Rumi – The Persian Muslim Sufi poet

Rumi – The Persian Muslim Sufi poet

I have to ask myself why am I so drawn to someone who lived 800 years ago?  – Rumi or Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (1207 – 1273) was a Persian Muslim Sufi poet.  He was a  theologian, a philosopher and jurist, whose works have crossed all national, cultural and ethnic boundaries and still hailed with high regards.  Rumi was regarded as ‘the most famous poet’ in America in the year 2007.   Here are just a few of his words that touch me.

“Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?” 

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” 

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” 

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

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

“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

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

“Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.” 

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” 

“Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open?” 

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

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.”

“Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” 

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

“Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.” 

 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” 

How long will you think about this painful life?
How long will you think about this harmful world?

“The only thing it can take from you is your body.”
Don’t say all this rubbish and stop thinking.”

All Quotes by Rumi

All these in essence speak about our inner self, it dares us to look outside the box. to understand and challenge ourselves, it resonates acceptance of this life, and…in I guess in some small way it preaches love and hope.

with love, Mary Ann