Watch & Listen
"The Sufis have polished their chests
clean from greed, desire, meanness, and hatred.
The heart is, indeed, a pure mirror;
for it is receptive of infinite images.
The Sufis posses in their chests the heart’s mirror
that reflects the infinite forms from the Unseen World.
Remember this: The heart’s mirror has no bounds.
Therefore, the intellect must remain silent here;
or else, it will mislead us.
For the heart is with God, or indeed, God is the heart."
~ Rumi (Masnavi I, 3484-89)
"Come, come, for you will not find such a Friend like Me
in the whole of both worlds where will you find such a Beloved2 like Me?
Come, come and don’t spend all of your life wandering in all directions,
for there is no other marketplace for your capital."
~ Rumi (Divaân 3055)
"Being a lover means your heart must ache,
No sickness hurts as much as when hearts break,
The lover’s ailment’s totally unique,
Love is the astrolabe of all we seek,
Whether you feel divine or earthly love,
Ultimately we’re destined for above.
To capture love whatever words I say
Make me ashamed when love arrives my way,
While explanation sometimes makes things clear
True love through silence only one can hear:
The pen would smoothly write the things it knew
But when it came to love it split in two,
A donkey stuck in mud is logic’s fate––
Love’s nature only love can demonstrate:
Sunshine reveals its nature in each ray,
So if it’s proof you want just look this way!"
~ Rumi (Masnavi I:109-116)
"Love of the dead is not a lasting love
Because the dead don’t come back from above,
Love of the living in your soul and blood
Each moment makes you fresher than a bud,
Save love for him, eternal and divine,
The Saqi with the soul-expanding wine!
Choose love of him, from whose resplendent face
The prophets find their mission and their grace––
Don’t tell me ‘From that king we have been barred,’
Dealing with noble men is not that hard!"
~ Rumi (Masnavi, I:217-221)
"Whoever grabs onto the branch, the branch will break and she will fall,
and whoever holds onto the tree, all the branches belong to her."
~ Shams of Tabriz (Shams’ Essays)
"Speak, Sun of Truth and Faith, pride of Tabriz!
but it is your voice that mouths all my words."
~ Rumi (Divân 2056)
"Here there is no room for two, what is the meaning of I and you
consider these two as one, so long as you are in our assembly."
~ Rumi (Divân, 2965)
"Do not search for me in this world or that other;
Both of these worlds are drowned in the world in which I wander."
~ Rumi (Divân, 1759)
"Break off your chains, Man! Be free.
How long will you remain the slave of gold and silver?
Even if you pour the whole sea into a pitcher,
how much water can the pitcher contain?
No more than today’s portion.
but the pitcher of the greedy eye cannot be filled.
Lo! The oyster-shell cannot be filled with a jewel
unless it becomes content and closes."
~ Rumi (Masnavi I: 19-21)
"The world is like a stream
that appears to be enclosed, but
its water ever flows and comes afresh.
Where does it come from?"
~ Rumi (Divân 462)
"During the breath of the non-self, the moon comes near you;
in non-self the wine of the Friend comes closer to you…"
Molana Rumi (Divân, 323)
"At every instant and breath, and from all directions, resounds the call of Love:
We are on our way to the heavenly spheres, who is willing to join and witness with us?
We were rooted in the heavenly spheres, we were friends of the angels,
Let us go there again friend, for that is our City-where we truly belong."
~ Rumi (Divân, 463)