Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

(1207 - 1273 / Persia)

Be With Those Who Help Your Being

Poem by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

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?


Comments about Be With Those Who Help Your Being by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

  • Mamunur Rahman KayesMamunur Rahman Kayes (11/8/2019 2:00:00 AM)

    wow nice poem. I love the mab too much(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (6/23/2019 1:33:00 AM)

    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? /// love for you O great(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/28/2018 3:14:00 AM)

    O love come, come alone
    come, come and do not moan
    be with one
    one and one(Report)Reply

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  • Darshini.m (1/10/2018 8:41:00 AM)

    super ya(Report)Reply

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  • Upendra Upm (6/27/2017 6:09:00 AM)

    Robert Frost said, world will be destroyed not by fire, but by ice., ice of insouciance.
    So let us remain standing and welcome, cajole our people to be in perpetual readiness to work.(Report)Reply

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  • Signed Lonnie (4/3/2016 10:43:00 PM)

    Lovely poem. Serves for reevaluation.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (4/3/2016 6:20:00 PM)

    Be with those who help your being. I could have used hearing those words at different stages of my life. I suspect we all could have. But had we heard them, would we have heeded them? When I was young, I didn't have the wisdom to employ this saying into my life. I find that now that I am older, I still lack wisdom but this time the wisdom to recognize the difference between those who only appear to help your being and those who would really help your being.(Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (4/3/2016 7:39:00 AM)

    Good advice written centuries ago that still holds true today. No rhyme, but that's what happens with translations.(Report)Reply

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  • Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton (4/3/2016 5:57:00 AM)

    Don't hang with negative people, people that hold you back. Instead surround yourself with relationships that help you to become a better person. Rumi was a smart man.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/3/2016 1:09:00 AM)

    Changes! Leaves get yellow. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Neran Sati (10/13/2015 3:28:00 AM)

    To be fruitfull in life, be devoted. That path also requires a proper company.
    So, beware! - says Rumi here.(Report)Reply

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  • Charity NduhiuCharity Nduhiu (10/12/2015 1:27:00 AM)

    Why are you so content with a love that turns you yellow? you should be with those who help your being. Nice write(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (4/19/2015 10:16:00 AM)

    Beautifully articulated piece of poetry written with insight. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/29/2014 2:53:00 AM)

    Very interesting poem for inner awareness and leading a perfect life harmonious to all.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (3/9/2014 3:20:00 AM)

    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 kind word can go along ways....a kind deed even farther..(Report)Reply

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  • Kay Staley (2/8/2014 2:20:00 PM)

    Is it selfish to follow this advice and only grace your presence to those who help you? Maybe instead we should try to help others find their being and find our own that way. Maybe instead of taking we should only give. I regret that this poem doesn't have a semblance of a rhyme, but the words are clear and thought provoking.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010