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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 them 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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 08/03/2017

The spiritual path wrecks the body and afterwards restores it to health.

It destroys the house to unearth the treasure, and with that treasure builds it better than before.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 04/06/2017

One of the marvels of the world
is the sight of a soul sitting in prison
with the key in his hand.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 10/08/2016

There is a force within that gives you life -- seek that. In your body there lies a precious jewel -- seek that. Oh, wandering Sufi, if you are in search of the greatest treasure, don't look outside, look within, and Seek That. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/16/2016

Be certain in the religion of Love there are no believers or unbelievers. Love embraces all. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 12/09/2015

Yesterday, I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 12/09/2015

One Song

What is praised is one, so the praise is one too,
many jugs being poured into a huge basin.
All religions, all this singing, one song.
The differences are just illusion and vanity.

Sunlight looks a little different
on this wall than it does on that wall
and a lot different on this other one,
but it is still one light.

We have borrowed these clothes,
these time-and-space personalities,
from a light, and when we praise,
we are pouring them back in.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 03/13/2012

Turn back from the outer, set your eyes within. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 03/13/2012

Don't unstring the bow,
I am your four-feathered arrow
that has not been used yet.

I am a strong knifeblade word,
not some if or maybe,
dissolving in air.

I am sunlight slicing the dark.
Who made this night?
A forge deep in the earth-mud.

What is the body?
Endurance.

What is love?
Gratitude.

What is hidden
in our chests?
Laughter.

What else?
Compassion.

Let the beloved be a hat pulled down firmly on my head.
Or drawstrings pulled and tied around my chest.

Someone asks, How does love have hands and feet?
Love is the sprouting-bed for hands and feet!

Your father and mother were playing love games,
They came together, and you appeared!

Don't ask what love can make or do!
Look at the colours of the world.

The riverwater moving in all rivers at once.
The truth that lives in Shams' face.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 10/09/2011

All the particles in the world
Are in love and looking for lovers.
Pieces of straw tremble
In the presence of amber.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

And watch two men washing clothes, one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony. Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

One went to the door of the Beloved and knocked.
A voice asked, "Who is there?"
He answered, "It is I."
The voice said, "There is no room for Me and Thee."
The door was shut.
After a year of solitude and deprivation he returned and knocked.
A voice from within asked, "Who is there?"
The man said, "It is Thee."
The door was opened for him.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

When the ocean surges,
don't let me just hear it.
Let it splash inside my chest!
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Waves broke. Awareness rose again and sent out a voice. It always happens like this. Sea turns on itself and foams. With every foaming bit another body, another being takes form. And when the sea sends word, each foaming body melts immediately back to ocean breath. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

If the beloved is everywhere,
the lover is a veil,
but when living itself becomes
the Friend, lovers disappear.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Lovers do not themselves seek and yearn. In all the world there is no one seeking but He! Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

But don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth, without complicated explanation, so everyone will understand the passage. We have opened you. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

And if He closes before you the ways and passes all, He'll show a hidden pathway which nobody has known. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Die before ye die! Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

To be nothing is the precondition of being. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

A little time alone in your own room will prove more valuable than anything else that could even be given to you. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

Those that make you return, for whatever reason,
to God's solitude, be grateful to them.
Worry about the others, who give you
delicious comforts that keep you from prayer.
Friends are enemies sometimes,
and enemies friends.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you
Don't go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep.
Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011

You are not a prophet, but go humbly on the way of the prophets, and you can arrive where they are. Don't try to steer the boat. Don't open a shop by yourself. Listen. Keep silent. You are not God's mouthpiece. Try to be an ear, and if you do speak, ask for explanations. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

Date added: 09/25/2011
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