Spiritual Sufism quotes

Jelaluddin Rumi quotes

Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-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.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 'each other'
doesn't make sense any more.

Jelaluddin Rumi
in Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi (Haper San Franscisco, 1995,) p. 36

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.

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi


You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You. 
Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold
to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean. Everything I came
up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It's no good
giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So- I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and
remember me.

Jalaluddin Rumi

REBIRTH

I died as a mineral and became a plant;
I died as a plant and rose to animal;
I died as animal and I was a 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 an angel
I must pass on: all except God must perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become what no mind ever conceived.

     JALALUDDIN RUMI

Those who don't feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don't want to change,

let them sleep.

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

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

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

and sleep.

Rumi, Ode 314 from Like This, Coleman Barks

About Life

Jalal ad-Din Rumi quotes

I come to you, aching for you. You say, 'You're drunk. Go away.' I say 'No. I'm not drunk. Please open the door.' You say, 'You are, you are.. Go away'.


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


"Appear as you are,
Be as you appear."


Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor. Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure". Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don't be one of those merchants who wont risk the ocean.


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


Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.


Whatever possessions 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.


What was said to the rose that made it open was said to me here in my chest.


In this world of trickery emptiness is what your heart wants.


In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.


You wander from room to room
Hunting for the diamond necklace
That is already around your neck!


Travelers, it is late.
Life's sun is going to set.
During these brief days that you have strength,
be quick and spare no effort of your wings.


You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It's too bad that you want to be someone else
You don't see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.


When you come looking for sugar,
your bag will be examined
to see how much it can hold;
it will be filled accordingly.


Outside ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field.


I'll meet you there.


This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-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.


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.


He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, 'Live!'


In truth everything and everyone
Is a shadow of the Beloved,
And our seeking is His seeking
And our words are His words...
We search for Him here and there,
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side, we ask:
'O Beloved, where is the Beloved?'

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


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

Gaining wisdom

Rumi quotes about spiritual growth and development

No mirror ever became iron again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened grape ever became sour fruit. Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse. Become the light.


Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.


Patience is the key to joy.


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


Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening.


That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.


The intelligent want self-control; children want candy.


The middle path is the way to wisdom.


The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.


Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon's reflection.


To praise is to praise how one surrenders to the emptiness.


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


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


You think the shadow is the substance.


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


Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.


Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.


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


The agony of lovers
burns with the fire of passion.
Lovers leave traces of where they’ve been.
The wailing of broken hearts
is the doorway to God.


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


Friends are enemies sometimes, and enemies friends.


I was a tiny bug. Now a mountain. I was left behind. Now honored at the head. You healed my wounded hunger and anger, and made me a poet who sings about joy.


If your guidance is your ego, don’t rely on luck for help. you sleep during the day and the nights are short. By the time you wake up your life may be over.



Let the beauty we love be what we do.


Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be.


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


Most people guard against going into the fire, and so end up in it.


My friend, the sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way.


Nightingales are put in cages because their songs give pleasure. Whoever heard of keeping a crow?


No longer a stranger, you listen all day to these crazy love-words. Like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey, though yours is a long flight from here.

Rumi on Religion

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