There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,... more »
He said, 'Who is at my door?'
I said, 'Your humble servant.'
He said, 'What business do you have?'... more »
The beauty of the heart
is the lasting beauty:
its lips give to drink
of the water of life.... more »
It is the rule with drunkards to fall upon each other,
to quarrel, become violent, and make a scene.... more »
Last night you left me and slept
your own deep sleep. Tonight you turn
and turn. I say,... more »
What the material world values does
not shine the same in the truth of the soul.... more »
There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street... more »
Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.... more »
Oh, if a tree could wander
and move with foot and wings!
It would not suffer the axe blows
and not the pain of saws!... more »
There is a candle in the heart of man, waiting to be kindled.
In separation from the Friend, there is a cut waiting to be
stitched.... more »
There's courage involved if you want
to become truth.
There is a broken- open place in a lover.... more »
If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face... more »
If you show patience, I'll rid you of this virtue.
If you fall asleep, I'll rub the sleep from your eyes.... more »
If you want what visible reality
can give, you're an employee.
If you want the unseen world,... more »
You play with the great globe of union,
you that see everyone so clearly... more »
Passion makes the old medicine new:
Passion lops off the bough of weariness.
Passion is the elixir that renews:... more »
In the end, the mountains of imagination were nothing
but a house.
And this grand life of mine was nothing but an excuse.... more »
There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that
mine.... more »
In love, aside from sipping the wine of timelessness,
nothing else exists.
There is no reason for living except for giving one's life.... more »
I am part of the load
Not rightly balanced
I drop off in the grass,
like the old Cave-sleepers, to browse... more »
When I am asleep and crumbling in the tomb, should you come
to visit me, I will come forth with speed.
You are for me the blast of the trumpet and the resurrection,
so what shall I do? Dead or ...... more »
The ravings which my enemy uttered I heard within my heart;
the secret thoughts he harbored against me I also perceived.
His dog bit my foot, he showed me much injustice; I do not
bite him like ...... more »
I am a sculptor, a molder of form.
In every moment I shape an idol.
But then, in front of you, I melt them down... more »
Lord, what a Beloved is mine! I have a sweet quarry; I possess
in my breast a hundred meadows from his reed.
When in anger the messenger comes and repairs towards me,
he says, “Whither are you ...... more »
Weary not of us, for we are very beautiful; it is out of very jealousy and proper pride that we entered the veil.
On the day when we cast of the body’s veil from the soul, you will see that we are ...... more »
You who are not kept anxiously awake for love's sake, sleep on.
In restless search for that river, we hurry along;... more »
What hidden sweetness there is in this emptiness of the belly!
Man is surely like a lute, no more and no less;... more »
One day you will look back and laugh at yourself.
You'll say, ‘ I can't believe I was so asleep!... more »
Reason says, “ I will beguile him with the tongue.”; Love says,
“Be silent. I will beguile him with the soul.”
The soul says to the heart, “Go, do not laugh at me and yourself.
What is there ...... more »
My mother was fortune, my father generosity and bounty; I
am joy, son of joy, son of joy, son of joy.
Behold, the Marquis of Glee has attainted felicity; this city and
plain are filled with ...... more »
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there.... more »
In the prologue to the Masnavi Rumi hailed Love and its sweet madness that heals all infirmities, and he exhorted the reader to burst the bonds to silver and gold to be free. The Beloved is all in all...... more »
I was dead, then alive.
Weeping, then laughing.
The power of love came into me,... more »
Last night my soul cried, “O exalted sphere of Heaven, you hang indeed inverted, with flames in your belly.
“Without sin and crime, eternally revolving upon your body in its complaining is the ...... more »
Be with those who help your being.
Don't sit with indifferent people, whose breath
comes cold out of their mouths.
Not these visible forms, your work is deeper.
A chunk of dirt thrown in the air breaks to pieces.
If you don't try to fly,
and so break yourself apart,
you will be broken open by death,
when it's too late for all you could become.
Leaves get yellow. The tree puts out fresh roots
and makes them green.
Why are you so content with a love that turns you yellow?
The Khalifa said to Laila, "Art thou really she
For whom Majnun lost his head and went distracted?
Thou art not fairer than many other fair ones."
She replied, "Be silent; thou art not Majnun!"
If thou hadst Majnun's eyes,
The two worlds would be within thy view.
Thou art in thy senses, but Majnun is beside himself.