ᐅ169+ Rumi Quotes on Love, Life, Nature & the Universe

“You have no need to travel anywhere – journey within yourself. Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light.” – Rumi

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

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

“What is planted in each person’s soul will sprout.” – 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

“That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.” – Rumi

“Thankfulness brings you to the place where the beloved lives.” – Rumi

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

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

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

“Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfection in others.” – Rumi

“Be kind to yourself, dear – to our innocent follies. Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance. You will come to see that all evolves us.” – Rumi

“In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.” – Rumi

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

“Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it.”― 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

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

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

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

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

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”― Rumi

“What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.”― Rumi

“Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies.”― Rumi

“Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”― Rumi

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

“The lion is most handsome when looking for food.”― Rumi

“Shine like the whole universe is yours.”― Rumi

“The rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorns.”― Rumi

“Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.” ― Rumi

“Why should I be weary when every cell of my body is bursting with life?” ― Rumi

“Why ever talk of miracles when you are destined to become infinite love.” ― Rumi

“Whatever happens, just keep smiling and lose yourself in love.” ― Rumi

“When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.” ― Rumi

“If you want to win hearts, sow the seeds of Love. If you want heaven, stop scattering thorns on the road.” ― Rumi

“Everything about yesterday has gone with yesterday. Today, it is needed to say new things.” ― Rumi

“Your radiance shines in every atom of creation yet our petty desires keep it hidden.” ― Rumi

“Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one.” ― Rumi

“When you lose all sense of self, the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.” ― Rumi

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

“The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.” ― Rumi

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” ― Rumi

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

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” ― Rumi

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

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

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

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

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” ― Rumi

“We are born of love; Love is our mother.” ― Rumi

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

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

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.” ― Rumi

“If you are looking for a friend who is faultless, you will be friendless.” – Rumi

“When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.” – 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

“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” – Rumi

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ― Rumi

“Grace comes to forgive and then forgive again.” – Rumi

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” – Rumi

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

“The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.” – Rumi

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

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

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

“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” – Rumi

“Open your hands if you want to be held.” – Rumi

“If you are seeking, seek us with joy For we live in the kingdom of joy. Do not give your heart to anything else But to the love of those who are clear joy, Do not stray into the neighborhood of despair. For there are hopes: they are real, they exist – Do not go in the direction of darkness – I tell you: suns exist.” – Rumi

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

“Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives. But this dove here senses the love hawk floating above, and waits, and will not be driven or scared to safety.” – Rumi

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

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

“What? Are you still pretending you are separate from the Beloved?” – Rumi

“Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! – Rumi

“A pen went scribbling along. When it tried to write love, it broke.” ― 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

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

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

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

“make your last journey from this strange world soar for the heights where there is no more separation of you and your home God has created your wings not to be dormant as long as you are alive you must try more and more to use your wings to show you’re alive” ― Rumi

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

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

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” – 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. What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

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

“May these vows and this marriage be blessed.” – 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

“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

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

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

“I am so close, I may look distant. So completely mixed with you, I may look separate. So out in the open, I appear hidden. So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.” – Rumi

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

“Your depression is connected to your insolence and refusal to praise.” – Rumi

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

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

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

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” – 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

“There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.” – 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

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

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

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

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

Rumi spent part of his life as a refugee and migrant.

He was likely never called “Rumi” during his lifetime.

His admirers include Madonna and Philip Glass.

His poems are widely regarded as sublime fusions of the erotic and the devotional.

When Rumi met his great teacher, companion, and beloved Shams of Tabriz, he was already in his late thirties, Shams about sixty years old. Rumi did not begin writing poetry seriously until the traumatic disappearance of Shams of Tabriz from his life.

It is believed he was able to see visions of angels during childhood.

Rumi was born in Central Asia, most likely in present-day Tajikistan, near the border of Afghanistan.

He was a Sufi mystic poet from Persia and is the bestselling poet among US Muslims.

“Our feast, our wedding Will be auspicious to the world. God fit the feast and wedding To our length like a proper garment. Venus and the moon Will be matched to each other, The parrot with sugar. The most beautifully-faced Beloved Makes a different kind of wedding every night. With the favor of our Sultan’s prosperity, Hearts become spacious And men pair up with each other. Troubles and anxieties are all gone. Here tonight, You go again To the wedding and feasting. O beauty who adorned our city, You will be groom to the beauties. How nicely You walk in our neighborhood, Coming to us so beautifully. O our river, O One Who is searching for us, How nicely You flow in our stream. How nicely You flow with our desires, Unfastening the binding of our feet. You make us walk so nicely, holding our hand, O Joseph of our world. Cruelty suits You well. It’s a mistake for us to expect Your loyalty. Step as You wish on our bloody Soul. O Soul of my Soul, pull our Souls To our Beloved’s temple. Take this piece of bone. Give it as a gift to our Huma*. O wise ones, give thanks To our Sultan’s kindness, who adds Souls to Soul, Keep dancing, O considerate ones. Keep whirling and dancing. At the wedding night of rose and Nasrin* I hang the drum on my neck. Tonight, the tambourine and small drum Will become our clothes. Be silent! Venus becomes the Cupbearer tonight And offers glasses to our sweetheart, Whose skin is fair and rosy, Who takes a glass and drinks. For the sake of God, because of our praying, Now Sufis become exuberant At the assembly of God’s Absence. They put the belt of zeal on their waists And start Sama’*. One group of people froth like the sea, Prostrating like waves. The other group battles like swords, Drinking the blood of our glasses. Be silent! Tonight, the Sultan Went to the kitchen. He is cooking with joy. But a most unusual thing, Tonight, the Beloved is cooking our Halva*.”

“May these nuptials be blessed for us, may this marriage be blessed for us, May it be ever like milk and sugar, this marriage like wine and halvah. May this marriage be blessed with leaves and fruits like the date tree; May this marriage be laughing forever, today, tomorrow, like the houris of paradise. May this marriage be the sign of compassion and the approval of happiness here and hereafter; May this marriage be fair of fame, fair of face and fair of omen as the moon in the azure sky. I have fallen silent for words cannot describe how the spirit has mingled with this marriage.”

“May these vows and this marriage be blessed. May it be sweet milk, this marriage, like wine and halvah. May this marriage offer fruit and shade like the date palm. May this marriage be full of laughter, our every day a day in paradise. May this marriage be a sign of compassion, a seal of happiness here and hereafter. May this marriage have a fair face and a good name, an omen as welcome as the moon in a clear blue sky. I am out of words to describe how spirit mingles in this marriage.”

“May the blessings which flow in all weddings be gathered, God, together in our wedding! The blessings of the Night of Power, the month of fasting the festival to break the fast the blessings of the meeting of Adam and Eve the blessings of the meeting of Joseph and Jacob the blessings of gazing on the paradise of all abodes and yet another blessing which cannot be put in words: the fruitful scattering of joy of the children of the Shayak and our eldest! In companionship and happiness may you be like milk and honey in union and fidelity, just like sugar and halva. May the blessings of those who toast and the one who pours the wine anoint the ones who said Amen and the one who said the prayer.”

“When you hear a dirty story wash your ears. When you see ugly stuff wash your eyes. When you get bad thoughts to wash your mind. and Keep your feet muddy.”

“When you look for God, God is in the look of your eyes In the thought of looking, nearer to you than your self, or things that have happened to you There’s no need to go outside. Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself. A white flower grows in the quietness. Let your tongue become that flower.”

“Imagine a man selling his donkey to be with Jesus. Now imagine him selling Jesus to get a ride on a donkey. This does happen. Jesus can transform a drunk into gold. If the drunk is already golden, he can be changed to pure diamond. If already that, he can become the circling planets, Jupiter, Venus, the moon. Never think that you are worthless. God has paid an enormous amount for you, and the gifts keep arriving.”

“You are my wine, my joy, My garden, my springtime, My slumber, my repose, Without you, I can’t cope.”

“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, nor don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.”

“Don’t run around this world looking for a hole to hide in. There are wild beasts in every cave! If you live with mice, the cat claws will find you.”

“My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there. This drunkenness began in some other tavern. When I get back around to that place, I’ll be completely sober.”

“When I am with you, we stay up all night When you are not here, I can’t go to sleep Praise God for this two insomnia! And the difference between them.”

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

“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!”

“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.”

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

“When the soul rises Into lips You feel the kiss You have wanted.”

“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!”

“What else can I say? You will only hear what you are ready to hear. Don’t nod your head, Don’t try to fool me— the truth of what you see is written all over your face!”

“First, when I was apart from you, this world did not exist, nor any other. Second, whatever I was looking for was always you.”

“Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin Be motivated like the falcon, hunt gloriously. Be as magnificent as the leopard, fight to win. Spend less time with nightingales and peacocks. One is all talk, the other only color.”

“OH HAPPY DAY when in you presence, my ruler, I shall die! When near the sugar-treasure melting like sugar I shall die! Out of my dust will grow a thousand of centrifolias When in the shade of yonder cypress in gardens I shall die. And when you pour into my goblet the bitter drink of death, I’ll kiss the goblet full of joy, dear, and drunken I shall die. I may turn yellow like the autumn when people speak of death, Thanks to your smiling lip: like springtime and smiling shall I die. I have died many times, but your breath made me alive again, Should I die thus a hundred more times I happily shall die! A child that dies in mother’s bosom, that’s how I am, my friend, For in the bosom of His Mercy and kindness, I shall die. Say: Where would death be for the lovers? Impossible is that! For in the fountain of the Water of Life – there I shall die!”

“you mustn’t be afraid of death you’re a deathless soul you can’t be kept in a dark grave you’re filled with God’s glow be happy with your beloved you can’t find any better the world will shimmer because of the diamond you hold when your heart is immersed in this blissful love you can easily endure any bitter face around in the absence of malice there is nothing but happiness and good times don’t dwell in sorrow my friend”

“Tis the fire of love that inspires the flute, Tis the ferment of love that possesses the wine.”

“My Soul is my Guide, for my Soul is of that Abode I will not Speak of the Earthly, I am of the Unknown.”

“I swear, since seeing Your face, the whole world is fraud and fantasy The garden is bewildered as to what is a leaf or blossom. The distracted birds can’t distinguish the birdseed from the snare.”

“Oh Beloved, take me. Liberate my soul. Fill me with your love and release me from the two worlds. If I set my heart on anything but you let the fire burn me from inside. Oh Beloved, take away what I want. Take away what I do. Take away what I need. Take away everything that takes me from you”

“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.”

“The power of love came into me, and I became fierce like a lion, then tender like the evening star.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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!” But if my heart has gone mad! Those strings on my feet What is the point?”

“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?”

“Let lovers be crazy, disgraceful and wild Those who fret about such things Aren’t in love.”

“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.”

“Love is neither a tale nor a game. Love is such a powerful torrent that no one can stand in front of it. Love is the flame which, when it blazes, consumes everything other than the Beloved”

“When Love comes suddenly and taps on your window, run and let it in but first shut the door of your reason. Even the smallest hint chases love away like smoke that drowns the freshness of the morning breeze. To reason, Love can only say, the way is barred, you can’t pass through but to the lover, it offers a hundred blessings. Before the mind decides to take a step Love has reached the seventh heaven. Before the mind can figure how Love has climbed the Holy Mountain. I must stop this talk now and let Love speak from its nest of silence.”

“I came with many knots in my heart, like the magician’s rope. You undid them all at once. I see now the splendor of the student and that of the teacher’s art. Love and this body sit inside your presence, one demolished the other drunk. We smile. We weep, tree limbs turning sere, then light green.”

“Maulana’s Last Letter To Shams Sometimes I wonder, sweetest love if you Were a mere dream in along winter night, A dream of spring days, and of golden light Which sheds its rays upon a frozen heart; A dream of wine that fills the drunken eye. And so I wonder, sweetest love if I Should drink this ruby wine, or rather weep; Each tear a bezel with your face engraved, A rosary to memorize your name… There are so many ways to call you back- Yes, even if you only were a dream.”

“A woman is a beam of the divine light she is not the being whom sensual desire takes as it’s the object she is a creator it should be said she is not a creature she is infinite love can find all this”

“You call out, I am the lover, But these are mere words. If you see lover and Beloved as two, you either have double vision, or you can’t count.”

“Because I Cannot Sleep I make music at night. I am troubled by the one whose face has the color of spring flowers. I have neither sleep nor patience, neither a good reputation nor disgrace. A thousand robes of wisdom are gone. All my good manners have moved a thousand miles away. The heart and the mind are left angry with each other. The stars and the moon are envious of each other. Because of this alienation the physical universe is getting tighter and tighter. The moon says, ‘How long will I remain suspended without a sun?’ Without Love’s jewel inside of me, let the bazaar of my existence be destroyed stone by stone. O Love, You who have been called by a thousand names, You who know how to pour the wine into the chalice of the body, You who give culture to a thousand cultures, You who are faceless but have a thousand faces, O Love, You who shape the faces of Turks, Europeans, and Zanzibaris, give me a glass from Your bottle, or a handful of being from Your Branch. Remove the cork once more. Then we’ll see a thousand chiefs prostrate themselves, and a circle of ecstatic troubadours will play. Then the addict will be freed of craving. and will be resurrected, and stand in awe till Judgement Day”

“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.”

“So Recklessly Exposed December and January, gone. Tulips coming up. It’s time to watch how trees stagger in the wind and roses never rest. Wisteria and Jasmine twist on themselves. Violet kneels to Hyacinth, who bows. Narcissus winks, wondering what will the lightheaded Willow say of such slow dancing by Cypress. Painters come outdoors with brushes. I love their hands. The birds sing suddenly and all at once. The soul says Ya Hu, quietly. A dove calls, Where, Ku? Soul, you will find it. Now the roses show their breasts. No one hides when the Friend arrives. The Rose speaks openly to the Nightingale. Notice how the Green Lily has several tongues but still keeps her secret. Now the Nightingale sings this love that is so recklessly exposed, like you.”

“We are the mirror, as well as the face in it. We are tasting the taste of eternity this minute. We are pain and what cures pain. We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours. Soul of the world, no life, nor world remain, no beautiful women and men longing. Only this ancient love circling the holy black stone of nothing. Where the lover is the loved, the horizon and everything within it.”

“I am an atom; you are like the countenance of the Sun for me. I am a patient of Love you are like medicine for me. Without wings, without feathers, I fly about looking for you. I have become a Rose petal and you are like the Wind for me. Take me for a ride.”

“My love, you are closer to me than myself… You shine through my eyes, Your light is brighter than the Moon… Step into the garden so all the flowers… Even the tall poplar can kneel before your beauty… Let your voice silence the lily famous for its hundred tongues, When you want to be kind… You are softer than the soul… But when you withdraw… You can be so cold and harsh. Dear one, you can be wild and rebellious… But when you meet him face to face… His charm will make you docile like the earth, Throw away your shield and bare your chest… There is no stronger protection than him. That’s why when the Lover withdraws from the world… He covers all the cracks in the wall… So the outside light cannot come through, He knows that only the inner light illuminates his world!”

“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. Die happily and look forward to taking up a new and better form. Like the sun, only when you set in the west can you rise in the east. I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life. 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 The world is a playground, and death is the night. Our death is our wedding with eternity.”

“I want that love that moved the mountains. I want that love that split the ocean. I want that love that made the winds tremble. I want that love that roared like thunder. I want that love that will raise the dead. I want that love that lifts us to ecstasy. I want that love that is the silence of eternity.”

“The moon has become a dancer at this festival of love. This dance of light, This sacred blessing, This divine love, beckons us to a world beyond only lovers can see with their eyes of fiery passion. They are the chosen ones who have surrendered. Once they were particles of light now they are the radiant sun. They have left behind the world of deceitful games. They are the privileged lovers who create a new world with their eyes of fiery passion.”

“The most living moment comes when those who love each other meet each other’s eyes and in what flows between them then. To see your face in a crowd of others, or alone on a frightening street, I weep for that. Our tears improve the earth. The time you scolded me, your gratitude, your laughing, always your qualities increase the soul. Seeing you is a wine that does not muddle or numb. We sit inside the cypress shadow where amazment and clear thought twine its growth into it.”

“Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity. The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death. Tomorrow, when resurrection comes, The heart that is not in love will fail the test. After a year of solitude and deprivation this man returned to the door of the Beloved. He knocked. A voice from within asked: ‘Who is there?’ The man said: ‘It is Thou.’ The door was opened for him.”

“O, happy the soul that saw its own faults.”

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

“If something makes you happy in this world, you should think of what will happen to you if that thing were taken away.”

“Come sit with me! Let us drink the holy wine of happiness.”

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”

“No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.”

“There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again.”

“It may be the satisfaction I need depends on my going away. So that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.”

“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.”

“Whenever sorrow comes, be kind to it. For God has placed a pearl in sorrow’s hand.”

“Its good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.”

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

“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.”

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

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

“You left ground and sky weeping, mind and soul full of grief. No one can take your place in existence, or in absence. Both mourn, the angels, the prophets, and this sadness I feel has taken from me the taste of language, so that I cannot say the flavor of my being apart.”

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”

“Sadness to me is the happiest time, When a shining city rises from the ruins of my drunken mind. Those times when I’m silent and still as the earth, The thunder of my roar is heard across the universe.”

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

“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.”

“I wonder from these thousand of “me’s”, which one am I? Listen to my cry, do not drown my voice I am completely filled with the thought of you. Don’t lay broken glass on my path I will crush it into dust. I am nothing, just a mirror in the palm of your hand, reflecting your kindness, your sadness, your anger. If you were a blade of grass or a tiny flower I will pitch my tent in your shadow. Only your presence revives my withered heart. You are the candle that lights the whole world and I am an empty vessel for your light.”

“You left and I cried tears of blood. My sorrow grows. Its not just that You left. But when You left my eyes went with You. Now, how will I cry?”

“The day I’ve died, my pall is moving on But do not think my heart is still on earth! Don’t weep and pity me: “Oh woe, how awful!” You fall in devil’s snare – woe, that is awful! Don’t cry “Woe, parted!” at my burial For me this is the time of joyful meeting! Don’t say “Farewell!” when I’m put in the grave A curtin is it for eternal bliss. You saw “descending” – now look at the rising! Is setting dangerous for sun and moon? To you it looks like setting, but it’s rising; The coffin seems a jail, yet it means freedom. Which seed fell in the earth that did not grow there? Why do you doubt the fate of human seed? What bucket came not filled from out the cistern? Why should the Yusaf “Soul” then fear this well? Close here your mouth and open it on that side. So that your hymns may sound in Where-no-place!

“On the day I die, when I’m being carried toward the grave, don’t weep. Don’t say, He’s gone! He’s gone. Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets and the moon sets, but they’re not gone. Death is a coming together. The tomb looks like a prison, but it’s really release into union. The human seed goes down in the ground like a bucket into the well where Joseph is. It grows and comes up full of some unimagined beauty. Your mouth closes here, and immediately opens with a shout of joy there.”

“Make your last journey from this strange world soar for the heights where there is no more separation of you and your home God has created your wings not to be dormant as long as you are alive you must try more and more to use your wings to show you’re alive”

“I placed one foot on the wide plain of death, and some grand immensity sounded on the emptiness. I have felt nothing ever like the wild wonder of that moment. Longing is the core of mystery. Longing itself brings the cure. The only rule is, Suffer the pain. Your desire must be disciplined, and what you want to happen in time, sacrificed.”

“When you come back inside my chest no matter how far I’ve wandered off, I look around and see the way. At the end of my life, with just one breath left, if you come then, I’ll sit up and sing.”

“The angel of death arrives, and I spring joyfully up. No one knows what comes over me when I and that messenger speak!”

“Childhood, youth, and maturity, and now old age. Every guest agrees to stay three days, no more. Master, you told me to remind you. Time to go.”

“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.”

“Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give.”

“Our death is our wedding with eternity.”

“Last night things flowed between us that cannot now be said or written. Only as I’m being carried out and down the road, as the folds of my shroud open in the wind, will anyone be able to read, as on the petal-pages of a turning bud, what passed through us last night.”

“The world is a playground, and death is the night.”

“I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life.”

“Die happily and look forward to taking up a new and better form. Like the sun, only when you set in the west can you rise in the east.”

“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?”

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

“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.”

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

“I was dead, then alive. Weeping, then laughing.”

“This silence, this moment, every moment, if it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There’s nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.”

“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.”

“I am so close, I may look distant. So completely mixed with you, I may look separate. So out in the open, I appear hidden. So silent, because I am constantly talking with you.”

“Stop, open up, surrender the beloved blind silence. Stay there until you see you’re looking at the light with infinite eyes.”

“Keep silence, be mute. If you have not yet become the tongue of god, be an ear!”

“Let silence take you to the core of life.”

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

“In the silence between your heartbeat bides a summons. Do you hear it? Name it if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?”

“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

“In the silence of love you will find the spark of life”

“Silence is the sea, and speech is like the river. The sea is seeking you: don’t seek the river. Don’t turn your head away from the signs offered by the sea.”

“Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.”

“Silence gives answers.”

“Sing to me in the silence of your heart and I will rise up to hear your triumphant song.”

“Keep silent, because the world of silence is a vast fullness”

“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”

“Silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.”

“My souls sits in silence, and then asks again, where are you in all of this?”

“All is known in the sacredness of silence.”

“Ground yourself, strip yourself down, To blind loving Silence”

“Let Silence speak to you about the secrets of the universe.”

“This is how it always is when I finish a poem. A great silence overcomes me and I wonder why I ever thought to use language.”

“Oh, bird of my soul, fly away now, For I possess a hundred fortified towers.”

“There is a place where words are born of silence.”

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

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing 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.”

“I will be waiting here…. For your silence to break, For your soul to shake, For your love to wake!”

“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.”

“My boat strikes something deep. At first sounds of silence, waves. Nothing has happened; Or perhaps everything has happened. and I am sitting in my new life.”

“Be quiet. Find acquaintances with silence. Go inside, delve into your heart. Take a day off from the clamor.”

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

“Carry your baggage towards silence , when you seek the signs of the way.”

“But learn this custom from the flower: silence your tongue.”

“We owe thankfulness to God, not sour faces.”

“Thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.”

“Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.”

“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.”

“Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”

“Make peace with the universe. Take joy in it. It will turn to gold. Resurrection will be now. Every moment, a new beauty.”

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

“There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise. Drink all your passion, and be a disgrace. Close both eyes to see with the other eye.”

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

“Dance where you can break yourself up to pieces and totally abandon your worldly passions.”

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing 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.”

“All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony. Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.”

“That hurt we embrace becomes joy. Call it to your arms where it can change.”

“To change, a person must face the dragon of his appetites with another dragon, the life-energy of the soul.”

“Pale sunlight, pale the wall. Love moves away. The light changes I need more grace than I thought. Whenever they rebuild an old building, they must first of all destroy the old one.”

“Life s picture is constantly undergoing change. The spirit beholds a new world every moment.”

“Your way begins at 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.”

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

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

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

“Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.”

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.”

“I am pure light, not just a fistful of clay. The shell is not me, I came as the royal pearl within. Look at me not with outward eye but with inward vision of the heart; Follow me there and see how unencumbered we become.”

“Fasting is the first principle of medicine.”

“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising.”

“There is no room for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing when sweet water is everywhere?”

“You already have the precious mixture that will make you well. Use it.”

“If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill let yourself fall ill.”

“Planting an apple tree will give you apples, planting a poison ivy plant will give you poison ivy. Likewise, filling your life with good thoughts and happiness, multiplies the positivity and joy in your life.”

“Healing begins with you. Irrespective of what the world says, you make your own little world by changing yourself.”

“As the day ends, a new one begins in another part of the world. What goes around, will come back to you.”

“Do not map your life by how much time has passed by, rather, map it by how much you have felt, and loved.”

“Don’t forget that, you have the power to make yourself feel good.”

“Don’t let anything get to your head. Be it happiness, pride or sadness.”

“Pain is the conduit to healing. Without pain, there is no improvement & no betterment.”

“You can’t mend something that is not broken! To be healed, you need to fall ill.”

“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.”

“There is a place born of silence A place where the whispers of the heart arise. There is a place where voices sing your beauty A place where every breath carves your image in my soul.”

“See the beauty around you. Break out of your boundaries. Reach out to what makes your life more meaningful.”

“Every cloud has a silver lining. Look beyond your bubble to see the beauty in the world.”

“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.”

“The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.”

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.”

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

“I see my beauty in you.”

“Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty.”

“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened…. Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

“Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty.”

“Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Why do you worry?”

“Let the beauty of what you love to be what you do.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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