Quotations by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic jurist and theologian

Mawla-na- Jala-l-ad-Di-n Muhammad Ru-mi, also known as Mawla-na- Jala-l-ad-Di-n Muhammad Balkhi, but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi, (September 30, 1207 - December 17, 1273), was a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning "the Roman" since he lived most parts of his life in Anatolia which had been part of the Roman Empire until the Seljuq conquest two centuries earlier. (Source: Wikipedia)


Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi
  1. Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.

  2. Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.

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

  4. Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I've gone and come back, I'll find it at home.

  8. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

  9. 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.

  10. Oh soul,
    you worry too much.
    You have seen your own strength.
    You have seen your own beauty.
    You have seen your golden wings.
    Of anything less,
    why do you worry?
    You are in truth
    the soul, of the soul, of the soul.

  11. Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.

  12. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.

  13. Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.

  14. 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. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.

  15. The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.

  16. This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.

  17. Whatever posessions 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.

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

  19. You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?

  20. 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.


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