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« on: Dec 30, 2007 12:57 PM »


Rumi....

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« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2007 01:07 PM »

Don't Be Bitter My Friend

don't be bitter my friend
you'll regret it soon
hold to your togetherness
or surely you'll scatter

don't walk away gloomy
from this garden
you'll end up like an owl
dwelling in old ruins

face the war and
be a warrior like a lion
or you'll end up like a pet
tucked away in a stable

once you conquer
your selfish self
all your darkness
will change to light
--Rumi




Look at her face.
Open your eyes into her eyes.
When she laughs, everyone falls in love.
Life your head up off the table. See,
there are no edges to this garden.
Sweet fruits, every kind you can think of,
branches green and always
slightly moving.

How long should you look at earth's face?
Come back and look again.
Now you see the nervous greed
deep inside plants and animals. Now you see them
constantly giving themselves away.

Greed and generosity are evidence of love.
If you can't see love itself,
see the results.
If you can't find love-colors in anything,
look for the pale, tired face of a lover.

Take this town with its stores and everyone
rushing around, some with a lot of money,
some without any.

Rumi, - Ghazal (Ode) 1101

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 08, 2008 04:44 PM »

The Indian Tree

A learned man once said, for the sake of saying something ,
"There is a tree

in India. If you eat the fruit of that tree, you'll never grow
old & never die."

Stories about "the tree" were passed around, & finally
a king sent his envoy

to India to look for it. People laughed at the man. They
slapped him on the back

& called out, "Sir, I know where your tree is, but it's far
in the jungle & you'll need

a ladder!" He kept traveling, following such directions &
feeling foolish, for years.

He was about to return to the king when he met a wise man.
"Great teacher, show me

some kindness in this search for the tree." "My son, this is
not an actual tree.

though it's been called that. Sometimes it's called a sun,
sometimes an ocean, or

a cloud. These words point to the wisdom that comes through
a true human being, which

may have many effects, the least of which is eternal life!
In the same way one

person can be a father to you & a son to someone else,
uncle to another & nephew

to yet another, so what you are looking for has many names,
& one existence. Don't

search for one of the names. Move beyond any attachment
to names. "Every war

& every conflict between human beings has happened because
of some disagreement about

names. It's such an unnecessary foolishness, because just
beyond the arguing there's a long

table of companionship, set & waiting for us to sit down.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:00 PM »

"The intelligent want self-control; children want candy." -Mawlana Jalaludeen Rumi


“In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you.” -Rumi


"With the Beloved's water of life, no illness remains
In the Beloved's rose garden of union, no thorn remains.
They say there is a window from one heart to another
How can there be a window where no wall remains?"
-Rumi


“God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.”
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:02 PM »

At the twilight, a moon appeared in the sky;
Then it landed on earth to look at me.
Like a hawk stealing a bird at the time of prey;
That moon stole me and rushed back into the sky.
I looked at myself, I did not see me anymore;
For in that moon, my body turned as fine as soul.
The nine spheres disappeared in that moon;
The ship of my existence drowned in that sea.

RUMI- Divan, 649:1-3,5
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:03 PM »

You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.

What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.

It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.

So- I've brought you a mirror.

Look at yourself and remember me.

- Jalaluddin Rumi
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:06 PM »

Don't grieve, anything you lose comes round in another form.



"You live for God not for riches, You die for God not from fear or pain."


I'll hang your love on the forehead of heaven.
I'll lay your cruel hands on my hurting heart.
Where you walk, where your foot touches earth,
I'll secretly go, just to lay eyes on that dirt.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:19 PM »

"Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world.

The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.

Every wonderful sight will vanish, every sweet word will fade,

But do not be disheartened,

The source they come from is eternal, growing,

Branching out, giving new life and new joy.

Why do you weep?

The source is within you

And this whole world is springing up from it".

-Rumi
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:22 PM »

That which Allah said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful


Rumi - Guest House
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
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.

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:24 PM »

I'm neither beautiful nor ugly
Neither this nor that

I'm neither the peddler in the market
Nor the nightingale in the rose garden

Teacher give me a name
So that I'll know what to call myself

I'm neither slave nor free
Neither candle nor iron

I've not fallen in love with anyone
Nor is anyone in love with me

Whether I'm sinful or good
Sin and goodness come from another
Not from me

Wherever He drags me I go
With no say in the matter

~ Rumi
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:28 PM »

you were born with wings. why prefer to crawl through life?



The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you,
not knowing
how blind I was
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere
They're in each other all along
-Rumi



If you fornicate, fornicate with a princess, If you steal, steal a pearl!"
- Sayeedina Rumi (ra)
 

Is this one really Rumi's too?Sad
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:32 PM »

one of my favorites:

"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?"
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 10, 2008 11:37 PM »

All through eternity
Beauty unveils His exquisite form in the solitude of nothingness;
He holds a mirror to His Face and beholds His own beauty.
He is the knower and the known,
the seer and the seen;
No eye but His own
has ever looked upon this Universe.
His every quality finds an expression:
Eternity becomes the verdant field of Time and Space;
Love, the life-giving garden of this world.
Every branch and leaf and fruit
Reveals an aspect of His perfection-
The cypress give hint of His majesty,
The rose gives tidings of His beauty.
Whenever Beauty looks,
Love is also there;
Whenever beauty shows a rosy cheek
Love lights Her fire from that flame.
When beauty dwells in the dark folds of night
Love comes and finds a heart entangled in tresses.
Beauty and Love are as body and soul.
Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond.
They have been together since the beginning of time-
Side by side, step by step.

Rumi

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 15, 2008 03:17 AM »

you are an ocean in a drop of dew,
all the universes in a thin sack
of blood! What are these pleasures
then, these joys, these worlds,
that you keep reaching for, hoping
they will make you more alive?

rumi

My heart is so small
it is almost invisible.
How can you place
such big sorrows in it?
"Look" he answered,
"your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world"
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 15, 2008 03:18 AM »

On my heart
In beautiful calligraphy
you've written words
that only you and i can know.
Their secret you promised
to reveal on day
but now i see
you were only teasing



WHISPERS OF LOVE...
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."
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 15, 2008 03:19 AM »

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.
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 16, 2008 04:57 AM »

This is beautiful......its about death..

On the day I die, when I am being

carried toward the grave, do not weep

Don’t say, He is gone! He is gone!

death has nothing to do with going away.

The sun sets and the moon sets,

but they are not gone.

Death is a coming together.

The tomb looks like a prison,

but it is really release

into Union.

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 16, 2008 05:03 AM »

Knock, and he'll open the door.
Vanish, and he'll make you shine like the sun.
Fall, and he'll raise you to the heavens.
Become nothing, and he'll turn you into everything.
~ Rumi


“Burdens are the foundations of ease and bitter things the forerunners of pleasure.”


Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot
Seek the path that demands your whole being
Leave that which is not, but appears to be
Seek that which is, but is not apparent
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 16, 2008 05:11 AM »

I Am and I Am Not:

I’m drenched
in the flood
which has yet to come

I’m tied up
in the prison
which has yet to exist

Not having played
the game of chess
I’m already the checkmate

Not having tasted
a single cup of your wine
I’m already drunk

Not having entered
the battlefield
I’m already wounded and slain

I no longer
know the difference
between image and reality

Like the shadow
I am
And
I am not.
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 16, 2008 05:13 AM »

Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
If you want a clear mirror,
behold yourself
and see the shameless truth,
which the mirror reflects.
If metal can be polished
to a mirror-like finish,
what polishing might the mirror
of the heart require?
Between the mirror and the heart
is this single difference:
the heart conceals secrets,
while the mirror does not.
The Divani Shamsi Tabriz, XIII
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 16, 2008 05:24 AM »

"Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl"
-Mevlana Rumi


The ignorant will harm you, not with his tongue or with his hand, but with his ignorance.

God created pain and yearning for this sake so that happiness may occur by means of this opposite.



I want to leave this town
but you've chained me down
stolen away my heart
leaving yourself behind

Now I've lost my way
my soul restless and head twisted
all because of those secrets
you once whispered
.............

- Rumi.
Ghazal 2582, Diwan-e-Shams
Trans: Nader Khalili
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 16, 2008 05:26 AM »

When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you are not here, I cannot go to sleep. Praise God for these two insomnias and the difference between them.

Rumi


If you never searched for truth
come with us
and you will become a seeker.

If you were never a musician
come with us
and you will find your voice.

You may posses immense wealth
come with us
and you will become love's beggar.

You may think yourself a master
come with us
and love will turn you into a slave.

If you've lost your spirit,
come with us
take off your silk coverings,
put on our rough cloak
and we will bring you back to life.
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 16, 2008 05:35 AM »

I am your moon and your moonlight too

I am your flower garden and your water too.

I have come all this way eager for you,

without shoes or shawl.

I want you to laugh, to kill all your worries, to love you, to nourish you.

Oh sweet bitterness, I will soothe you and heal you.

I will bring you roses. I too have been covered with thorns.



 Humble yourself, you'll grow greater than the world.Your self will be revealed to you,without you" - Rumi

 
 
Since you will come
and throw kisses
at my tombstone later
why not give them to me now
this is me
that same person
--- Rumi - poet of my heart

 


"No mirror ever became iron again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened grape ever became sour fruit. Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse. Become the light." Mevlana Rumi
 
 
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 16, 2008 06:03 AM »

Sigh. Rumi is just so amazing. I can just read it over and over again and get different things from it and I feel like it really touches my heart. How does a poet do that and these are translations even! Amazing
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« Reply #24 on: Feb 17, 2008 12:22 PM »


Poor copies out of heaven's originals,
Pale earthly pictures mouldering to decay,
What care although your beauties break and fall,
When that which gave them life endures for aye?
Oh never vex thine heart with idle woes:
All high discourse enchanting the rapt ear,
All gilded landscapes and brave glistering shows
Fade-perish, but it is not as we fear.
Whilst far away the living fountains ply,
each petty brook goes brimful to the main
Since baron nor fountain can for ever die,
Thy fears how foolish, thy lament how vain!
What is this fountain, wouldst thou rightly c know?
The Soul whence issue all created things.
Doubtless the rivers shall not cease to flow,
Till silenced are the everlasting springs.
Farewell to sorrow, and with quiet mind
Drink long and deep: let others fondly deem
The channel empty they perchance may find,
Or fathom that unfathomable stream.
The moment thou to this low world wast given,
A ladder stood whereby thou might'st aspire;
And first thy steps, which upward still have striven,
From mineral mounted to the plant; then higher
To animal existence; next, the Man,
With knowledge, reason, faith. Oh wondrous goal!
This body, which a crumb of dust began-
How fairly fashioned the consummate whole!
Yet stay not here thy journey: thou shalt grow
An angel bright and home far off in heaven.
Plod on, plunge last in the great Sea, that so
Thy little drop make oceans seven times seven.
'The Son of God!' Nay, leave that word unsaid,
Say: 'God is One, the pure, the single Truth.'
What though thy frame be withered, old, and dead,
If the soul keep her fresh immortal youth?

RUMI (from 'Persian poems', ed. A.J.Arberry; transl. by R. A. Nicholson)
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