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Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Rumi quotes page 1

September 30, 1207 to December 17, 1273; Mawlana Rumi is considered to be one of the most important Persian writers, theologians, and philosophers of all time. Indeed, many of his writings and teachings have been translated into many other languages around the world. It is believed that he was born in a village named Wakhsh which was part of the province named Balkh. At the time of Rumi's birth, Greater Balkh was a major culture center for the Persian empire. The religious instruction and teaching that he received growing up shaped his career as a teacher himself. The four years that he spent learning under Shams-e Tabrizi changed him from a successful teacher into an ascetic. His writings were based on the philosophy of using poetry, dance, and music as a path for greater commune with God. In fact, his teachings are considered to be the basis of a ritualistic and physically active meditation method known as whirling Dervishes. His philosophical principles included spiritual evolution in the form of reincarnation. Many people consider his philosophy and theology to be inclusive and very-well expressed. Upon his death, he was buried next to his father and the shrine that was built to honor him has become a pilgrimage destination. The legacy of Mawlana Rumi is in the poetry and music that still exists in the majority of classical Iranian and Afghan musical styles. In contemporary settings, his poems, universal and harmonious, can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen temples and even in art/performance/music pieces.

Don't allow your animal nature to rule your reason.
Rumi

If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
Rumi 

We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.
Rumi

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.
Rumi

Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.
Rumi

Every moment I shape my destiny with a chisel, I am a carpenter of my own soul.
Rumi

Love is our steady guide on this road full of hardships.
Rumi

Have you ever gotten breathless before from a beautiful face, for i see you there, my dear.
Rumi

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.
Rumi

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.
Rumi

The heart is cooking a pot of food for you. Be patient until it is cooked.
Rumi

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

Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty.
Rumi

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
Rumi

Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of what you truly love.
Rumi

Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Rumi

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

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
Rumi

Travel brings power and love back into your life.
Rumi

Be like melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
Rumi

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.
Rumi

Truth lifts the heart, like water refreshes thirst.
Rumi

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.
Rumi

Are you fleeing from love because of a single humiliation? What do you know of love except
the name?
Rumi

Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and
death.
Rumi

Let us fall in love again and scatter gold dust all over the world.
Rumi

You wander from room to room. Hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your
neck.
Rumi

Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.
How do they learn it?
They fall and falling,
they're given wings.
Rumi

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

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.
Rumi

The prophets accept all agony and trust it. For the water has never feared the fire.
Rumi

Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure.
Rumi

When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you're not here, I can't go to sleep. Praise
God for those two insomnias. And the difference between them.
Rumi

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

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

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