These are listed in the order that I discovered them. Today I read many quotes. I only believed that I understood a few and I only posted a very few of that small list. If you Google
You can find thousands. You will notice that all are taken out of context. I would prefer to read them in the original context, but perhaps the way I find them is the way that I need to see them today. Who knows?
As I said long ago, many Sufi texts are exceptionally interesting.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
“When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
“Sit, be still, and listen,
because you’re drunk
and we’re at
the edge of the roof.”
“Two there are who are never satisfied — the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.”
“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”
“On a day
when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a
“The ground’s generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.”
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”
“Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.”
“And watch two men washing clothes,
one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony.
Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there’s really only one work.”
As some correctly point out, any quote in English is a translation. Not really truly Rumi. The translator cannot help but color the translation. I do not know how to read the actual original text. Even if I could read Persian, would it be an accurate transcription? Would I appreciate the symbolism? The nuance?
But, any text can only hope to be an imperfect copy of a thought. Such is life. We can only learn from the things that we notice.
It is as another great mind, Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.”
Let’s practice learning how to keep watching.
And, whether it is really Rumi or not, it pleases me to read and contemplate it. Even though I understand that it may not be fair to Rumi.
A recurring Sufi though is that Sages, like gold, are ‘Where you find them’.
The Sufi texts frequently point out the wisdom of ‘the fool’. The people that many do not expect to spout wise quotes.
I suggest that if you believe that only people that you revere, can show you Wisdom, then you have yet to understand some wonderful lessons. Fear not. It will make you feel really good when that day comes.
I am reminded of a line from a movie. Something like, “We are surrounded by Signs, Lessons, Pearls of Wisdom. Our job is to recognize them and understand them.” And, as we grow, we may have new understandings of old lessons.
Let’s get to back work watching. I have much to learn.