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Some Rumi for the Soul

In Igniting Inspirations, quotes we love on December 4, 2009 at 12:04 am

(Carrie this is for you)

So, I’m proud to introduce my buddy Rumi, 13th century poet from my motherland. I kinda love him immensely and I fully believe that his work can give hope to anybody, and inspire everybody.

“These spiritual window-shoppers, 
who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking. 
They handle a hundred items and put them down, 
shadows with no capital. What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping. 
But these walk into a shop, 
and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment, 
in that shop.
 Where did you go? “Nowhere.” 
What did you have to eat? “Nothing much. “
Even if you don’t know what you want, 
buy _something,_ to be part of the exchanging flow.
 Start a huge, foolish project, 
like Noah.
 It makes absolutely no difference 
what people think of you.”

~

I died from minerality and became vegetable;

And from vegetativeness I died and became animal.

I died from animality and became man.

Then why fear disappearance through death?

Next time I shall die

Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels;

After that, soaring higher than angels –

What you cannot imagine,

I shall be that.

~

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,

Is not an entity in this world or in the next,

Did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

Origin story. My place is placeless, a trace

Of the traceless. Neither body nor 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

Breathing human being.

~

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.

~

“It is said that after Muhammad and the prophets revelation does not descend upon anyone else. Why not? In fact it does, but then it is not called ‘revelation.’ It is what the Prophet referred to when he said, ‘The believer sees with the Light of God.’ When the believer looks with ‘The believer sees with the Light of God.’ When the believer looks with God’s Light, he sees all things: the first and the last, the present and the absent. For how can anything be hidden from God’s Light? And if something is hidden, then it is not the Light of God. Therefore the meaning of revelation exists, even if it is not called revelation.”

– The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi

-M

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