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Monday, December 17, 2007

Quotes from Jalal-ud-Din RUMI -- Sufi Poet, Mystic, Master

Quotes from Jalal-ud-Din RUMI -- Sufi Poet, Mystic, Master

Quotes of Jalal–ud–Din Rumi (1207-1273), the Persian Sufi Sufi Mystic

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

· 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.

· 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.

· 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.

· 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.

· Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.

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

· Drink from the presence of saints,
not from those other jars.

· The garden of Love
is green without limit
and yields many fruits
other than sorrow and joy.
Love is beyond either condition:
without spring,
without autumn,
it is always fresh.

· Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.

· The wine of this fleeting world
caused your head to ache.

· I used to read the myths of love
Now I have become
the mythical lover.

· They are the chosen ones
who have surrendered.

· We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee;
we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.

(Selected by Pravesh K. Singh)