Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, also known as Mevlânâ – Mawlānā (مولانا, “our master”),  and more popularly simply as Rumi was a 13th-century poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi‘s influenceRumi Quotes transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia 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.

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Rumi Quotes

What was said to the rose to make it open, was said to me… Here, in my chest. Full of gratitude, In Love with Whom all belongs. – Rumi

For whom God opens the eyes of the inner self, things hidden and things future are plain to them. – Rumi

The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand. – Rumi

That which is false, troubles the heart, but Truth brings joyous tranquillity. – Rumi

People want to see you happy. Don’t keep serving them your pain. – Rumi

Now be silent. Let the One who creates words speak. He made the door, He made the lock, and He also made the key. – Rumi

I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life. – Rumi

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. – Rumi

When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it. – Rumi

Whenever you are alone, remind yourself that God has sent everyone else away so that there is only you and Him. – Rumi

Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love. – Rumi

If words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart. – Rumi

Do you pay regular visits to yourself? Start now. – Rumi

Rumi Quotes

My heart is so small
it’s almost invisible.
How can You place 
such big sorrows in it?
“Look,” He answered,
your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world. – Rumi

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? – Rumi

Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment. – Rumi

A rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorn. – Rumi

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder. – Rumi

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.

People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.

The night breeze has something to tell you. Do not go back to sleep! – Rumi

A pure heart, open to the Light, will be filled with the elixir of Truth. – Rumi

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown! – Rumi

Pull the thorn of existence out of the heart! Fast! For when you do, you will see thousands of rose gardens in yourself. – Rumi

Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths. – Rumi

Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel. I am a carpenter of my own soul. – Rumi

Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore. – Rumi

If you could leave your selfishness, you would see how you’ve been torturing your soul. – Rumi

How could we know what an open field of sunlight is? Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go. – Rumi

Don’t let others lead you. They may be blind or, worse, vultures. – Rumi

We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless. – Rumi

Why use bitter soup for healing when sweet water is everywhere. – Rumi

There is no worse sickness for the soul, O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection. – Rumi

Only from the heart Can you touch the sky. – Rumi

The closer I get, the more I see how far I am! – Rumi

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. – Rumi

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere..they are in each other all along! – Rumi

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? – Rumi

If you enter paradise looking for thorns, you will find none there but yourself. – Rumi

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi

Bring anger and pride under your feet, turn them into a ladder and climb higher. – Rumi

Rumi Quotes

“I LOVE my friends neither with my heart nor with my mind. 
Just in case… 

HEART might stop. MIND can forget. 
I Love them with my Soul. 
SOUL never stops or forgets.” – Rumi

Don’t look for Love, look for the one looking for Love. – Rumi

Do not look back, 
No one knows how the world ever began. 
Do not fear the future, Nothing lasts forever. 
If you dwell on the past or future, 
You will miss the moment. – Rumi

A Candle never Loses any of its Light while Lighting up another candle. – Rumi

Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure. – Rumi

The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore. – Rumi

Life is balance of holding on and letting go. – Rumi

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. – Rumi

God looks not at your form, nor at your deeds, but at your Heart. – Rumi

We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us. – Rumi

Don’t be sad! Because God sends hope in the most desperate moments. Don’t forget, the heaviest rain comes out of the darkest clouds. – Rumi

Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever. – Rumi

Last night
I begged the Wise One to tell me
the secret of the world.
Gently, gently, he whispered,
“Be quiet,
the secret cannot be spoken,
It is wrapped in silence.” – Rumi

The quieter we become, the more we can hear. – Rumi

You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.– Rumi

Rumi Quotes

Ignore those that make you fearful and sad. – Rumi

Knock. And he’ll open the door. – Rumi

The very center of your heart is where life begins – the most beautiful place on earth. – Rumi

When you let go of who you are, you become who you might be. – Rumi

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. – Rumi

I found myself. – Rumi

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you. – Rumi

You’ve seen my descent. Now watch my rising. – Rumi

The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself, everything that you want you already are.– Rumi

Your heart knows the way, run in that direction. – Rumi

Be patient where you sit in the dark, the dawn is coming. – Rumi

The wound is the place where the light enters you. – Rumi

The quieter you become the more you are able to hear. – Rumi

Everyone has been made for some particular work and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. – Rumi

Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you? – Rumi

If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? – Rumi

Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about. – Rumi

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. – Rumi

The lamps are different, but the light is the same. – Rumi

When you do things from the soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi

There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen. – Rumi

You have within you more love than you could ever understand. – Rumi

The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore. – Rumi

Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open. – Rumi

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. – Rumi

My soul is my guide. – Rumi

Close your eyes. Fall in love. Stay there. – Rumi

As you start to walk on the way, the way appears. – Rumi

Life is a balance between holding on and letting go. – Rumi

Raise your words not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers not thunder. – Rumi

When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray. – Rumi

Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees. – Rumi

We are one. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. – Rumi

Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom. – Rumi

My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. – Rumi

Actually, your soul and mine are the same, we appear and disappear in each other. – Rumi

Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being. – Rumi

Know that one day, your pain will become your cure. – Rumi

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames. – Rumi

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. – Rumi

It’s your road and yours alone others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. – Rumi

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart. – Rumi

Reason is powerless in the expression of love. – Rumi

This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love you are. – Rumi

If you find me not within you, you will never find me. For I have been with you, from the beginning of me. – Rumi

You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens. – Rumi

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere, they are in each other all along. – Rumi

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be. – Rumi

There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that. – Rumi

Shine like the universe is yours. – Rumi

Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation. – Rumi

Love is the religion, and the universe is the book. – Rumi

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? – Rumi

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure. – Rumi

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love. – Rumi

Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. – Rumi

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. – Rumi

Why do you stay in prison. When the door is so wide open? – Rumi

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. – Rumi

Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear. – Rumi

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. – Rumi

Rumi Quotes

I know you’re tired but come, this is the way. – Rumi

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy. – Rumi

A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home. – Rumi

We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. – Rumi

Two there are who are never satisfied — the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge. – Rumi

And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? – Rumi

Either give me more wine or leave me alone. – Rumi

The cure for pain is in the pain. – Rumi

I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways. – Rumi

A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That’s how I hold your voice. – Rumi

Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in 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. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon. – Rumi

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. – Rumi

In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves. – Rumi

Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. – Rumi

You think because you understand ‘one’ you must also understand ‘two’, because one and one make two. But you must also understand ‘and’. – Rumi

The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night. – Rumi

Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad. – Rumi

Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you. – Rumi

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. – Rumi

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not on. – Rumi

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. – Rumi

When you feel a peaceful joy, that’s when you are near the truth. – Rumi

Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; How much it can fill your room depends on its windows. – Rumi

They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls? – Rumi

Within tears, find hidden laughter. – Rumi

Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one. Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire. – Rumi

When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it. – Rumi

Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere? – Rumi

There are lovers content with longing. I’m not one of them. – Rumi

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. – Rumi

The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns. – Rumi

I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you all else melted away. – Rumi

The lion is most handsome when looking for food. – Rumi

Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty. – Rumi

Love comes with a knife, not some shy question, and not with fears for its reputation! – Rumi

Shine like the whole universe is yours. – Rumi

The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth. – Rumi

Gamble everything for love, if you’re a true human being. – Rumi

Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots. – Rumi

Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies. – Rumi

This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief. – Rumi

I am yours. Don’t give myself back to me. – Rumi

Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there. – Rumi

Give your weakness to one who helps. – Rumi

Let silence take you to the core of life. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

She loved him so much she concealed his name in many phrases, the inner meanings known only to her. – Rumi

Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane! – Rumi

You are a lover of your own experience … not of me … you turn to me to feel your own emotion. – Rumi

Try something different. Surrender. – Rumi

In the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances. – Rumi

The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground. – Rumi

The universe and the light of the stars come through me. – Rumi

Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given the door with open. – Rumi

If in the darkness of ignorance, you don’t recognize a person’s true nature, look to see whom he has chosen for his leader. – Rumi

I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God. – Rumi

Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love. – Rumi

I don’t want learning, or dignity, or respectability. I want this music, and this dawn, and the warmth of your cheek against mine. – Rumi

Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? – Rumi

I want to be where your bare foot walks, because maybe before you step, you’ll look at the ground. I want that blessing. – Rumi

The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it’s gone. – Rumi

You and I have spoken all these words, but for the way we have to go, words are no preparation. I have one small drop of knowing in my soul. Let it dissolve in your ocean. – Rumi

This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say. – Rumi

The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind. – Rumi

I am weary of personal worrying, in love with the art of madness. – Rumi

In the slaughterhouse of love, they kill only the best, none of the weak or deformed. Don’t run away from this dying. Whoever’s not killed for love is dead meat. – Rumi

People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another. – Rumi

You had better run from me. My words are fire. – Rumi

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are. – Rumi

Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. – Rumi

Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full. – Rumi

Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. – Rumi

Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it. – Rumi

Poems are rough notations for the music we are. – Rumi

Have you ever gotten breathless before from a beautiful face, for I see you there, my dear. – Rumi

Don’t wait any longer. Dive in the ocean, Leave and let the sea be you. – Rumi

Pull the thorn of existence out of the heart! Fast! For when you do, you will see thousands of rose gardens in yourself. – Rumi

Where the lips are silent the heart has a thousand tongues. – Rumi

Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest? – Rumi

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

You are the Truth from foot to brow. Now, what else would you like to know? – Rumi

Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion? – Rumi

Your body is away from me, but there is a window open from my heart to yours. – Rumi

When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside. – Rumi

Dance until you shatter yourself. – Rumi

There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts. – Rumi

Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world. – Rumi

When the light returns to its source, it takes nothing of what it has illuminated. – Rumi

I want your sun to reach my raindrops, so your heat can raise my soul upward like a cloud. – Rumi

Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope; all darkness is followed by sunshine. – Rumi

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. – Rumi

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

Darkness may hide the trees and the flowers from the eyes but it cannot hide love from the soul. – Rumi

Thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives. – Rumi

The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak. – Rumi

It’s your road and yours alone. others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. – Rumi

For the thirst to possess your love, Is worth my blood a hundred times. – Rumi

Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises. – Rumi

If you want to be more alive, love is the truest health. – Rumi

The angel is free because of his knowledge, the beast because of his ignorance. Between the two remains the son of man to struggle. – Rumi

I want a trouble-maker for a lover, blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame, who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate, who burns like fire on the rushing sea. – Rumi

There is a loneliness more precious than life. There is freedom more precious than the world. Infinitely more precious than life and the world is that moment when one is alone with God. – Rumi

Why am I seeking? I am the same as him. His essence speaks through me. I have been looking for myself. – Rumi

Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love? The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes. – Rumi

Keep your intelligence white hot and your grief glistening so your life will stay fresh. – Rumi

Because I cannot sleep I make music in the night. – Rumi

Let go of your mind and then be mindful. Close your ears and listen! – Rumi

Your magnificence has made me a wonder. Your charm has taught me the way of love. – Rumi

Although you see the pit, you cannot avoid it. – Rumi

You soak up my soul and mingle me. Each drop of my blood cries out to the earth. We are partners, blended as one. – Rumi

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. – Rumi

Dancing is not just getting up painlessly, like a leaf blown on the wind; dancing is when you tear your heart out and rise out of your body to hang suspended between the worlds. – Rumi

The Prophets accept all agony and trust it For the water has never feared the fire. – Rumi

We love that s why life is full of so many wonderful gifts. – Rumi

Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent. – Rumi

That moon which the sky never saw even in dreams has risen again. – Rumi

Love is an open secret, the most obvious thing in the world and the most hidden, with no why to how it keeps its mystery. – Rumi

Stars burn clear all night till dawn. Do that yourself, and a spring will rise in the dark with water your deepest thirst is for. – Rumi

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. – Rumi

Every story is us. – Rumi

There are thousands of wines that can take over our minds. Don’t think all ecstasies are the same! – Rumi

Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being. – Rumi

The soul is here for its own joy. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

Your breath touched my soul and I saw beyond all limits. – Rumi

Look carefully around you and recognize the luminosity of souls. Sit beside those who draw you to that. – Rumi

As you live Deeper in the Heart, the Mirror gets clearer and cleaner. – Rumi

On the path of Love we are neither masters nor the owners of our lives. We are only a brush in the hand of the Master Painter. – Rumi

I cannot sleep in your presence In your absence, tears prevent me you watch me my beloved on each sleepiness night and Only you see the difference. – Rumi

Be certain that in the religion of Love there are no believers and unbelievers. LOVE embraces all. – Rumi

You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising. – Rumi

I would love to kiss you. The price of kissing is your life. – Rumi

How will you know the difficulties of being human, if you are always flying off to blue perfection? – Rumi

Where will you plant your grief seeds? Workers need the ground to scrape and hoe, not the sky of unspecified desire. – Rumi

There’s a field somewhere beyond all doubt and wrongdoing. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi

Like a shadow, I am and I am not. – Rumi

There is little one can say about love. It has to be lived, and it’s always in motion. – Rumi

The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy. – Rumi

Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. – Rumi

Peaceful is the one who’s not concerned with having more or less. Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself. – Rumi

Shams, my body is a candle touched with fire. – Rumi

I went inside my heart to see how it was. Something there makes me hear the whole world weeping. – Rumi

Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, Be more silent. – Rumi As that happens, your soul starts to revive. – Rumi

The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand. – Rumi

Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. – Rumi

Hall of Love has ten thousand swords. Don’t be afraid to use one. – Rumi

Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real Sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl. – Rumi

Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls. – Rumi

Flow down and down in always widening rings of being. – Rumi

We can’t help being thirsty, moving toward the voice of water. – Rumi

If it is the bread that you seek, you will have bread. If it is the soul you seek, you will find the soul. If you understand this secret, you know you are that which you seek. – Rumi

Soul receives from soul that knowledge, therefore not by book nor from the tongue. If knowledge of mysteries come after emptiness of mind, that is the illumination of heart. – Rumi

A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke. – Rumi

This is what love does and continues to do. It tastes like honey to adults and milk to children. – Rumi

The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear. – Rumi

This that is tormented and very tired, tortured with restraints like a madman, this heart. – Rumi

Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you… This turning toward what you deeply love saves you. – Rumi

Be a helpful friend, and you will become a green tree with always new fruit, always deeper journeys into love. – Rumi

The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you. – Rumi

Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you. – Rumi

Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it. – Rumi

Look for the answer inside your question. – Rumi

I said, I just want to know you and then disappear. – Rumi She said, Knowing me does not mean dying. – Rumi

The result of my life is no more than three words: I was raw, I became cooked, I was burnt. – Rumi

Love is a river. Drink from it. – Rumi

Where lowland is, that’s where water goes. All medicine wants is pain to cure. – Rumi

Wherever you stand, be the Soul of that place. – Rumi

Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end. – Rumi

Judge the moth by the beauty of the candle. – Rumi

Body is not veiled from soul, neither soul from body, Yet no man hath ever seen a soul. – Rumi

In his mind she lay at his lap with his fingers gliding thru her straight beautiful hair. He smiles and says- Rumi your beauty lights up everything around you. – Rumi

When someone is counting out gold for you, don’t look at your hands, or the gold. Look at the giver. – Rumi

In the silence of love you will find the spark of life. – Rumi

Each has to enter the nest made by the other imperfect bird.b

Without the frown of clouds and lightning, the vines would be burned by the smiling sun. b

Oh my friend, all that you see of me is a shell, the rest belongs to love. – Rumi

It is certain that an atom of goodness on the path of faith is never lost. – Rumi

Look at the moon in the sky, not the one in the lake. – Rumi

Love is not an emotion, it’s your very existence. – Rumi

The middle path is the way to wisdom. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

There is a way between voice and presence, where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens; with wandering talk it closes. – Rumi

I wait with silent passion for one gesture one glance from you. – Rumi

Your soul is so close to mine That what you dream, I know. … I know everything you think of: your heart is so close to mine!- Rumi

Your eyelashes will write on my heart the poem that could never come from the pen of a poet. – Rumi

Don’t make the body do what the spirit does best, and don’t put a big load on the spirit that the body could easily carry. – Rumi

When I am with you, everything is prayer. – Rumi

There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it. – Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. – Rumi

Stop the words now. Open the window in the center of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out. – Rumi

There are no edges to my loving now. – Rumi

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will never lead you astray. – Rumi

If you look too closely at the form, you’ll miss the essence. – Rumi

Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty. – Rumi

People want you to be happy, don’t keep serving them your pain. – Rumi

The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are. b

I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple. – Rumi

What you seek is seeking you. – Rumi

Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words. b

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place. – Rumi

I know you’re tired but come, this is the way. – Rumi

Rumi Quotes

You try to be faithful
And sometimes you’re cruel.
You are mine. Then, you leave.
Without you, I can’t cope.
 
And when you take the lead,
I become your footstep.
Your absence leaves a void.
Without you, I can’t cope.

You have disturbed my sleep,
You have wrecked my image.
You have set me apart.
Without you, I can’t cope. – RumiLove:

Oh soul,
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. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

 
Do you know what you are?
You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. 
This universe is not outside of you. 
Look inside yourself;
everything that you want, 
you are already that. – RumiHush, Don’t Say Anything to God

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window. – RumiA Year with Rumi
 
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. – Rumi
 
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows. – Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
Lovers find secret places
inside this violent world
where they make transactions 
with beauty. – Rumi
 
When someone beats a rug,
the blows are not against the rug, 
but against the dust in it. – Rumi
 
I will soothe you and heal you,
I will bring you roses.
I too have been covered with thorns. – Rumi
 
The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns. – Rumi

You think of yourself
as a citizen of the universe.
You think you belong 
to this world of dust and matter.
Out of this dust
you have created a personal image,
and have forgotten
about the essence of your true origin. – RumiHush, Don’t Say Anything to God
 
This is how I would die 
into the love I have for you: 
As pieces of cloud 
dissolve in sunlight. – Rumi

Love calls – everywhere and always. 
We’re sky bound.
Are you coming? – Rumi

You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,

but sometimes I do, and that
sight becomes this art. – Rumi

For without you, I swear, the town
Has become like a prison to me.
Distraction and the mountain
And the desert, all I desire. – RumiLove
 
Soul, if you want to learn secrets,

your heart must forget about 
shame
 and dignity. 
You are God’s lover,

yet you worry 
what people 
are saying. – Rumi, The Essential Rumi
 
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. – RumiLove

 
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. – Rumi

No more words. In the name of this place we drink in with our breathing, stay quiet like a flower.
So the nightbirds will start singing. – Rumi, Night and Sleep
 
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. – Rumi
 
For the thirst to possess your love,
Is worth my blood a hundred times. – Rumi

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. – Rumi

Shams, my body is a candle touched with fire. – Rumi

On Love

Love is an emerald.
Its brilliant light wards off dragons
On this treacherous path. – Rumi

You cannot hide love
Love will get on its way
To the heart of someone you love
Far or near, it goes home
To where it belongs
To the heart of lovers, – Rumi

A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water. – Rumi

Love is the house of God and you are living in that house. – Rumi

This is love: to fly toward a secret, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. – Rumi

Whenever we manage to love without expectations,
calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. – Rumi

When I am with you, everything is prayer. – Rumi

You will learn by reading,
But you will understand with LOVE. – Rumi

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that light becomes this art. – Rumi

Love flows down. The ground submits to the sky and suffers what comes. Is the ground worse for giving in like that? Do not put blankets over the drum. Open completely. Let your spirit ear listen to the green dome’s passionate murmur. – Rumi

Whenever we can manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. – Rumi

I’m in love!
Your advice, what are they?
Love has poisoned me!
Your remedies, what are they?
I hear them shout: fast, Bind him feet! – Rumi

But if my heart that has gone mad!
Those strings on my feet
What is the point? – Rumi

The heart is cooking a pot of food for you. Be patient until it is cooked- Rumi

Love is not an emotion, it’s your very existence. – Rumi

The way you make love is the way God will be with you. – Rumi

Love is the cure,
for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain
until your eyes constantly exhale love as effortlessly as your body yields its scent. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak. – Rumi

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along. – Rumi

Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end. – Rumi

Love is the whole thing.
We are only pieces. – Rumi

To Love is to be 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 be God. – Rumi

Love is a river. Drink from it. – Rumi

This is what love does and continues to do. It tastes like honey to adults and milk to children. – Rumi

Love is an open secret, the most obvious thing in the world and the most hidden, with no why to how it keeps its mystery. – Rumi

In your light I learn how to love. – Rumi

I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life. – Rumi

I went inside my heart
to see how it was.
Something there makes me hear
the whole world weeping. – Rumi

If you want to be more alive, love is the truest health. – Rumi

Love is the bridge between you and everything. – Rumi

Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you… This turning toward what you deeply love saves you. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art. – Rumi

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. – Rumi

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. – Rumi

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. – Rumi

A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home. – Rumi

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

Love so needs to love
that it will endure almost anything, even abuse,
just to flicker for a moment. But the sky’s mouth is kind,
its song will never hurt you, for I
sing those words. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you. – Rumi

Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.b

You think you are alive
because you breathe air?
Shame on you,
that you are alive in such a limited way.
Don’t be without Love,
so you won’t feel dead.
Die in Love
and stay alive forever. – Rumi

Love comes with a knife, not some shy question, and not with fears for its reputation! – Rumi

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. – Rumi

The Ego is a veil between humans and God’. – Rumi

In prayer all are equal. – Rumi

No prayer is complete without presence.– Rumi

A craftsman pulled a reed from the reed bed, 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. – Rumi

A wealth you cannot imagine flows through you. Do not consider what strangers say. Be secluded in your secret heart-house, that bowl of silence. – Rumi

Be quiet now and wait. It may be that the ocean one, the one we desire so to move into and become, desires us out here on land a little longer, going our sundry roads to the shore. – Rumi

Dear soul, don’t set a high value on someone before they deserve it; You either lose them or ruin yourself…! – Rumi

Die! Die! Die in this love! If you die in this love, Your soul will be renewed. Die! Die! Don’t fear the death of that which is known If you die to the temporal, You will become timeless. – Rumi

Do not seek water, get thirst. – Rumi

Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest? – Rumi

For the thirst to possess your love, is worth my blood a hundred times. – Rumi

I will soothe you and heal you, I will bring you roses. I too have been covered with thorns. – Rumi

I know you’re tired but come, this is the way. – Rumi

For without you, I swear, the town Has become like a prison to me. Distraction and the mountain and the desert, all I desire. – Rumi

If I could repeat it, people passing by would be enlightened and go free. – Rumi

If there were no way into God, I would not have lain in the grave of this body so long. – Rumi

Love calls – everywhere and always. We’re sky bound. Are you coming? – Rumi

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. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty. – Rumi

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. – Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. – Rumi

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. – Rumi

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. – Rumi

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

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. – Rumi

Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself. – Rumi

The cure for pain is in the pain. – Rumi

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears. – Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form – Rumi

Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free. – Rumi

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious. – Rumi

I don’t get tired of you. Don’t grow weary
of being compassionate toward me – Rumi

Infinite mercy flows continually
But you’re asleep and can’t see it.
The sleeper’s robe goes on drinking river water
While he frantically hunts mirages in dreams
And runs continually here and there shouting,
“There’ll be water further on, I know!”
It’s this false thinking that blocks him
From the path that leads to himself,
By always saying, “Further on!”
He’s become estranged from “here”:
Because of a false fantasy
He’s driven from reality. – Rumi

Rumi Quotes

When you are looking straight in front of you, How can you see what’s there behind you too? – Rumi

If night never came, people would waste themselves pursuing all that they desire. They would give their own bodies to be consumed for the sake of their desires and greed, but night appears, a treasure of Mercy... – Rumi

O fish! The bated hook is not your friend!
Go deep, go deep. – Rumi

Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there. – Rumi

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. – Rumi

Whoever’s calm and sensible is insane! – Rumi

Love is the whole thing.
We are only pieces. – Rumi

let’s get away from
all the clever humans
who put words in our mouth
let’s only say what our hearts desire. – Rumi

Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds. – Rumi

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. – Rumi

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. – Rumi

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

Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself. – Rumi

Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction. – Rumi

It’s your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. – Rumi

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. – Rumi

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life. – Rumi

If light is in your heart, you will find your way home. – Rumi

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. – Rumi

Don’t be satisfied with stories. How things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi

The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are. – Rumi

The lamps are different, but the light is the same. – Rumi

Why are you so enchanted by this world when a mine of gold lies within you? – Rumi

Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being. – Rumi

Don’t hand me another glass of wine. Pour it in my mouth. I’ve lost the way to my mouth. – Rumi

Rumi Quotes

On Life

Let silence take you to the core of life. – Rumi

Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor. – Rumi

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. – Rumi

Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free. – Rumi

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? – Rumi

Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious. – Rumi

Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death. – Rumi

Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. – Rumi

Travel brings power and love back into your life. – Rumi

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open? – Rumi

Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you. – Rumi

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. – Rumi

You think of yourself
as a citizen of the universe.
You think you belong
to this world of dust and matter.
Out of this dust
you have created a personal image,
and have forgotten
about the essence of your true origin. – Rumi

Be motivated like the falcon,
hunt gloriously.
Be magnificent as the leopard,
fight to win.
Spend less time with
nightingales and peacocks.
One is all talk,
the other only color. – Rumi

When someone criticizes or disagrees with you, a small ant of hatred and antagonism is born in your heart. If you do not squash that ant at once, it might grow into a snake, or even a dragon. – Rumi

The result of my life is no more than three words: I was raw, I became cooked, I was burnt. – Rumi

Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you. – Rumi

On Being Sad

But listen to me. For one moment
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you. – Rumi

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. – Rumi

Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; how much it can fill your room depends on its windows. – Rumi

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. – Rumi

Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again; For I am like the Moon, you will see me with new face everyday. – Rumi

Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you. – Rumi

Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths. – Rumi

Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. Flow down and down in always widening rings of being. – Rumi

You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Why do you worry? – Rumi

On Obstacles

When you go through a hard period,
When everything seems to oppose you,
… When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,
NEVER GIVE UP!
Because it is the time and place that the course will divert! – Rumi

What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. – Rumi

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them. – Rumi

On Beauty

Beauty surrounds us. – Rumi

Only from the heart can you touch the sky. – Rumi

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. – Rumi

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

The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart. – Rumi

I see my beauty in you. – Rumi

Nothing can help me but that beauty.
There was a dawn I remember
when my soul heard something from your soul.

I drank water from your spring
and felt the current take me. – Rumi

On Soul

What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs. – Rumi

Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible. If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend. – Rumi

When soul rises
Into lips
You feel the kiss
You have wanted. – Rumi

The soul is her for its own joy. – Rumi

Let go of your mind and then be mindful.
Close your ears and listen! – Rumi

Your breath touched my soul and I saw beyond all limits. – Rumi

Look carefully around you and recognize
the luminosity of souls.
Sit beside those who draw you to that. – Rumi

Sit quietly and listen for a voice that will say, Be more silent. – Rumi As that happens, your soul starts to revive. – Rumi

Body is not veiled from soul, neither soul from body,
Yet no man hath ever seen a soul. – Rumi

Wherever you stand, be the Soul of that place. – Rumi

The soul has been given it’s own ears to hear things the mind does not understand. – Rumi

My dear soul, flee from the worthless,
stay close only to those with a pure heart.
Like attracts like.
A crow will lead you to the graveyard,
a parrot to a lump of sugar. – Rumi

Your soul is so close to mine
That what you dream, I know. …
I know everything you think of: your heart is so close to mine! – Rumi

I have put the ear of my soul in the widow of your heart. – Rumi

On Death

This is how I would die
into the love I have for you:
As pieces of cloud
dissolve in sunlight. – Rumi

At the end of my life, with just one breath left,
if you come, I’ll sit up and sing. – Rumi

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? – Rumi

Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl. – Rumi

On Woman

Woman is the light of God. – Rumi

The woman has great power. Se can tie knots in your chest that only God’s breathing loosens. Don’t take her appeal lightly. – Rumi

On Passion

With passion pray.
With passion make love.
With passion eat and drink and dance and play.
Why look like a dead fish in this ocean of God? – Rumi

On Silence & Knowledge

In the silence of love
you will find the spark of life.– Rumi

Know the true definition of yourself. That is essential.
Then, when you know your own definition, flee from it. – Rumi

On Prayers 

I have come to drag you out of yourself and take you into my heart. I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had, and lift you like a prayer to the sky. – Rumi

If you only say one prayer in a day make it Thank You. – Rumi

Many prayers are declined because of the rank odor of a corrupt heart,
rising through the beautiful words.
Let the words be wrong but the meaning right. . . .
That flawed utterance is dearer to God!– Rumi

Prayer clears the mist 
and brings back peace to the Soul . . . – Rumi

Rumi Quotes

  • 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.

      • As quoted in The Perennial Philosophy (1945) by Aldous Huxley
  • 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”
  • Come to the orchard in Spring.

There is light and wine, and sweethearts in the pomegranate flowers. If you do not come, these do not matter. If you do come, these do not matter.

  • 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 presumptive 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
      • This poem is wrongly considered to be Rumi’s work, where it is actually from [1]Abū-Sa’īd Abul-Khayr. The original poem in Farsi is
      • باز آ باز آ هر آنچه هستی باز آ گر کافر و گبر و بت‌پرستی باز آ این درگه ما درگه نومیدی نیست صد بار اگر توبه شکستی باز آ[2]
  • 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
  • Our caravan leader is the pride of the world, Mustafa [Muhammad]
    • As quoted in And Muhammad is his Messenger : The Veneration of the Prophet in Islamic Piety (1985) by Annemarie Schimmel, p. 215
  • 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)
  • The men of God are like fishes in the ocean; they pop up into view on the surface here and there and everywhere, as they please.
    • As quoted in “A feather on the breath of God” by Nur Elmessiri in Al-Ahram Weekly Online Issue No. 385 (9 – 15 July 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.
  • The Sufi is hanging on to Muhammad, like Abu Bakr.
    • As quoted in Rumi and Islam: Selections from His Stories, Poems, and Discourses — Annotated and Explained (2004) by Ibrahim Gamard p. 171
  • I am the servant of the Qur’an as long as I have life.
    I am the dust on the path of [Muhammad], the Chosen one.
    If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings,
    I am quit of him and outraged by these words
  • As quoted in “Rumi and Self-Discovery” by Ibrahim Gamard, in Islamica Magazine Issue 15, (Summer 2005)
  • 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
  • Whoever enters the Way without a guide
    will take a hundred years to travel a two-day journey.
    The Prophet said “In this way you have no more
    faithful companion than your works.”
    How can these works and this earning in the way of righteousness
    be accomplished without a master, O father? Can you practice the meanest profession in the world
    without a master’s guidance?
    Whoever undertakes a profession without a master
    becomes the laughingstock of city and town.

    • Mathnavi translated by William Chittick pp. 122-123 as quoted in Classical Islam and Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition by Muhammad Hisham Kabbani p. 153
  • We have a way from this visible world to the Unseen,
    For we are the companions of Religions Messenger.
    We have a way from the house to the garden,
    we are the neighbor of the cypress and jasmine.
    Every day we come to the garden
    and see a hundred blossoms.
    In order to scatter them among the lovers,
    we will our robes to overflowing. Behold our words!
    They are the fragrance of those roses –
    we are the rosebush of certainty’s rose garden.

    • Divan as quoted in Classical Islam and the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition By Muhammad Hisham Kabbani p.195
  • I have endowed everyone with a temperament of his own, given everyone an idiom of his own; so that what is praise for him is blame for thee, what is honey for him is poison for thee, what is light for him is fire for thee, what is rose for him is thorn for thee, what is good for him is evil for thee, what is beautiful for him is ugly for thee. In the people of Hindustan the idiom of Hindustan is praiseworthy; in the people of Sind, the idiom of Sind is praiseworthy. I do not see the outward and the speech; I see the inward and the state [of feeling]. For the heart is the substance and speech an accident. So, the accident is subservient, the substance is the [real] object. The religion of love stands apart from all religions. For lovers the [only] religion and creed is God.
    • Rumi, quoted from Harsh Narain, Myths of Composite Culture and Equality of Religions (1990) p. 20-21 [3]

Rumi Daylight

  • 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.
  • The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks
    is a minor hero
    compared to the lion who overcomes himself.
  • 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.

Jewels of Remembrance

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God

  • Love is best when mixed with anguish.
In our town,
we won’t call you a Lover
if you escape the pain.
Look for Love in this way,
welcome it to your soul,
and watch you spirit fly away in ecstasy.
  • I am so drunk
I have lost the way in
and the way out.
I have lost the earth, the moon, and the sky.
Don’t put another cup of wine in my hand,
pour it in my mouth,
for I have lost the way to my mouth.
  • Everyday my heart falls deeper in the pain of your sorrow.
Your cruel heart is weary of me already.
You have left me alone, yet your sorrow remains.
Truly your sorrow is more faithful than you are

The Quatrains of Rumi

  • Love is the path and road of our Prophet
We were born from Love and Love was our mother.
O you who are our mother, you are hidden within veils,
Concealed from our disbelieving natures

  • “The States of the Lover”, p. 456
  • The fire of Love cooks me
Every night it drags me to the Tavern.
It seats me with the People of the Tavern
So that no one except the People of the Tavern will know me.

  • “The States of the Lover”, p. 458
  • By eating meagerly, you become clever and aware.
And by eating gluttonously, you become foolish and idle.
Your being full of misery is entirely from your gluttony.
You will become less miserable if you become a sparse eater.

  • “Advice to the Disciple and Aspirant” p. 507
  • If you dwell with unaware people, you will be cold,
But if you dwell with aware ones, you will be a true man
Go, and build your hermit cell inside a furnace, like gold
If you go out of the furnace, you will be frozen solid

  • “Advice to the Disciple and Aspirant”, p. 516
  • Dwell in the place where your companions are spiritual heroes,
So that they may wash the foul soot from your [heart]
Don’t think about their faults, for they
Will know about it before you think.

  • “Advice to the Disciple and Aspirant” p. 527

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی‎), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى), Mevlânâ – Mawlānā (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, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan. – Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia 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.

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