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« Reply #125 on: Apr 06, 2009 12:57 PM »

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I surrender myself to no other god but God.
If He desires my bloodshed,
then so be it! I have no fear.
I may be disgraced in your world;
before God honor will be mine.
A laughing stock in the eyes of the world,
in God's eyes cherished and acclaimed.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #126 on: Apr 06, 2009 12:58 PM »

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Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry.
Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake.
Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake.
Laughter always follows tears.
Blessed are those who understand.
Life blossoms wherever water flows.
Where tears are shed divine mercy is shown.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #127 on: Apr 10, 2009 06:52 AM »

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Little by little God takes beauty away. Little by little life's luster decays. Listen to the passage, "To whom We grant a long life, those We cause to decline." Seek the essence and not the structure. The beauty of heart shall forever abide, for it is enriched with the water of life.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #128 on: Apr 19, 2009 05:26 AM »

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Water said to the defiled, "Hurry come to me."

The defiled replied, "But I feel ashamed before the water."

Water said, "But without me how will you wash your shame? How will your filth be removed?"

Shame hinders the faith of the tainted who hide from the water.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #129 on: Apr 26, 2009 03:33 AM »

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Hundreds of thousands of inner eyes were opened and through Your breath made ready to reflect upon the unseen.

-Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #130 on: Nov 07, 2009 10:02 AM »

My heart, sit only with those
who know and understand you.
Sit only under a tree
that is full of blossoms.
In the bazaar of herbs and potions
don't wander aimlessly
find the shop with a potion that is sweet
If you don't have a measure
people will rob you in no time.
You will take counterfeit coins
thinking they are real.
Don't fill your bowl with food from
every boiling pot you see.
Not every joke is humorous, so don't search
for meaning where there isn't one.
Not every eye can see,
not every sea is full of pearls.
My hart, sing the song of longing
like nightingale.
The sound of your voice casts a spell
on every stone, on every thorn.
First, lay down your head
then one by one
let go of all distractions.
Embrace the light and let it guide you
beyond the winds of desire.
There you will find a spring and nourished by its see waters
like a tree you will bear fruit forever.

--Rumi
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« Reply #131 on: Jan 03, 2010 11:38 PM »

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If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don't smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn't it first merely a thought and a quest?
-Rumi
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« Reply #132 on: Jan 04, 2010 12:16 AM »

d'oh deleted this but found it in the backup alhamdulillah!

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You are closer to me than myself (Ghazal 2798)

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My love, you are closer to me than myself,
you shine through my eyes.
Your light is brighter than the Moon.
Step into the garden
so all the flowers, even the tall poplar
can kneel before your beauty.
Let your voice silence the lily
famous for its hundred tongues.
When you want to be kind you are
softer than the soul but when you withdraw
you can be so cold and harsh.

Dear one, you can be wild and rebellious but
when you meet him face to face
his charm will make you docile like the earth.
Throw away your shield and bare your chest
there is no stronger protection than him.
That's why when the dervish withdraws
from the world he covers all the cracks in the wall,
so the outside light cannot come though.
He knows that only the inner light
illuminates his world.
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« Reply #133 on: Mar 30, 2010 06:24 AM »

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Your Bread is Seeking You

Listen, put your trust in God,

don’t let your hands and feet tremble with fear:

your daily bread is more in love with you, than you with it.

It is in love with you and is holding back

only because it knows of your lack of self-denial.

If you had any self-denial, the daily bread

would throw itself upon you as lovers do.

What is this feverish trembling for fear of hunger?

With trust in God one can live full-fed.

~*~

Be Love’s Willing Slave

Come and be Love’s willing slave,

Forsake the slavery of this world

and take up Love’s sweet service.

The free, the world enslaves,

but to slaves Love grants freedom.

I crave release from this world

like a bird from its egg;

free me from this shell that clings.

As from the grave, grant me new life.

O Love, O Quail in the free folds of spring,

wildly sing songs of joy.

~*~

Emptiness

Does anyone write something on a plate

that has already been written over,

or plant a sapling where one already grows?

No; he seeks a blank piece of paper

and sows the seed where none has yet been sown.

Sister, be bare earth;

be a clean piece of paper untouched by writing,

that you may be ennobled by the pen of revelation,*

so that the Gracious One may sow seed within you.

* By the pen! By all they write! (68:1)
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« Reply #134 on: Apr 06, 2010 04:49 PM »

You are an ocean in a drop of dew,
All the universe in a thick sack of blood,
What are these pleasures then,
these joys, these worlds;
that you keep reaching for,
hoping they will make you feel more alive?
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« Reply #135 on: Apr 06, 2010 04:54 PM »

come on sweetheart
let's adore one another
before there is no more
of you and me

a mirror tells the truth
look at your grim face
brighten up and cast away
your bitter smile

a generous friend
gives life for a friend
let's rise above this
animalistic behavior
and be kind to one another

spite darkens friendships
why not cast away
malice from our heart

once you think of me
dead and gone
you will make up with me
you will miss me
you may even adore me

why be a worshiper of the dead
think of me as a goner
come and make up now

since you will come
and throw kisses
at my tombstone later
why not give them to me now
this is me
that same person

i may talk too much
but my heart is silence
what else can i do
i am condemned to live this life

Translated by Nader Khalili
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« Reply #136 on: Apr 06, 2010 04:55 PM »

THE ALCHEMY OF LOVE

You come to us
from another world

From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure,
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love

You transform all
who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns,
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and king

You bewilder us
with your grace.
All evils
transform into
goodness.

You are the master alchemist.

You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.

Through your love
existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.
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« Reply #137 on: Apr 06, 2010 05:05 PM »

No longer a stranger, you listen all day to these crazy love-words. Like a bee you fill hundreds of homes with honey, though yours is a long flight from here.
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« Reply #138 on: Apr 06, 2010 05:08 PM »

 "If you have the strength, don't wear the cloth of love, Or if you do, don't moan about disaster. The cloth will burn, but bear the pain in silence. What's venom now is the juice of life hereafter." Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi ( Külliyat - ı Şemsi Tebrizi / Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi )
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« Reply #139 on: Apr 06, 2010 05:14 PM »

Raise your words, not voice!
It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder!


Put ends of your two fingers over your eye. Can you see anything? Seeing
nothing with your eyes doesnt mean this universe doesnt exist.

Humans must be thankful for the existence of roses among thorns instead
of complaining about the thorns among roses.

I have seen such men, there was even no clothes on them;
I have seen such clothes, there was even no man in them...


 I have
lost the way in

And
the way out.

I have
lost the earth, the moon, and the sky.

Don't
put another cup of wine in my hand,

Pour
it in my mouth,

For
I have lost the way to my mouth.



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« Reply #140 on: Apr 06, 2010 05:26 PM »

Be like a river in generosity and giving help. Be like a sun in tenderness and pity. Be like night when covering others' faults. Be like a dead when furious and angry. Be like earth in modesty and humbleness. Be like a sea in tolerance. Be as you are or as you look like!.. - Mevlana Celalettin Rumi



"O man, you side with the animal in you, and you side with the angel in you. Leave your animal nature behind so that you can rise above the angels!" ~Mevlana Jalalluddin Rumi~



"Purify yourself and become dust, so that from dust flowers can grow" - Rumi.



“I was raw, then I got cooked, now I am burned.” Rumi



"If in thirst u drink water from a cup, u see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it."



 Doing as others told me,
I was blind.
Coming when others called me,
I was lost.
Then I left everyone,
myself as well.
Then I found everyone,
myself as well.
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« Reply #141 on: Apr 06, 2010 05:28 PM »

Wherever I shine the lamplight of Divine breath,
there the difficulties of a whole world are resolved.
The darkness which the earthly sun did not remove,
becomes through My breath a bright morning.
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« Reply #142 on: Apr 06, 2010 05:38 PM »

 “ No the ones speaking the same language but the ones sharing the same feeling understand each other! “

 "Be a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd." --Rumi


The duty of long years of love obey /And tell the tale of happy days gone by, /That land and sky may laugh aloud today, /And it may gladden mind and heart and eye. --- Rumi: The Mathnavi, quoted by Baha'u'llah in the Four Valleys



How could I have known this rapture would make me so crazy,turn my heart into a hell and my eyes into rivers?
How could I have known a tidal wave would suddenly snatch me and toss me like a ship in a sea of blood?
A wave strikes the ship and splits the planks, one by one,and each plank whirls away separately.
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« Reply #143 on: Apr 06, 2010 05:46 PM »

In this house of mud and water my heart has fallen into ruins... Enter this house my love or let me leave. Rumi


"My heart is like a vast rose garden of light. An ocean of agony drowned it again and again, but it became a warrior after being slaughtered a hundred times." ~Rumi~
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« Reply #144 on: Apr 27, 2010 09:09 AM »

Moving Water

When  you do things from your soul, you feel a river
moving in you, a joy.

When actions come from another section, the feeling
disappears.  Don't let

others lead you.  They may be blind or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope

of God.  And what is that?  Putting aside self-will.
Because of willfulness

people sit in jail, the trapped bird's wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

The anger of police is willfulness.  You've seen a magistrate
inflict visible punishment.  Now

see the invisible.  If you could leave your selfishness, you
would see how you've

been torturing your soul.  We are born and live inside black water in a well.

How could we know what an open field of sunlight is? Don't
insist on going where

you think you want to go.  Ask the way to the spring.  Your
living pieces will form

a harmony.  There is a moving palace that floats in the air
with balconies and clear

water flowing through, infinity everywhere, yet contained
under a single tent.

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« Reply #145 on: Jul 22, 2011 06:35 PM »

Since you are not a prophet, follow the way taught by prophets. Since you are not a king, be a loyal subject to the king. Since you are not a captain, do not take the helm of the ship. Since you do not possess every skill, have partners in your business. Be as pliant as dough in the hands of others, that you may rise well.

- Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #146 on: Jul 22, 2011 06:37 PM »

When you resolve to become pious, the devil in your nature cries out at you, "Tread not those paths, O confused one; distress and poverty will overcome you. You will be despised, let down by friends, you will regret it." Dread of the devil has bound their souls; the cries of the devil are the drover of the damned; the call of the Lord is a guardian of the saints.

- Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #147 on: Jul 22, 2011 06:39 PM »

Why should I grieve because of a thorn? Once it had made laughter known to me. Whatever you lost through the stroke of destiny, know it was to save you from adversity. One small affliction keeps off greater afflictions; one small loss prevents greater losses.

- Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #148 on: Jul 22, 2011 06:53 PM »

In the hour of grief you turn to Him; when grief departs you transgress. In adversity you moan entreating Him; when ease returns you turn away. Those who know God remain steady, but those who doubt exult at times and become despondent at others.

- Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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« Reply #149 on: Jul 22, 2011 06:54 PM »

The pleas of the devoted ascend to heaven, the smoke of their sincerity ascends to heaven, and the angels entreat God in earnest: "O You who answer every prayer, Your protection is being beseeched. Your devotee in utter humility pleads. Hear him, Lord. He knows only to depend on You."

- Rumi, "Mathnawi"

The Almighty Allah says,

"When a servant thinks of Me, I am near.
When he invokes Me, I am with him.
If he reflects on Me in secret, I reply in secret,
And if he acknowledges Me in an assembly,
I acknowledge him in a far superior assembly."

- Prophet Muhammad (SAW), as reptd by Abu Huraira
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