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Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.


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Why look outside?
Become like melting snow,
Wash yourself of yourself.

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I asked, "Why have I received only this?" A voice replied, "'Only this will lead you to That!


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Forget every touch or sound that did not teach you how to dance.


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Now be silent. Let the One who creates the words speak. He made the door. He made the lock. He also made the key.


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If God said, ‘Rumi pay homage to everything that has helped you enter my arms,’ there would not be one experience of my life, not one thought, not one feeling, nor any act, I would not bow to.


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Those who don`t feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don`t drink dawn
like a cup of springwater
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don`t want to change,
let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
If you want to improve your mind that way,
sleep on.

I`ve given up on my brain.
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.


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I looked in temples, churches & mosques. I found the Divine within my Heart.

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Do not fear, there is always wine
If you are thirsty for love.
Do not fear, there is always water
If your lips are parched.
Do not fear your ruin, inside you
There is a treasure.
Open your eyes, for this world
Is only a dream.


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Keep silence, be mute; if you have not yet become the tongue of God, be an ear.


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Each soul runs from poverty and destruction. How sad! It is running away from happiness and joy. No one can triumph before being destroyed. O Beloved! Reconcile me with destruction.

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"This silence, this moment, every moment, if it's genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There's nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Die and be quiet... Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence."


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I am not this hair,
I am not this skin,
I am the soul that lives within.


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What is to be done, O Moslems? for I do not recognize myself.
I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Gabr [Magian], nor Moslem.
I am not of the East, nor of the West, nor of the land, nor of the sea;
I am not of Nature’s mint, nor of the circling heavens.
I am not of earth, nor of water, nor of air, nor of fire;
I am not of the empyrean, nor of the dust, nor of existence, nor of entity.
I am not of India, nor of China, nor of Bulghar, nor of Saqsin;
I am not of the kingdom of ‘Iraqain, nor of the country of Khurasan.
I am not of this world, nor of the next, nor of Paradise, nor of Hell;
I am not of Adam, nor of Eve, nor of Eden and Rizwan.
My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless;
‘Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.
I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;
One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call.

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Be wild and crazy and drunk with Love, if you are too careful, Love will not find you.


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Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an ax to the prison wall.
Escape. Walk out
like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now.
You’re covered with thick cloud.
Slide out the side. Die,
and be quiet. Quietness is the surest
sign that you’ve died.
Your old life was a frantic running
from silence.

The speechless full moon comes out now.


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Shut your eyes so the heart may become your eye, and with that vision look upon another world

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My soul is racing ahead of me.
It says, The body is too slow for me -
I am going.


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Out beyond the ideas of right-doing or wrong-doing there is a field- I'll meet you there.


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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.

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I have been a seeker and still am, but I stopped asking books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.


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When the world pushes you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to Pray.


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Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.

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