Rumi in English


Rumi Quotes, Rumi Love Quotes, Rumi Poems

Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. Rumi

Love is the Water of Life.
Rumi

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Rumi

Because of love
I have become
the giver of light.
Rumi

It is Love that holds everything together, and it is the everything also.
Rumi

I am your moon and your moonlight too
I am your flower garden and your water too
I have come all this way, eager for you
Without shoes or shawl
I want you to laugh
To kill all your worries
To love you
To nourish you.
Rumi

Speak a new language
so that the world
will be a new world.
Rumi

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

There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
the touch of spirit on the body.
Rumi

I am in Love with Love
and Love is in love with me.
My body is in Love with the soul
and the soul is in Love with my body.
I opened my arms to Love
and Love embraced me like a lover.
Rumi

Gamble everything for love,
if you’re a true human being.
Rumi

Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.
Rumi

The way you make love
is the way God will be with you.
Rumi

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

Oh, my friend,
all that you see of me
is just a shell,
and the rest belongs to love.
Rumi

This divine love,
beckons us
to a world beyond
only lovers can see
with their eyes of fiery passion.
Rumi

Dear God,
Let all Lovers be content
Give them happy endings
Let their lives be celebration
Let their hearts dance in the fire of your Love.
Rumi

The lover is a king above all kings,
unafraid of death, not at all interested in a golden crown.
The dervish has a pearl concealed under his patched cloak.
Why should he go begging door to door?
Rumi

Whatever pearl you seek,
look for the pearl within the pearl!
Rumi

Only from the heart Can you touch the sky.
Rumi

Through Love all that is bitter will be sweet
Through Love all that is copper will be gold.
Through Love all dregs will turn to purest wine
Through Love all pain will turn to medicine.
Through Love the dead will all become alive.
Through Love the king will turn into a slave!
Rumi

The moon has become a dancer
at this festival of love.
Rumi

Love is the One who masters all things;
I am mastered totally by Love.
Rumi

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

From the beginning of my life, I have been looking for your face,
but today, I’ve seen it.
Today I have seen the charm, the beauty, the unfathomable
grace of the face that I was looking for.
Rumi

I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty and wish
to see you with a hundred eyes.
Rumi

My heart has burned with passion and has searched forever for
this wondrous beauty that I now behold.
Rumi

Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river.
Rumi

Know that my beloved is hidden from everyone
Know that she is beyond the belief of all beliefs
Know that in my heart she is as clear as the MOON
Know that she is the life in my body and in my soul.
Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Rumi

You must marry your soul. That wedding is the way.
Rumi

You knock at the door of Reality.
You shake your thought-wings, loosen
your shoulders
and open.
Rumi

There is something in us
That has nothing to do with night and day,
Diamonds which come from no earthly mine.
Rumi

If the sun were not in love, he would have no brightness,
the side of the hill no grass on it.
The ocean would come to rest somewhere.
Rumi

This is the prayer of each:
You are the source of my life.
You separate essence from mud.
You honor my soul.
You bring rivers from the
mountain springs.
You brighten my eyes.
The wine you offer
takes me out of myself
into the self we share.
Doing that is religion.
Rumi

I was you
and never knew it.
Rumi

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

Everything in the universe is within you.
Ask all from 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.
In the end, to take a step without feet.
Rumi
Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving, 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.
Rumi
Inscribed on Rumi’s shrine in Konya, Turkey.

The heart has its own language.
The heart knows a hundred thousand
ways to speak.
Rumi

Heart and love have become friends.
Rumi

Wherever you are,
and whatever you do,
be in love.
Rumi

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

The universe and the light of the stars come through me.
Rumi

And from beyond the intellect, beautiful Love
comes dragging her skirts, a cup of wine in her hand.
Rumi

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.
Rumi

This outward Spring and garden are a reflection of the inward garden.
Rumi

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

The fault is in the one who blames. Spirit sees nothing to criticize.
Rumi

The ruby and the sunrise are one.
Rumi

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.
Rumi

Friends are enemies sometimes, and enemies friends.
Rumi

The beauty of the heart
is the lasting beauty:
its lips give to drink
of the water of life.
Rumi

Love said to me,
there is nothing that is not me.
Be silent.
Rumi

I worship the moon.
Tell me of the soft glow of a
candle light
and the sweetness of my moon.
Rumi

Oh Beloved,
take me.
Liberate my soul.
Fill me with your love and
release me from the two worlds.
If I set my heart on anything but you
let fire burn me from inside.
Oh Beloved,
take away what I want.
Take away what I do.
Take away what I need.
Take away everything
that takes me from you.
Rumi

In the early dawn of happiness
you gave me three kisses
so that I would wake up
to this moment of love.
Rumi

Love is that that never sleeps, nor even rests,
nor stays for long with those that do.
Love is language that cannot be said,
or heard.
Rumi

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

There is no salvation for the soul
but to fall in Love.
Only lovers can escape
out of these two worlds.
This was ordained in creation.
Only from the heart
can you reach the sky:
The Rose of Glory
can grow only from the heart.
Rumi

There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine.
O traveler, if you are in search of that
Don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.
Rumi

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

God turns you from one feeling to another
And teaches by the means of opposites,
so that you will have two wings to fly,
Not one.
Rumi

Sit only under a tree
that is full of blossoms.
Rumi

Become the Light.
Rumi

The idol of your self is the mother of all idols.
Rumi

If you wish mercy, show mercy to the weak.
Rumi

If you dig a pit for others to fall into,
you will fall into it yourself.
Rumi

No mirror ever became iron again;
No bread ever became wheat;
No ripened grape ever became sour fruit.
Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse.
Become the light.
Rumi

We rarely hear the inward music,
but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless
directed by the one who teaches us,
the pure joy of the sun,
our music master.
Rumi

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.
Rumi

But knowing depends
on the time spent looking!
Rumi

Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.
Rumi

There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
Rumi

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Rumi

I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
it’s darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you’ve never seen the face.
Rumi
In the orchard and rose garden
I long to see your face.
In the taste of Sweetness
I long to kiss your lips.
In the shadows of passion
I long for your love.
Rumi

You are the Essence of the Essence,
The intoxication of Love.
I long to sing your praises
but stand mute
with the agony of wishing in my heart.
Rumi

Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Rumi

The real beloved is your beginning and your end.
When you find that one,
you’ll no longer expect anything else.
Rumi

Of the book of God
Thou art a copying,
A mirror, wherein showed
The beauty of the King.
All God ever wrought
Dwelleth not apart;
All thou hast ever sought,
Find it in thy heart.
Rumi

Those who don’t feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don’t drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don’t want to change,
let them sleep.
Rumi

With
passion pray. With
passion work. With passion make love.
With passion eat and drink and dance and play.
Why look like a dead fish
in this ocean
of
God?
Rumi

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
Rumi

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.
Rumi

The Lover comes, the Lover comes!
Open the way for him!
He’s looking for a heart,
Let’s show him one.
I scream
“What you come to hunt is me!”
He says laughingly,
‘I’m here not to hunt you but to save you.’
Rumi

Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you’re perfectly free.
Rumi

From the beginning of my life
I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it
Today I have seen
the charm, the beauty,
the unfathomable grace
of the face
that I was looking for.
Rumi

I am bewildered by the magnificence of your beauty,
and wish to see you with a hundred eyes.
I am in the house of mercy,
and my heart is a place of prayer.
Rumi

In my vertigo, in my dizziness, in my drunken haze,
whirling and dancing like a spinning wheel,
I saw myself as the source of existence,
I was there at the beginning and I was the spirit of love.
Rumi

But learn
this custom
from the flower:
silence
your tongue.
Rumi

The garden of Love is green without limit
and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy.
Love is beyond either condition:
without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.
Rumi

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

Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.
If it were always a fist or always stretched open,
you would be paralyzed.
Your deepest presence
is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated
as bird wings.
Rumi

Your bright face is my day
Your dark curls bring the night
If you do not let me near you
I promise not go to sleep nor rise
Your magnificence has made me a wonder
Your charm has taught me the way of love
I am the progeny of Abraham
I’ll find my way through fire.
Rumi

In the body of the world, they say, there is a soul
and you are that.
Rumi

I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life.
Now my loving is running toward my life shouting,
What a bargain, let’s buy it.
Rumi

Late by myself, in the boat by myself
No light and no land anywhere
cloud cover thick, I try to stay
just above the surface, but I am already under
and living in the ocean of your love.
Rumi

Since I was cut from the reedbed,
I have made this crying sound.
Anyone apart from someone he loves
understands what I say.
Anyone pulled from a source
longs to go back.
Rumi

Is it your face
that adorns the garden?
Is it your fragrance
that intoxicates this garden?
Is it your spirit
that has made this brook
a river of wine?
Rumi

To Love is to reach God.
Rumi

There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
Rumi

A rose’s rarest essence lives in the thorn.
Rumi

There are amazing things in the ocean,
and there is one who is the ocean.
Rumi

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Rumi

There is no Love greater than Love with no object.
For then you, yourself, have become love itself.
Rumi

Because of your love
I have lost my sobriety
I am intoxicated
by the madness of love.
Rumi

In the garden
I see only your face
From trees and blossoms
I inhale only your fragrance.
Rumi

Drunk with the ecstasy of love
I can no longer tell the difference
betweeen drunkard and drink
Between lover and Beloved.
Rumi

That’s how you came here, like a star
without a name. Move across the night sky
with those anonymous lights.
Rumi

Because the idol is your face,
I have become an idolater.
Because the wine is from your cup,
I’ve become a drunkard.
In the existence of your love,
I have become non-existent.
This non-existence, linked to you,
is better than all existence.
Rumi

Many hearts have sought refuge from this love,
but it drags and pulls them to its own refuge.
Rumi
Love so needs to love,
that it will endure almost anything,
even abuse,
just to flicker for a moment.
Rumi

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?
Rumi

Are you searching for the river of your soul?
Then come out of your prison.
Leave the stream
and join the river
that flows into the ocean.
Rumi

Love is reckless; not reason.
Reason seeks a profit.
Having died of self-interest,
Love risks everything and asks for nothing.
Rumi

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
they’re in each other all along.
Rumi

My place is the Placeless, my trace is Traceless,
‘Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved
Rumi

You were born with potential
You were born with goodness and trust
You were born with ideals and dreams
You were born with greatness
You were born with wings
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings
Learn to use them, and fly.
Rumi

I long to escape the prison of my ego
and lose myself in you.
Rumi

A moment of happiness,
you and I sitting on the verandah,
apparently two, but one in soul, you and I.
We feel the flowing water of life here,
you and I, with the garden’s beauty
and the birds singing.
Rumi

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.
Rumi

From the clear center of my heart
there are no edges to my loving you
I’ve heard it said there’s a window that opens
from one mind to another
but if there were no wall,
what need of installing a window?
Rumi

If the wind had taken me to you,
I would have held tight to the skirts of the wind.
I miss you so much that I would fly to you faster than a bird;
But how can a bird with a clipped wing fly?
Rumi

There comes a holy
and transparent time
when every touch
of beauty
opens the heart
to tears.
This is the time
the Beloved of heaven
is brought tenderly on earth.
This is the time
of the opening
of the Rose.
Rumi

Remember any night of all of our nights
but don’t remember things I’ve said.
Rumi

What was whispered to the rose
To break it open
Last night
Was whispered to my heart.
Rumi

Stop learning.
Start knowing.
The rose opens
And opens
And when it falls
Falls outward.
Rumi

Silence
You are the diamond in me
the Jewel of my real wealth!
From your soft earth
grow thousands
of rose gardens
whose perfumes
drown me
in my heart.
Rumi

I was dead
I came alive
I was tears
I became laughter
all because of love.
Rumi

love said
you are a candle
attracting everyone
gathering every one
around you.
Rumi

love said
you already have
your own wings
I will not give you
more feathers.
Rumi

My heart is burning with love
All can see this flame
My heart is pulsing with passion
like waves on an ocean.
Rumi

I’m at home wherever I am
And in the room of lovers
I can see with closed eyes
the beauty that dances.
Rumi

Behind the veils
intoxicated with love
I too dance the rhythm
of this moving world
I have lost my senses
in my world of lovers.
Rumi

Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity.
The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death.
Tomorrow, when resurrection comes,
The heart that is not in love will fail the test.
Rumi

Suddenly the drunken sweetheart appeared out of my door.
She drank a cup of ruby wine and sat by my side.
Seeing and holding the lockets of her hair
My face became all eyes, and my eyes all hands.
Rumi

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

I have phrases and whole pages memorized,
but nothing can be told of love.
You must wait until you and I
are living together.
In the conversation we’ll have
then…be patient…then.
Rumi

When the sweet glance of my true love caught my eyes,
Like alchemy, it transformed my copper-like soul.
I searched for Him with a thousand hands,
He stretched out His arms and clutched my feet.#
Rumi

There is a smile and a gentleness
inside. When I learned the name
and address of that, I went to where
you sell perfume. I begged you not
to trouble me so with longing. Come
out and play! Flirt more naturally.
Teach me how to kiss. On the ground
a spread blanket, flame that’s caught
and burning well, cumin seeds browning,
I am inside all of this with my soul.
Rumi

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy,
absentminded. Someone sober
will worry about things going badly.
Let the lover be.
Rumi

When your chest is free of your limiting ego,
Then you will see the ageless Beloved.
You can not see yourself without a mirror;
Look at the Beloved, He is the brightest mirror.
Rumi

We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity.
We are pain and what cures pain both.
We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.
Rumi

I want to hold you close like a lute so we can cry out with loving.
You would rather throw stones at a mirror?
I am your mirror, and here are the stones.
Rumi

You bewilder us with your grace,
all evils transformed into goodness.
You are the master alchemist.
You light the fire of love in Earth and Sky,
in heart and soul of every being.
Through your loving,
existence and non-existence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane becomes sacred again.
Rumi

When it’s cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.
And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.
The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.
I can’t explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,
and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.
Rumi

When you find yourself with the Beloved, embracing for one breath,
In that moment you will find your true destiny.
Alas, don’t spoil this precious moment
Moments like this are very, very rare.
Rumi

And just the moment
when you are all confused
leaps forth a voice
hold me close
I’m love and
I’m always yours.
Rumi
Both light and shadow are the dance of Love.
Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.
Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.
Every moment is made glorious by the light of Love.
Rumi

A lover knows only humility, he has no choice.
He steals into your alley at night, he has no choice.
He longs to kiss every lock of your hair, don’t fret,
he has no choice.
In his frenzied love for you, he longs to break the chains of his imprisonment,
he has no choice.
Rumi

A lover asked his beloved: Do you love yourself more than you love me?
Beloved replied: I have died to myself and I live for you.
I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes, I am present only for you.
I’ve forgotten all my learnings, but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar.
I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able.
I love myself…I love you.
I love you…I love myself.
Rumi

I am your lover, come to my side, I will open the gate to your love.
Come settle with me, let us be neighbors to the stars.
You have been hiding so long, endlessly drifting in the sea of my love.
Even so, you have always been connected to me.
Concealed, revealed, in the unknown, in the un-manifest.
I am life itself. You have been a prisoner of a little pond,
I am the ocean and its turbulent flood. Come merge with me,
leave this world of ignorance. Be with me, I will open the gate to your love.
Rumi

You have been a prisoner of a little pond, I am the ocean and its turbulent flood.
Come merge with me, leave this world of ignorance.
Be with me, I will open the gate to your love.
Rumi

I desire you more than food or drink.
My body my senses my mind hunger for your taste.
I can sense your presence in my heart although you belong to all the world.
I wait with silent passion for one gesture one glance from you.
Rumi

I am so small I can barely be seen.
How can this great love be inside me?
Look at your eyes. They are small,
But they see enormous things.
Rumi

Oh lovers, where are you going?
Who are you looking for?
Your beloved is right here.
She lives in your own neighborhood.
Her face is veiled.
She hides behind screens calling for you,
while you search and lose yourself
in the wilderness and the desert.
Cease looking for flowers,
there blooms a garden in your own home.
While you go looking for trinkets,
your treasure house awaits you
in your own being.
There is no need for suffering, God is here!
Rumi

In love…nothing is eternal, but drinking your wine.
There is no reason for bringing my life to you,
other than losing it. I said, I just want to know you,
and then disappear. She said, knowing me does not mean dying.
Rumi

This is how I would die into the love I have for you:
As pieces of cloud dissolve in Sunlight.
Rumi

Look at me and hear me,
because I am here…
just for that!
Rumi

Oh God! I have discovered love!
How marvelous! How good!
How beautiful it is! My body is warm from the heat of this love.
Rumi

In love, nothing is eternal but drinking your wine,
There is no reason for bringing my life to you,
other then losing it.
I said ‘I just want to know you, and then disappear’
She said,”Knowing me does not mean dying”
Rumi

The moon has become a dancer
at this festival of love.
This dance of light,
This sacred blessing,
This divine love,
beckons us
to a world beyond
only lovers can see
with their eyes of fiery passion.
They are the chosen ones
who have surrendered.
Once they were particles of light
now they are the radiant sun.
They have left behind
the world of deceitful games.
They are the privileged lovers
who create a new world
with their eyes of burning passion.
Rumi

My heart is on fire
In my madness I roam the desert
The flames of my passion
devour the wind and the sky
My cries of longing
My wails of sorrow
Are tormenting my soul
You wait patiently
Looking into my intoxicated eyes
You accept my passion
with the serenity of Love
You are the Master of Existence
One day I shall be a Lover like You
Rumi

Since you will come
and throw kisses
at my tombstone later
why not give them to me now
this is me
that same person.
Rumi

The sky was lit
by the splendor of the moon
So powerful
I fell to the ground
Your love
has made me sure
I am ready to forsake
this worldly life
and surrender to the magnificence
of your Being.
Rumi

Oh lovers, where are you going?
Who are you looking for?
Your beloved is right here.
Rumi

Cease looking for flowers,
there blooms a garden in your own home.
Rumi

My love for you has driven me insane
I wander aimlessly the ruins of my life, my old self a stranger to me
Because of your love I have broken with my past
My longing for you keeps me in this moment My passion gives me courage
I look for you in my innermost being.
Rumi

Die, die, die in this love.
If you die in this love your soul will be renewed.
Rumi

You come to us from another world
From beyond the stars and void of space.
Transcendent. Pure. Of unimaginable beauty.
Bringing with you the essence of Love.
You transform all who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns, troubles and sorrows
Dissolve in your presence.
Bringing joy to ruler and ruled. To peasant and king.
Rumi

Tonight is a night of union for the stars and of scattering,
scattering, since a bride is coming from the skies, consisting of a full moon.
Rumi

You amuse me with your touch
although I can’t see your hands.
You have kissed me with tenderness
although I haven’t seen your lips
You are hidden from me.
But it is you who keeps me alive
Perhaps the time will come
when you will tire of kisses
I shall be happy
even for insults from you
I only ask that you
keep some attention on me.
Rumi

Thirst drove me down to the water
where I drank the moon’s reflection.
Rumi

The agony of lovers
burns with the fire of passion.
Lovers leave traces of where they’ve been.
The wailing of broken hearts
is the doorway to God.
Rumi

The wine we really drink is our own blood.
Our bodies ferment in these barrels.
We give everything for a glass of this.
We give our minds for a sip.
Rumi

My sweet heart,
you have aroused my passion,
your touch has filled me with desire,
I am no longer separate from you,
these are precious moments,
I beseech you,
don’t let me wait,
let me merge with you.
Rumi

Come to the orchid 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.
Rumi

I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story.
My place is the placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one
and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing human being.
Rumi

I was a tiny bug. Now a mountain. I was left behind. Now honored at the head. You healed my wounded hunger and anger, and made me a poet who sings about joy.
Rumi

Nightingales are put in cages
because their songs give pleasure.
Whoever heard of keeping a crow?
Rumi

Most people guard against going into the fire, and so end up in it.
Rumi

Pale sunlight,
pale the wall.
Love moves away.
The light changes.
I need more grace
than I thought.
Rumi

I burn each second of my life to love,
Each second of my life burns out, in love,
In each leaping second, love lives afresh.
Rumi

I have a thirsty fish in me
that can never find enough
of what it’s thirsty for!
Rumi

A house of love with no limits,
a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon,
a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart.
Rumi

We are the night ocean filled
With glints of light. We are the space
Between the fish and the moon,
While we sit here together.
Rumi

I’ve torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.
If you’re not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,
and sleep.
Rumi

There is only one way to win him,
this Beloved of mine -
Become his.
Rumi

The springtime of Lovers has come,
that this dust bowl may become a garden;
the proclamation of heaven has come,
that the bird of the soul may rise in flight.
The sea becomes full of pearls,
the salt marsh becomes sweet as kauthar,
the stone becomes a diamond from the mine,
the body becomes wholly soul.
Rumi

With Your sweet Soul, this soul of mine
has merged as water does with wine.
Who can part the water from the wine,
or me from You when we combine?
You have become my greater self;
how can smallness limit me?
You’ve taken on my being,
how shall I not take on Yours?
Forever, You have claimed me
that forever I may know You’re mine.
Rumi
Your love has pierced me to the depths,
its ecstasy entwines both bone and nerve.
Rumi

O Sun, fill our house once more with light!
Make happy all your friends and blind your foes!
Rise from behind the hill, transform the stones
To rubies and the sour grapes to wine!
O Sun, make our vineyard fresh again,
And fill the steppes with houris and green cloaks!
Physician of the lovers, heaven’s lamp!
Rescus the lovers! Help the suffering!
Show but your face – the world is filled with light!
But if you cover it, it’s the darkest night!
Rumi

I said,
‘O sweet beloved,
you are the refuge of my soul.’
He said, ‘If you belong to me,
don’t talk of your own soul.’
I said, ‘Why do you cut me
with your sharp words?’
He said, ‘My words wouldn’t hurt you
if you weren’t in love with yourself.’
Rumi

Beating your wings and feathers,
you broke free from this cage.
Rising up to the sky
you attained the world of the soul.
Rumi

O heart, what a wonderful bird you are.
Seeking divine heights,
Flapping your wings,
you smashed the pointed spears of your enemy.
Rumi

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
Rumi

never lose hope
when the Beloved
sends you away.
If you’re abandoned
if you’re left hopeless
tomorrow for sure
you’ll be called again.
If the door is shut
right in your face
keep waiting with patience
don’t leave right away.
Seeing your patience
your love will soon
summon you with grace
raise you like a champion.
Rumi

Should Love’s heart rejoice unless I burn?
For my heart is Love’s dwelling.
If You will burn Your house, burn it, Love!
Who will say, ‘It’s not allowed’?
Burn this house thoroughly!
The lover’s house improves with fire.
From now on I will make burning my aim,
From now on I will make burning my aim,
for I am like the candle: burning only makes me brighter.
Abandon sleep tonight; traverse fro one night
the region of the sleepless.
Look upon these lovers who have become distraught
and like moths have died in union with the One Beloved.
Look upon this ship of God’s creatures
and see how it is sunk in Love.
Rumi

Sometimes I wonder, sweetest love, if you
Were a mere dream in along winter night,
A dream of spring-days, and of golden light
Which sheds its rays upon a frozen heart;
A dream of wine that fills the drunken eye.
And so I wonder, sweetest love, if I
Should drink this ruby wine, or rather weep;
Each tear a bezel with your face engraved,
A rosary to memorize your name…
There are so many ways to call you back-
Yes, even if you only were a dream.
Rumi

Once a beloved asked her lover: ‘Friend,
You have seen many places in the world!
Now – which of all these cities was the best?’
He said: ‘The city where my sweetheart lives!’
Rumi

From myself I am copper,
through You, friend, I am gold.
From myself I’m a stone, but
through You I am a gem!
Rumi

Lover whispers to my ear,
‘Better to be a prey than a hunter.
Make yourself My fool.
Stop trying to be the sun and become a speck!
Dwell at My door and be homeless.
Don’t pretend to be a candle, be a moth,
so you may taste the savor of Life
and know the power hidden in serving.’
Rumi

I believe in love
I swear by love
believe me my love
how long
like a prisoner of grief
can I beg for mercy.
Rumi

Show me your face
I crave
flowers and gardens
open your lips
I crave
the taste of honey
come out from
behind the clouds
I desire a sunny face.
Rumi

in every breath
if you’re the center
of your own desires
you’ll lose the grace
of your beloved
but if in every breath
you blow away
your self claim
the ecstasy of love
will soon arrive.
Rumi

in every breath
if you’re the center
of your own thoughts
the sadness of autumn
will fall on you
but if in every breath
you strip naked
just like a winter
the joy of spring
will grow from within.
Rumi

all your unfulfilled desires
are from your greed
for gain of fulfillments
let go of them all
and they will be sent as gifts.
Rumi

fall in love with
the agony of love
not the ecstasy
then the beloved
will fall in love with you.
Rumi

A true Lover doesn’t follow any one religion,
be sure of that.
Since in the religion of Love,
there is no irreverence or faith.
When in Love,
body, mind, heart and soul don’t even exist.
Become this,
fall in Love,
and you will not be separated again.
Rumi

Before coming to this world we were in heaven.
We were friends of the angels.
There is our real homeland, and we will return to it.
Rumi

I will soothe you and heal you.
I will bring you roses. I too have been covered with thorns.
Rumi

You twist my heart, dwell in my mind
and fill my eyes, you are my joy
I can’t be without you.
You are my sleep, my rest, the water I drink.
You are my clarity, my dignity, my world
I can’t be without you.
Rumi

Your fragrant breath
like the morning breeze
has come to the stillness of the garden
You have breathed new life into me.
Rumi

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

The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart.
Rumi

In truth everything and everyone
Is a shadow of the Beloved,
And our seeking is His seeking
And our words are His words…
We search for Him here and there,
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side, we ask:
‘O Beloved, where is the Beloved?’
Rumi

He is a letter to everyone. You open it. It says, ‘Live!’
Rumi

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

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.
Rumi

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.
Rumi

I bow to you for the dust of your feet
Is the crown on my head
And as I walk towards you
Every step I take is a blessing.
Rumi
Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening.
Rumi

O tongue, you are an endless treasure. O tongue, you are also an endless disease.
Rumi

The intelligent desire self-control; children want candy.
Rumi

Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them. As the Prophet said, ‘The faithful are mirrors to one another.’
Rumi

Whoever gives reverence receives reverence.
Rumi

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

Dissolve in the Being who is everything.
Rumi

There is no worse sickness for the soul,
O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.
Rumi

The world’s flattery and hypocrisy is a sweet morsel: eat less of it, for it is full of fire. Its fire is hidden while its taste is manifest, but its smoke becomes visible in the end.
Rumi

How should Spring bring forth a garden on hard stone? Become earth, you may grow flowers of many colors. For you have been a heart-breaking rock. Once, for the sake of experiment, be earth!
Rumi

O heart, if you want to join us,
raise yourself
to the dome of the inner sky
Enter the fortress that no one can break.
Rumi

Why should I be weary
when every cell of my body is bursting with life?
Why should I be a donkey’s slave
when I ride upon a magical horse?
Why should I be less than the Moon
when there are no scorpions at my feet?
Why should I stay at the bottom of a well
when a strong rope is in my hand?
Rumi

I am the rays of the Sun
dancing through the windows of every house.
Rumi

I am the glorious Sun,
the ocean laden with pearls.
Within my heart is the grandeur of heaven.
Rumi

The truth of what you see
is written all over your face!
Rumi

I come to you without me, come to me without you.
Self is the thorn in the sole of the soul.
Merge with others,
If you stay in self, you are a grain, you are a drop,
If you merge with others, you are an ocean, you are a mine.
Rumi

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or the next,
did not descend from Adam or Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.
Rumi

I drank that wine of which the soul is its vessel. Its ecstacy has stolen my intellect away. A light came and kindled a flame in the depth of my soul. A light so radiant that the sun orbits around it like a butterfly.
Rumi

In generosity and helping others be like a river.
In compassion and grace be like sun.
In concealing others’ faults be like night.
In anger and fury be like dead.
In modesty and humility be like earth.
In tolerance be like a sea.
Either exist as you are or be as you look.
Rumi

Let silence take you to the core of life.
Rumi

The soil is faithful to its trust: whatever
you have sown in it, you reap the same.
But until springtime brings the touch of God,
the soil does not reveal its secrets.
Rumi

He breathes into my ear
until my soul
takes on His fragrance.
He is the soul of my soul.
Rumi

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window
The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.
Rumi

Go my friend
Bestow your love
Even on your foes
If you touch their hearts
What do you think will happen.
Rumi

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

In the midst of making form, love
made this form that melts form,
with love for the door,
soul the vestibule.
Rumi

Watch the dust grains moving
in the light near the window.
their dance is our dance.
Rumi

I have died many times, but your breath
made me alive again.
Rumi

I am the Spirit Moon
with no place.
You do not see me for I am hidden
inside the soul.
Rumi

I am the garden of all gardens
I speak as the King of all flowers
I am the spring of all waters.
My words are like a ship and the sea
is their meaning.
Come to me and I will take you
to the depths of spirit.
Rumi

My soul is screaming in ecstasy
Every fiber of my being
is in love with you
Your effulgence
has lit a fire in my heart.
Rumi

My arrow of love
has arrived at the target
I am in the house of mercy
and my heart
is a place of prayer.
Rumi

No longer a stranger, you listen all day to these crazy love-words. Like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey, though yours is a long flight from here.
Rumi

A thorn in the foot is hard to find.
What about a thorn in the heart?
If everyone saw the thorn in his heart,
when would sorrow gain the upper hand?
Rumi

Don’t take a wooden sword into battle. Go, find one of steel; then march forward with joy.
Rumi

Love, the life-giving garden of this world.
Rumi
Wherever Beauty looks,
Love is also there.
Rumi

Beauty and Love are as body and soul.
Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond.
They have together
since the beginning of time-
Side by side, step by step.
Rumi

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.
Rumi

Patience is the key to joy.
Rumi

You think the shadow is the substance.
Rumi

That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.
Rumi

People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.
Rumi

One need not worry or fret about any secret magic to begin to unlock her inner soul. It will respond to the one who seeks it.
Rumi

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

In your light
I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you.
Rumi

With every breath
I plant the seeds of devotion -
I am a farmer of the heart.
Rumi

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

O Love, O pure deep Love, be here, be now,
Be all – worlds dissolve into your
stainless endless radiance,
Frail living leaves burn with your brighter
than cold stares –
Make me your servant, your breath, your core.
Rumi

Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.
Rumi

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
I can rouse a hundred forms
and fill them with spirit,
but when I look into your face,
I want to throw them in the fire.
Rumi

My souls spills into yours and is blended.
Because my soul has absorbed your fragrance,
I cherish it.
Rumi

I merge with my Beloved
when I participate in love.
Rumi

In this house of mud and water,
my heart has fallen to ruins.
Enter this house, my Love,
or let me leave.
Rumi

Because your sighs
have fermented my blood
I need no wine.
Rumi

I begin the Night Journey in your eyes
toward the wild desert fragrance
I longed for all day.
Rumi

We are each others’ search
for what’s between our mirrors.
Rumi

On the wick of your eye, you lit me:
I danced out in your seeing.
From the golden oil in my bones
I kindled you.
Rumi

A soul for my soul,
you gushed
through my hollow places.
Anoint me now! Stream down
this broken necklace
of dangling pearls
from throat to thigh.
Unite the sea and setting sun.
Rumi

When dawn comes, we’ll whisper
which of us was stillness,
which the dancer.
Rumi

Reason is the shadow cast by God; God is the sun.
Rumi

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

There is no reality but God,
says the completely surrendered sheik, who is an ocean for all beings.
Rumi

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

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.
Rumi

A prince is just
a conceit until he does something with generosity.
Rumi

Why use bitter soup for healing
when sweet water is everywhere?
Rumi

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.
Rumi

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

Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?
Rumi

My heart is expanding a thousand fold.
Every cell,
taking wings,
flies about the world.
All seek separately
the many faces of my Beloved.
Rumi
Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.
Rumi

The branch might seem like the fruit’s origin:
In fact, the branch exist because of the fruit.
Rumi

Good and bad are mixed. If you don’t have both,
you don’t belong with us.
Rumi

Do not grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
Rumi

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

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

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.
Rumi

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

Every rose that is sweet-scented within,
That rose is telling of the secrets of the Universal.
Rumi

My head is bursting
with the joy of the unknown.
Rumi

How very close
is your soul with mine
I know for sure
everything you think
goes through my mind.
Rumi

Joyful the moment when we sat in the bower, Thou and I;
In two forms and with two faces – with one soul, Thou and I.
The colour of the garden and the song of the birds give the elixir of immortality
The instant we come into the orchard, Thou and I.
The stars of Heaven come out to look upon us -
We shall show the moon herself to them, Thou and I.
Thou and I, with no ‘Thou’ or ‘I’, shall become one through our tasting;
Happy, safe from idle talking, Thou and I.
The spirited parrots of heaven will envy us -
Wen we shall laugh in such a way, Thou and I.
This is stranger, that Thou and I, in this corner here…
Are both in one breath here and there – Thou and I.
Rumi

Love is a tree, and the lovers are its shade.
Rumi

Your beauty is glory in nakedness, the melt
Of smooth skin unsullied with petulant jewels
And the spoiling touch of silk. Your delicate face
Is as pure as the milk of the full moon.
Rumi

There is a sun within every person,
the you we call companion.
Rumi

Thou art the Spring, and we the sweet green garden.
Rumi

Do thou smile like the rose at loss and gain;
For the rose, though its petals be torn asunder,
Still smiles on, and it is never cast down.
Rumi

Kindle in thy heart the flame of Love,
And burn up utterly thoughts and fine expressions.
Rumi

The fertile garden of Love, as it is boundless,
Contains other fruits besides joy and sorrow.
The true lover is exalted above these two states,
He is fresh and green independently of autumn or spring.
Rumi

I am a lover well versed in lovers’ madness,
I am weary of learning and sense.
Rumi

One who is really loved is the single object of her lover, the Alpha and Omega of his desires.
Rumi

A damsel said to her lover, “O fond youth,
You have visited many cities in your travels;
Which of those cities seems most delightful to you?”
He made answer, “The city wherein my love dwells.”
Rumi

The sect of lovers is distinct from all others,
Lovers have a religion and a faith of their own.
Rumi

With thee, my love, hell itself were heaven.
With thee a prison would be a rose-garden.
With thee hell would be a mansion of delight,
Without thee lilies and roses would be as flames of fire!
Rumi

Love is fearless in the midst of the sea of fear.
Rumi

When you have accepted the Light, O beloved,
When you behold what is veiled without a veil,
Like a star you will walk upon the heavens.
Rumi

When the lover feels no longer love’s quickening,
He becomes like a bird who has lost its wings.
Rumi

Love exalts our earthly bodies to heaven,
And makes the very hills to dance with joy!
Rumi

Hail to thee, O Love, sweet madness!
Thou who healest all our infirmities!
Rumi

Did my Beloved only touch me with his lips,
I too, like a flute, would burst out into melody.
Rumi

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