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Rumi
(full name: Jalal al-Din Rumi)
Persian mystic and poet
(1207-73)



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Why should I seek? I am the same as
He. His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself!
-- The Essential Rumi. Translations by Coleman Barks, (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1996) p. xx.

Listen to the reed and the tale it tells,
How it sings of separation..
-- Camille Helminski. "Introduction to Rumi: Daylight". Archived from
the original ( http://sufism.org/books/dayex.html ) on July 16, 2011.

The lover’s cause is separate from all other causes
Love is the astrolabe of God's mysteries.
-- The Mysteries of the Universe and Rumi's Discoveries on the Majestic Path of Love, by Majid M. Naini, Universal Vision & Research, 2002

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 bless'd; 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.
-- The Triumphal Sun: A Study of the Works of Jalaloddin Rumi by Annemarie Schimmel, Albany: SUNY Press, 1993. p. 328

On the seeker’s path, wise men and fools are one.
In His love, brothers and strangers are one.
Go on! Drink the wine of the Beloved!
In that faith, Muslims and pagans are one.
-- Rumi: 53 Secrets from the Tavern of Love: Poems from the Rubaiyat of Mowlana Rumi, translated by Amin Banani and Anthony A. Lee (White Cloud Press, 2014) , p. 3

Flee to God's Qur'an, take refuge in it
there with the spirits of the prophets merge.
The Book conveys the prophets' circumstances
those fish of the pure sea of Majesty.
-- Franklin Lewis, Rumi Past and Present, East and West, Oneworld Publications, 2000, p. 408

The Sufi is hanging on to Muhammad, like Abu Bakr.
-- Quoted in: Ibrahim Gamard, Rumi and Islam: Selections from His Stories, Poems, and Discourses — Annotated and Explained, p. 171.

Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, idolater, worshiper 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.
-- Eryk Hanut. Rumi: The Card and Book Pack : Meditation, Inspiration, Self-discovery. The Rumi Card Book. Tuttle Publishing, 2000, p. xiii.


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

Drink all your passion and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes to see with the other eye.
Open your hands if you want to be held. (...)

Quit acting like a wolf,
and feel the shepherd's love filling you. (...)

Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought.

Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?

-- "A Community of the Spirit", in: Jelaluddin Rumi, The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love & Friendship. Trans. Coleman Barks. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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