 







H appy is the moment, when we sit together,
With two forms, two faces, yet one soul, you and I.

The flowers will bloom forever,
The birds will sing their eternal song,
The moment we enter the garden, you and I.

The stars of heaven will come out to watch us,
And we will show them the light of a full moon, you and I.

No thoughts of "you," no thoughts of I,"
Just the bliss of union-
Joyous, alive, free of care, you and I.

All the bright-winged birds of heaven
Will swoop down to drink our sweet water-
The ocean of our laughter, you and I.

What a miracle of fate, us sitting here.
Even at the far ends of the earth
We would still be together, you and I.

We have one form in this world, another in the next.
To us belongs an eternal heaven, the endless delight, you and I.





Islam / Sufism 3057 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







M y, soul said:
They brought me to God's workshop,
Where all things take form, and I flew.
Before this form of mine
even took shape-I flew and I flew.
And when I could fly no longer
They dragged me into this form,
and locked me into this house,
of water and clay.





Islam / Sufism 3056 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







T his is love-to fly upward
toward the endless heavens.
To rend a hundred veils at every moment.
At the first breath, to give up life;
At the final step, to go without feet.
To see the world as a dream
and not as it appears.





Islam / Sufism 3055 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







L ast night I learned how to be a lover of God
To live in this world and call nothing my own.

I looked inward
And the beauty of my own emptiness
filled me till dawn.
It enveloped me like a mine of rubies.
Its hue clothed me in red silk.

Within the cavern of my soul
I heard the voices of lovers crying,
"Drink now! Drink now!"-

I took a sip and saw the vast ocean
Wave upon wave caressed my soul.
The lovers of God dance around
And the circle of their steps
becomes a ring of fire round my neck.

Heaven calls me with its rain and thunder
a hundred thousand cries
yet I cannot hear …

All I hear is the call of my Beloved.





Islam / Sufism 3054 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







I know nothing of two worlds,
all I know is the One.
I seek only One,
I know only One,
I find only One,
and I sing of only One.





Islam / Sufism 3053 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







D on't think.
Don't get lost in your thoughts.
Your thoughts are a veil on the face of the Moon.
That Moon is your heart,
and those thoughts cover your heart.
So let them go,
just let them fall into the water.





Islam / Sufism 3052 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







T here is a force within that gives you life-
Seek that.
In your body there lies a priceless jewel-
Seek that. Wandering Sufi,
If you are in search of the greatest treasure,
don't look outside,
look inside, and seek That.





Islam / Sufism 3051 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







T he Beloved is in the sight,
and the sight is in the Beloved.





Islam / Sufism 3050 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







T he Lover is ever drunk with love;
He is free,
He is mad,
He dances with ecstasy and delight.
Caught by our own thoughts, we worry about every little thing,
But once we get drunk on that love,
Whatever will be, will be.

When you dance, the whole universe dances.
What wonder!
I've looked, and now I cannot look away.
Take me, or do not take me, both are the same
As long as there is life in this body, I am your servant.

Love came and it made me empty.
Love came and it filled me with the Beloved. It became the blood in my body,
It became my arms and my legs. It became everything!
Now all I have is a name, the rest belongs to the Beloved.





Islam / Sufism 3049 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







C ome, come, whoever you are,
wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving, it doesn't matter
Ours is not a caravan of despair, but one of endless joy.
Even if you have broken your vows a hundred times-
Come, come, yet again, come!





Islam / Sufism 3048 | 
Star, Jonathan, and Shiva, Shahram, trans. A Garden Beyond Paradise. New York: Bantam Books, 1992 







F or my funeral: Call the drummers, timbal beaters, and tambourine players. March toward my grave dancing thus, Happy, gay, intoxicated; with hands clapping, So that people would know that the friends of God Go happy and smiling toward the place of meeting.




Islam / Sufism 2938 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.256 







W hen you see my funeral, don't say, "What a separation!" It is time for me to visit and meet the Beloved. Since you have seen my descent, then do see my rising. Why complain about the setting of the moon and the sun? Which seed that went under the earth failed to grow up again?




Islam / Sufism 2937 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.256 







F irst He pampered me with a hundred favors,
Then he melted me with the fires of sorrows.
After He sealed me with the seal of Love, I became Him.
Then, he threw my self out of me.





Islam / Sufism 2936 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.250 







S omeone asked what there was that was superior to prayer. One answer is that "the soul" of prayer is better than prayer. The second answer is that faith is better than prayer.
Prayer consists of five-times-a-day performance, whereas faith is continuous. Prayer can be dropped for a valid excuse and may be postponed by license; faith cannot be dropped for any excuse and may not be postponed by license. Again, faith without prayer is beneficial, whereas prayer without faith confers no benefit.





Islam / Sufism 2935 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.152 







W hoever travels without a guide needs two hundred years for a two-day journey.




Islam / Sufism 2934 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.144 







T he True teacher knocks down the idol that the student makes of him.




Islam / Sufism 2933 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.128 







B y love, bitter things are made sweet and copper turns to go .
By love, the sediment becomes clear and torment is removed.
By love, the dead are made to live.
By love, the sovereign is made a slave.
This love is the fruit of knowledge. When did folly sit on a throne like this?
The faith of love is separated from all religion. For lovers the faith and the religion is God. 0 spirit, in striving and seeking become like running water. 0 reason, at all times be ready to give up mortality for the sake of immortality.
Remember God always, that self may be forgotten, so that your self may be effaced in the One to Whom you pray, without care for who is praying, or the prayer.





Islam / Sufism 2932 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.117 







T here is no salvation for the soul
But to fall in Love.
It has to creep and crawl
Among the Lovers first.

Only Lovers can escape
From these two worlds.
This was written in creation.

Only from the Heart
Can you reach the sky. The rose of Glory
Can only be raised in the Heart.





Islam / Sufism 2931 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.115 







I 've given up on my brain.
I've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you're not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,

and sleep.





Islam / Sufism 2930 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.116 







T his Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,

sleep on.





Islam / Sufism 2929 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.116 







I died from minerality and became vegetable; And from vegetativeness I died and became animal. I died from animality and became human. Then why fear disappearance through death? Next time I shall die Bring forth wings and feathers like angels; After that, soaring higher than angels. What you cannot imagine I shall be that.




Islam / Sufism 2924 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.96 







W isdom is like the rain. Its source is unlimited, but it comes down according to the season. Grocers put sugar in a bag, but their supply of sugar is not the amount in the bag. When you come to a grocer, he has sugar in abundance. But he sees how much money you have brought and gives accordingly.
Your currency on this Path is resolution and faith, and you are taught according to your resolution and faith. When you come seeking sugar, they examine your bag to see what its capacity is; then they measure out accordingly.





Islam / Sufism 2908 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.85 







E very form that you see has its original in the divine world. If the form passes away, it is of no consequence, because its original was from eternity. Be not grieved that every form that you see, every mystical saying that you have heard will pass away. The fountainhead is always bringing forth water. Since neither ceases, why should you complain? Consider this spirit as a fountain; rivers flow from it. Put regret out of your thoughts, and keep on drinking from the rivulet. Do not be afraid. The water is limitless.
When you came into the world of created beings, a ladder was set before you, so that you might pass out of it. At first you were inanimate, then you became a plant; afterward you were changed into an animal. At last you became human, possessed of knowledge, intelligence, and faith. Next, you will become an angel. Then you will have finished with this world, and your place will be in the heavens. Be changed also from the station of an angel. Pass into that mighty deep, so that the one drop, which is yourself, may become a sea.





Islam / Sufism 2894 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.75 







I t is necessary to have a guide for the spiritual journey. Choose a master, for without one this journey is full of trials, fears, and dangers. With no escort, you would be lost on a road you have already taken. Do not travel alone on the Path.




Islam / Sufism 2870 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.41 







I f you could get rid
Of yourself just once,
The secret of secrets
Would open to you.
The face of the unknown,
Hidden beyond the universe
Would appear on the
Mirror of your perception.





Islam / Sufism 2860 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.23 







I 've spent my life, my heart
And my eyes this way.
I used to think that love
And beloved are different.
I know now they are the same.
I was seeing two in one.





Islam / Sufism 2856 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.15 







T hou didst contrive this "I", and "we" in order that Thou mightest play the game of worship with Thyself, That all "I's" and "thou's" should become one soul and at last should be submerged in the Beloved.




Islam / Sufism 2854 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.14 





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