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10 inspiring Rumi poems on love and life

Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī was a famous Persian poet of the 13th century.

His influence transcends centuries and borders, with him being one of the best selling poets in the United States, surpassing the likes of Shakespeare. Millions of people admire and resonate with Rumi’s words because his poetry brings people a sense of tranquillity. He is a well respected figure, and is commonly known as ‘mawlana’ which translates to master in Arab influence countries such as Iran and Turkey.

His poetry is a roadmap of his Islamic faith, spirituality, and the curiousness of life. He incorporated love, music, dance and philosophical thoughts within his poetry. “He’s a poet of joy and of love,” states Brad Gooch, author of autobiographical account of Rumi’s life.

To commemorate world poetry day, this is an ode to one of the most loved poets of today.

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.  

The stars will be watching us, and we will show them what it is to be a thin crescent moon.  

You and I unselfed, will be together, 

indifferent to idle speculation, you and I.  

The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar as we laugh together, you and I.  

In one form upon this earth,  

and in another form in a timeless sweet land.

“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.

“And you.

When will you begin that long journey into yourself.

When?”

If I love myself

I love you

If I love you

I love myself.”

“Wealth has no permanence: it comes in the morning,
and at night it is scattered to the winds.
Physical beauty too has no importance,
for a rosy face is made pale by the scratch of a single thorn.
Noble birth also is of small account,
for many become fools of money and horses.
Many a nobleman’s son has disgraced his father by his wicked deeds.
Don’t court a person full of talent either,
even if he seems exquisite in that respect:
take warning from the example of Iblis .
Iblis had knowledge, but since his love was not pure,
he saw in Adam nothing but a figure of clay.

“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.”

Find the sweetness in your own heart so you may find it in every heart.

Love is not an emotion, it is your very existence.”

“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.”

“Love is the whole thing.

We are only pieces.”

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