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The way you make love
is the way God will be with you.

RUMI, The Book of Love

Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.

RUMI, Essential Rumi

Every object, every being,
is a jar full of delight.

RUMI, Essential Rumi

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy,
absentminded. Someone sober
will worry about things going badly.
Let the lover be.

RUMI, Essential Rumi

The agony of lovers
burns with the fire of passion.
Lovers leave traces of where they've been.
The wailing of broken hearts
is the doorway to God.

RUMI, The Love Poems of Rumi

People are distracted by objects of desire, and afterwards repent of the lust they've indulged, because they have indulged with a phantom and are left even farther from Reality than before. Your desire for the illusory is a wing, by means of which a seeker might ascend to Reality. When you have indulged a lust, your wing drops off; you become lame and that fantasy flees. Preserve the wing and don't indulge such lust, so that the wing of desire may bear you to Paradise. People fancy they are enjoying themselves, but they are really tearing out their wings for the sake of an illusion.

JALALUDDIN RUMI, quoted in The Pocket Rumi Reader

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.

RUMI, attributed, Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction Versus the Richness of Being

There are as many ways of loving as there are people, and that wildflower variety is the great beauty of this dimension of existence.

RUMI, The Book of Love

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.

RUMI, attributed, When the Moon Slips Away: Rejoicing in Everyday Miracles

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter.

RUMI, attributed, What Matters: Reflections on Important Things in Life

You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought wings, loosen your shoulders, and open.

RUMI, The Essential Rumi

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

RUMI, attributed, The Philosophy Book


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