|Rumi was a 13th-century Persian sufi, mystic, poet, jurist and theologian. A lot of great nations around the world have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. Furthermore, Rumi’s importance transcends the national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the most popular poet in America and today is one of the best selling poets in America.
You already have the precious mixture that will make you well. Use it.
With life as short as a half taken breath, don’t plant anything but love.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket.
If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill, let yourself fall ill.
I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.
People are distracted by objects of desire, and afterwards repent of the lust they’ve indulged, because they have indulged with a phantom and are left even farther from Reality than before. Your desire for the illusory is a wing, by means of which a seeker might ascend to Reality. When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off; you become lame and that fantasy flees. Preserve the wing and don’t indulge such lust, so that the wing of desire may bear you to Paradise. People fancy they are enjoying themselves, but they are really tearing out their wings for the sake of an illusion.
Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight.
When all your desires are distilled, you will cast just two votes: to love more, and be happy.
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.
The master said there is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten. If you were to forget everything else, but were not to forget this, there would be no cause to worry, while if you remembered, performed and attended to everything else, but forgot that one thing, you would in fact have done nothing whatsoever. It is as if a king had sent you to a country to carry out one special, specific task. You go to the country and you perform a hundred other tasks, but if you have not performed the task you were sent for, it is as if you have performed nothing at all. So man has come into the world for a particular task, and that is his purpose. If he doesn’t perform it, he will have done nothing.
When I die, I shall soar with angels, and when I die to the angels, what I shall become you cannot imagine.