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Rumi


A mind full of fears has no space for dreams The universe is not outside of you. Look inside of you; everything that you want, you already are.


Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.


Darkness may hide the trees and the flowers from the eyes but it cannot hide love from the soul.


Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.


Enter the ruins of your Heart and learn the meaning of Humility. Close both eyes and see the mysteries of your inner eye.


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.


I am merely a guest, born into this world to know the secrets that lie beyond it.


In the ocean are many bright strands and many dark strands like veins that are seen when a wing is lifted up. Your hidden self is blood in those, those veins that are lute strings that make ocean music – not the sad sound of surf, but the sound of no shore.


Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.


Listen. In the silence between your heartbeats bides a summons. Do you hear it? Name it if you must or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there? Leave that which is not, but appears to be. Seek that which is, but is not apparent.


Love cannot be explained, yet love explains everything.


My heart is so small it’s almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? “Look,” He answered, “your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world.


My heart, sit only with those who know and understand you. Sit only under a tree that is full of blossoms. In the bazaar of herbs and potions don’t wander aimlessly, find the shop with a potion that is sweet. If you don’t have a measure people will rob you in no time. You will take counterfeit coins thinking they are real. Don’t fill your bowl with food from every boiling pot you see. Not every joke is humorous, so don’t search for meaning where there isn’t one. Not every eye can see, not every sea is full of pearls. My heart, sing the song of longing, like nightingale. The sound of your voice casts a spell on every stone, on every thorn. First, lay down your head, then one by one let go of all distractions. Embrace the light and let it guide you beyond the winds of desire. There you will find a spring and nourished by its sweet waterslike a tree you will bear fruit forever.


Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.


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


Stop the flow of your words, Open the window of your heart and let the spirit speak. Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.


The source is within you and this whole world is pouring from it. The source is full and its waters are overflowing. Do not grieve, drink your fill. Don’t think it will ever run dry, this endless ocean.


The whole universe is contained within a single human being – you.


The world is a prison and we are the prisoners: Dig a hole in the prison wall and let yourself out!


There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief, and unspeakable love.


There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.


This silence, this moment, every moment, if it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There’s nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.


We are stars wrapped in skin. The light you are seeking has always been within.














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