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Rumi مولانا جلال‌الدین محمد بلخی

(Rumi Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī)

1207 – 1283 CE

Sufi mystic, Afghan hero, Sunni scholar-theologian, and one of the most widely read poets in the United States; Rumi went beyond religious, cultural, and ethnic borders to become a bridge between Shia and Sunni Muslims, East and West, between many of the world’s religions and cultures. Always a strong voice for peace, harmony, and understanding; he composed what’s considered the greatest poem written in the Persian language. While fleeing from a Mongol invasion with his family and during later journeys, he encountered many poetic and spiritual influences that transformed his conventional life of a scholar and jurist into an ascetic teacher who used music, poetry and dance to communicate the highest wisdom.

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Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

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Love's Ripening

Quotes by Rumi (35 quotes)

“I don't want learning, or dignity, or respectability. I want this music, and this dawn, and the warmth of your cheek against mine”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 44. Fame and Fortune

Themes: Education Music

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“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 71. Sick of Sickness

Themes: Travel Freedom

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“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

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

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

Themes: Moon

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“When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 5. Christmas Trees

Themes: Sacred World

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

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 29. Not Doing

Themes: Wisdom

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“The world is full of nice people. If you can't find one, be one.”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Themes: Friendship

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“Why should I seek? I am the same as He I have been looking for myself!”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Themes: Travel

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“Then what should I fear? I have never become less from dying.”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 50. Claws and Swords

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“Many winds full of anger, lust and greed move rubbish around. The solid mountain of true nature however, stays where it's always been.”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 68. Joining Heaven & Earth

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“I will be waiting for your silence to break, your soul to shake, and your love to wake!”

from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

Chapters: 76. The Soft and Flexible

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“The astrolabe of the mysteries of God is love.”

Themes: Love

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“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment; cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.”

Themes: Paradox Opinion

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“This aloneness is worth more than a thousand lives.
This freedom is worth more than all the lands on earth.
To be alone with the truth for just a moment,
Is worth more than the world and life itself.”

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“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.”

Themes: Love

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“A wound is a place where the light enters you.”

Themes: Problems

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“Whether it's sugar or poison, how sweet is selflessness!
You grab a hat, hou have no head. How sweet is selflessness!”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Egolessness

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“Don't complain that you're trapped, that your cup of life is full to the brim. Find new life even in old age.”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Old Age

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“It was just a glance, but it became a fountain that drowned my heart... and if our joy could be worthy of that Moonlight and Sunshine, wouldn't it be for the face of that beauty?”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Beauty

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“By their failures lovers are made aware... Lack of success is the guide to Paradise.”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Failure

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“The desire in the female for the male is so that they may perfect each other's work... they appear to be opposites but the truth they serve is one, each desiring the other for the perfection of their work.”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Sex Marriage

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“You are water, but in a whirlpool and engulfed; come down among us... we know nothing except singing these songs of unknowingness.”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Water Openness

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“Abandon your desire and take on the light of wisdom, for that desire would soon lead to disappointment.”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Desire

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“We make plans, unaware of what is being planned”

from Love's Ripening

Themes: Fate / Destiny

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“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.”

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“There are many winds full of anger, and lust and greed. They move the rubbish around, but the solid mountain of true nature stays where it's always been”

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“Yesterday the wisest man holding a lit lantern in daylight was searching around town saying I am tired of all these beasts and brutes. I seek a true human. We have all looked for one but no one could be found they said. 'Yes,' he replied 'but my search is for the one who cannot be found.'”

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“Take someone who doesn't keep score, who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest evenin his own personality: he's free.”

Themes: Competition

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“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.”

Themes: Patience Moon

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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

Themes: Transmutation

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Quotes about Rumi (2 quotes)

“Rumi advised me to keep my spirit up in the branches of a tree and not peek out too far, so I keep mine in the very tall willows along the irrigation ditch out back.”

Jim Harrison 1937 – 2016 CE
"untrammeled renegade genius”
from Dead Man's Float​

Themes: Less is More

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“If we regard the world as a family of nations—equally the gospel of India, of Jesus and of Blake, Lao Tzu and Rumi—... a constant intuition of the unity of all life, and the instinctive and ineradicable conviction that the recognition of this unity is the highest good and the uttermost freedom”

Ananda Coomaraswamy குமாரசுவாமி 1877 – 1947 CE
Perennial philosophy's Citizen of the World

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