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Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی) Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi (جلال‌الدین محمد بلخى)‎ (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273) was a Persian, philosopher, theologian, poet, teacher, and founder of the Mevlevi (or Mawlawi) order of Sufism; also known as Mevlana (Our Guide), Jalaluddin Rumi, or simply Rumi.

Here are 94 real Rumi quotes ordered by their popularity online. The most quoted quotes on the web appear first. Questionable and fake quotes are excluded. Sources and related information are shown after each quote. We hope you find these quotes useful. If there is anything we can do to improve this article, your feedback is welcome. If you find these quotes helpful, please share them.

1. “I can't stop pointing to the beauty. Every moment and place says, ‘Put this design in your carpet!’”

—Rumi

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Put This Design in Your Carpet" Ch. 11 : Union

2. “All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Who says words with my mouth?" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2

3. “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

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

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Source: As quoted in Marry Your Muse : Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity (1997) by Jan Phillips, p. 75

5. “You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life?”

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Source: As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul : Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 26

6. “He says, ‘There’s nothing left of me. I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise. Is it still a stone, or a world made of redness? It has no resistance to sunlight.’ This is how Hallaj said, I am God, and told the truth! The ruby and the sunrise are one. Be courageous and discipline yourself. Completely become hearing and ear, and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.”

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Source: As quoted in Head and Heart : A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred (2002) by Victor Mansfield

7. “This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say. I don't plan it. When I'm outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Who says words with my mouth?" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2

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

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Source: As quoted in Path for Greatness : Spiritualty at Work (2000) by Linda J. Ferguson, p. 51

9. “Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul? I cannot stop asking. If I could taste one sip of an answer, I could break out of this prison for drunks. I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way. Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Who says words with my mouth?" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2

10. “There is a community of the spirit Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and being the noise.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "A Community of the Spirit" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2

11. “That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”

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Source: Jewels of Remembrance (1996): Jewels of Remembrance : A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance : Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi (1996) Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski III, 4129

12. “Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absent-minded. Someone sober will worry about events going badly. Let the lover be.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 46

13. “Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more — more unseen forms become manifest to him.”

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Source: As quoted in The Sufi Path of Love : The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (1983) by William C. Chittick, p. 162

14. “God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

15. “Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "On Gambling" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 193

16. “Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

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17. “When in Love, body, mind, heart and soul don't even exist.”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

18. “Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end.”

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19. “This is a gathering of Lovers. In this gathering there is no high, no low, no smart, no ignorant, no special assembly, no grand discourse, no proper schooling required. There is no master, no disciple. This gathering is more like a drunken party, full of tricksters, fools, mad men and mad women. This is a gathering of Lovers.”

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20. “‘There's no courage’, The Prophet said, ‘before the war has begun.’ Drunkards vaunt their bravery when you speak of war. But in the blaze of battle they scatter like mice. I'm astonished by the man who wants purity And yet trembles when the harshness of polishing begin... When a man beats a carpet again and again It's not the carpet he's attacking, but the dirt in it.”

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Source: Teachings of Rumi (1999): Quotes from Teachings of Rumi (1999), as translated by Andrew Harvey Mathnawi

21. “Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.”

—Rumi

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson

22. “I always thought that I was me — but no, I was you and never knew it.”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

23. “Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

24. “Come to the orchard in Spring. There is light and wine, and sweethearts in the pomegranate flowers. If you do not come, these do not matter. If you do come, these do not matter.”

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25. “I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as plant and rose to animal, I died as animal and I was Man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying? Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar With angels blest; but even from angelhood I must pass on: all except God doth perish. '''When I have sacrificed my angel-soul, I shall become what no mind e'er conceived. Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence Proclaims in organ tones, ''To Him we shall return.'''''”

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Source and Related Info: "I Died as a Mineral", as translated in The Mystics of Islam (1914) edited by Reynold Alleyne Nicholson, p. 125
  • As quoted in Multimind (1986) by Robert Ornstein

26. “Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

27. “Quit acting like a wolf, and feel the shepherd's love filling you.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "A Community of the Spirit" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2

28. “Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson

29. “Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of more invisible game. Think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo. You might say, ‘The world outside is vast and intricate. There are wheatfields and mountain passes, and orchards in bloom. At night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding.’ You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up in the dark with eyes closed. Listen to the answer. There is no ‘other world.’ I only know what I've experienced. You must be hallucinating.”

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Source: As quoted in The Enlightened Mind (1991), edited by Stephen Mitchell

30. “The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize.”

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Source: As quoted in Rumi Wisdom: Daily Teachings from the Great Sufi Master (2000) by Timothy Freke

31. “If you wish mercy, show mercy to the weak.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

32. “Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence. Flow down and down in always widening rings of being.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "A Community of the Spirit" in Ch. 1 : The Tavern, p. 2

33. “What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Where are we?" in Ch. 2 : Bewilderment

34. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense.”

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Source and Related Info: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Great Wagon" Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 36
• Variant translations:
Between wrongness and rightness there is a field. I will meet you there.
 • As quoted in Counselling Psychology : Integration of Theory, Research and Supervised Practice (1998) by Petruska Clarkson
• Out beyond the world of ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
 • As quoted in Lightning in a Bottle : Proven Lessons for Leading Change (2000) by David H. Baum
• Out beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
 • As quoted in Architects of Peace : Visions of Hope in Words and Images (2002) by Michael Collopy, p. 109
Out beyond ideas of rightdoing
and wrongdoing
There is a field.
I will meet you there.

 • Strategic Learning in a Knowledge Economy : Individual, Collective and Organizational Learning Processes (2000) by Robert L. Cross and Sam B. Israelit

35. “Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart.”

—Rumi

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Source: Jewels of Remembrance (1996): Jewels of Remembrance : A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance : Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi (1996) Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski III, 2302-5

36. “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.”

—Rumi

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Source: Essential Sufism (1997): Essential Sufism (1997) by James Fadiman and Robert Frager

37. “Love is the ark appointed for the righteous, Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape. Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.”

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Source and Related Info: The Masnavi, Book IV, Story II, as translated in Masnavi I Ma'navi : The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí (1898) by Edward Henry Whinfield
  • As quoted in The Perennial Philosophy (1945) by Aldous Huxley

38. “Reason is like an officer when the King appears; The officer then loses his power and hides himself. Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.”

—Rumi

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Source: As translated in Masnavi I Ma'navi : The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí (1898) edited by Edward Henry Whinfield Book IV, Story IV : "Bayazid and his impious sayings when beside himself"

39. “I want a heart which is split, part by part, because of the pain of separation from God, so that I might explain my longing and complaint to it.”

—Rumi

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Source: As quoted in "Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi" by Fethullah Gülen in The Fountain #24 (July-September 2004)

40. “Fortunate is he who does not carry envy as a companion.”

—Rumi

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

41. “If you dig a pit for others to fall into, you will fall into it yourself.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

42. “The lion who breaks the enemy's ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

43. “Disputational knowing wants customers. It has no soul.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Sheikh who played with the Children" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 46

44. “Every object and being in the universe is a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty, a drop of the Tigris that cannot be contained by any skin. Every jarful spills and makes the earth more shining, as though covered in satin.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Gift of Water" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 200

45. “The cure for pain is in the pain. Good and bad are mixed. If you don't have both, you don't belong with us.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson Ch. 19 : Jesus Poems

46. “This that we are now created the body, cell by cell, like bees building a honeycomb. The human body and the universe grew from this, not this from the universe and the human body.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "This We Have Now" in Ch. 25 : Majesty. p. 262

47. “They will ask you what you have produced. Say to them, except for Love, what else can a Lover produce?”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

48. “There is a certain cloud, impregnated with a thousand lightnings. There is my body, in it an ocean formed of his glory, all the creation, all the universes, all the galaxies, are lost in it.”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

49. “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving — it doesn't matter, Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times, Come, come again, come.”

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Source and Related Info: As quoted in Sunbeams : A Book of Quotations (1990) by Sy Safransky, p. 67
• Variant translations:
Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire, come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times,
Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.

 • As quoted in Muslim Narratives and the Discourse of English (2004) by Amin Malak, p. 151
• Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of living, it doesn't matter
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come even if you have broken your vow a thousand times,
Come, yet again, come, come.
 • As quoted in Rumi and His Sufi Path of Love (2007) by M Fatih Citlak and Huseyin Bingul, p. 81
• Come, come again, whoever you are, come!
Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come!
Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times,
Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.
 • As quoted in Turkey: A Primary Source Cultural Guide (2004) by Martha Kneib

50. “The idol of your self is the mother of all idols. To regard the self as easy to subdue is a mistake.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

51. “Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

52. “Were there no men of vision, all who are blind would be dead.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

53. “If you are wholly perplexed and in straits, have patience, for patience is the key to joy.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

54. “Anyone in whom the troublemaking self has died, sun and cloud obey. If you wish to shine like day, burn up the night of self-existence. Dissolve in the Being who is everything.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

55. “There is no worse sickness for the soul, O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection. The heart and eyes must bleed a lot before self-complacency falls away.”

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56. “We talk about this and that. There’s no rest except on these branching moments.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Spring is Christ" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 38

57. “'''''There is no reality but God'', says the completely surrendered sheik, who is an ocean for all beings.'''”

—Rumi

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Grasses" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 44

58. “From Hallaj, I learned to hunt lions, but I became something hungrier than a lion.”

—Rumi

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Hallaj" Ch. 11 : Union

59. “The place that Solomon made to worship in, called the Far Mosque, is not built of earth and water and stone, but of intention and wisdom and mystical conversation and compassionate action.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Far Mosque" in Ch. 17 : Solomon Poems, p. 191

60. “Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river.When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk into the language-river. Listen to the ocean, and bring your talky business to an end Traditional words are just babbling in that presence, and babbling is a substitute for sight.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Three Fish" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 196

61. “You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Gift of Water" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 200

62. “Christ is the population of the world, and every object as well. There is no room for hypocrisy. Why use bitter soup for healing when sweet water is everywhere?”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson Ch. 19 : Jesus Poems, p. 204

63. “The miracle of Jesus is himself, not what he said or did about the future. Forget the future. I'd worship someone who could do that.”

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64. “Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation? What do you know of Love except the name? Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain, and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion. Since Love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal: it has no interest in a disloyal companion. The human being resembles a tree; its root is a covenant with God: that root must be cherished with all one's might.”

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Source: Jewels of Remembrance (1996): Jewels of Remembrance : A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance : Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi (1996) Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski

65. “Even though you're not equipped, keep searching: equipment isn't necessary on the way to the Lord.”

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Source: Jewels of Remembrance (1996): Jewels of Remembrance : A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance : Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi (1996) Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski III, 1445-49

66. “If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon, don't smile contemptuously upon its quest. Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft, wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?”

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67. “To Love is to reach God. Never will a Lover's chest feel any sorrow. Never will a Lover's robe be touched by mortals. Never will a Lover's body be found buried in the earth. To Love is to reach God.”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

68. “I don't know where I am. At times I plunge to the bottom of the sea, at times, rise up like the Sun. At times, the universe is pregnant by me, at times I give birth to it.”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

69. “I am so happy, I cannot be contained in the world; But like a spirit, I am hidden from the eyes of the world. If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me; For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.”

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Source: Divan 1740:1-3, as translated by Fatemeh Keshavarz in Reading Mystical Lyric : The Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi (1998)

70. “The men of God are like fishes in the ocean; they pop up into view on the surface here and there and everywhere, as they please.”

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Source: As quoted in "A feather on the breath of God" by Nur Elmessiri in Al-Ahram Weekly Online Issue No. 385 (9 - 15 July 1998)

71. “He whose intellect overcomes his desire is higher than the angels; he whose desire overcomes his intellect is less than an animal.”

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Source: As quoted in The Rumi Collection : An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (2000) by Kabir Helminski

72. “This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace to extract the silver from the dross. This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

73. “When the remedy you have offered only increases the disease, then leave him who will not be cured, and tell your story to someone who seeks the truth.”

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Source: Rumi Daylight (1990): Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance (1990) translations by Camille Adams Helminsk and Kabir Helminski

74. “Spring is Christ, Raising martyred plants from their shrouds. Their mouths open in gratitude, wanting to be kissed. The glow of the rose and the tulip means a lamp is inside. A leaf trembles. I tremble in the wind-beauty like silk from Turkestan. The censer fans into flame. This wind is the Holy Spirit. The trees are Mary.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Spring is Christ" in Ch. 4 : Spring Giddiness, p. 37

75. “This dance is the joy of existence. I am filled with you. Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul. There's no room for lack of trust, or trust. Nothing in this existence but that existence.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "We Three" Ch. 11 : Union

76. “This heart sanctuary does exist, but it can't be described. Why try! Solomon goes there every morning and gives guidance with words, with musical harmonies, and in actions, which are the deepest teaching. A prince is just a conceit until he does something with generosity.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Far Mosque" in Ch. 17 : Solomon Poems, p. 191

77. “Do not believe in an absurdity no matter who says it.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "The Three Fish" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 196

78. “Lovers think they are looking for each other, but there is only one search: wandering This world is wandering that, both inside one transparent sky. In here there is no dogma and no heresy.”

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79. “Learn from Ali how to fight without your ego participating. God's lion did nothing that didn't originate from his deep center.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Ali in Battle" an account of Ali ibn Abi Talib's explanation as to why he declined to kill someone who had spit in his face as Ali was defeating him in battle, in Ch. 20 : In Baghdad dreaming of Cairo

80. “I am God's Lion, not the lion of passion.... I have no longing except for the One. When a wind of personal reaction comes, I do not go along with it. There are many winds full of anger, and lust and greed. They move the rubbish around, but the solid mountain of our true nature stays where it's always been.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson "Ali in Battle" in Ch. 20 : In Baghdad dreaming of Cairo

81. “God's joy moved from unmarked box to unmarked box, from cell to cell.”

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Source: The Essential Rumi (1995): The Essential Rumi (1995) translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry and Reynold Nicholson

82. “When you see anyone complaining of such and such a person's ill-nature and bad temper, know that the complainant is bad-tempered, forasmuch as he speaks ill of that bad-tempered person, because he alone is good-tempered who is quietly forbearing towards the bad-tempered and ill-natured.”

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Source: Jewels of Remembrance (1996): Jewels of Remembrance : A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance : Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi (1996) Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski IV, 771-4

83. “Many have been led astray by the Qur'an: by clinging to that rope many have fallen into the well. There is no fault in the rope, O perverse man, for it was you who had no desire to reach the top.”

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Source: Jewels of Remembrance (1996): Jewels of Remembrance : A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance : Containing 365 Selections from the Wisdom of Rumi (1996) Translated by Camille and Kabir Helminski III, 4210-11

84. “The lower self does not want anyone to receive anything from anybody else, and if it is aware of something receiving a special boon, it seeks to destroy it.”

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Source: Essential Sufism (1997): Essential Sufism (1997) by James Fadiman and Robert Frager

85. “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.”

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Source: Essential Sufism (1997): Essential Sufism (1997) by James Fadiman and Robert Frager

86. “My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold. Every cell, taking wings, flies about the world. All seek separately the many faces of my Beloved.”

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Source: Hush Don't Say Anything to God (1999): Hush Don't Say Anything to God : Passionate Poems of Rumi (1999) as translated by Shahram Shiva

87. “A hundred souls cried out, but we are yours, we are yours, we are yours. You are the light that spoke to Moses and said I am God, I am God, I am God. I said Shams-e Tabrizi, who are you? He said, I am you, I am you, I am you.”

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88. “Even if you lose yourself in wrath for a hundred thousand years, at the end you will discover, it is me, who is the culmination of your dreams.”

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89. “Didn't I tell you not to be satisfied with the veil of this world? I am the master illusionist, it is me, who is the welcoming banner at the gate of your contentment.”

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90. “Didn't I tell you? I am an ocean, you are a fish; do not go to the dry land, it is me, who is your comforting body of water.”

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91. “Didn't I tell you? They will accuse you of all the wrongdoings, they will call you ugly names, they will make you forget it is me, who is the source of your happiness.”

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92. “The branch might seem like the fruit's origin: In fact, the branch exist because of the fruit.”

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Source: Teachings of Rumi (1999): Quotes from Teachings of Rumi (1999), as translated by Andrew Harvey Mathnawi

93. “پيل اندر خانه يي تاريک بود عرضه را آورده بودندش هنود از براي ديدنش مردم بسي اندر آن ظلمت همي شد هر کسي ديدنش با چشم چون ممکن نبود اندر آن تاريکي اش کف مي بسود آن يکي را کف به خرطوم اوفتاد گفت همچون ناودان است اين نهاد آن يکي را کف بر گوشش رسيد آن بر او چون بادبيزن شد پديد آن يکي را کف بر پايش بسود گفت شکل پيل ديدم چون عمود آن يکي بر پشت او بنهاد دست گفت خود اين پيل چون تختي بُدست هم چنين هر يک به جزوي که رسيد فهم آن مي کرد هر جا مي شنيد از نظرگه گفتشان شد مختلف آن يکي دالش لقب داد اين الف در کف هر کس اگر شمعي بدي اختلاف از گفتشان بيرون شدي چشم حس همچون کف دست است و بس نيست کف را بر همة او دسترس کف ديگر هست و دريا دگر کف رها کن از سر دريا نگر”

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Source and Related Info:  • Some Hindoos were exhibiting an elephant in a dark room, and many people collected to see it. But as the place was too dark to permit them to see the elephant, they all felt it with their hands, to gain an idea of what it was like. One felt its trunk, and declared that the beast resembled a water-pipe; another felt its ear, and said it must be a large fan; another its leg, and thought it must be a pillar; another felt its back, and declared the beast must be like a great throne. According to the part which each felt, he gave a different description of the animal. One, as it were, called it "Dal" and another "Alif."
If you give a candle to everyone, their differences will be gone,
Compare the sensual eye to the
hand of one that felt the elephant.
The eye of outward sense is as the palm of a hand,
The whole of the object is not grasped in the palm.
The sea itself is one thing, the foam another;
Neglect the foam, and regard the sea with your eyes.'''
 • The Masnavi, Book III, Story V, as translated in Masnavi I Ma'navi : The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí (1898) by Edward Henry Whinfield

94. “This is what is signified by the words Anā l-Ḥaqq, ‘I am God.’ People imagine that it is a presumptuous claim, whereas it is really a presumptuous claim to say Ana 'l-'abd, ‘I am the slave of God’; and Anā l-Ḥaqq, ‘I am God’ is an expression of great humility. The man who says Ana 'l-'abd, ‘I am the servant of God’ affirms two existences, his own and God's, but he that says Anā l-Ḥaqq, ‘I am God’ has made himself non-existent and has given himself up and says ‘I am God’, that is, ‘I am naught, He is all; there is no being but God's.’ This is the extreme of humility and self-abasement.'''”

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Source: Commenting on the famous expression of Mansur al-Hallaj, for which al-Hallaj was executed as a blasphemer, in The Mathnawí of Jalálu'ddín Rúmí, Vol. 4, part 7, edited by Reynold Alleyne Nicholson (1940) p. 248

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