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Showing posts with label Rumi and Sufi Mystics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rumi and Sufi Mystics. Show all posts

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rumi: Hatch The Helplessness

Pray the prayer that is the essence of every ritual:
"God I have no hope. I am torn to shreds. You are my First, my Last, and my only Refuge."
Do not do daily prayers like a bird, pecking its head up and down. Prayer is an egg. Hatch out the total helplessness inside.

Reference~ Rumi

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rumi- The Slaughterhouse

In this slaughterhouse of love, they kill only the best, none of the weak or deformed. Don't run away from this dying. Whoever's not killed for love is dead meat. ~ Rumi

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rumi- Ashamed

I am ashamed
to call this love human
and afraid of God
to call it divine       ~Rumi

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rumi- My Faith and Heresy

I said:
O friend, are you truly my beloved?
I gaze at you and see that you are my soul
if you gave up on me
I would change my religion
you are my faith and my heresy both

Reference~ Rumi

Friday, December 12, 2014

Insane People

I became crazy
really insane
and insane people never sleep
they don't even know where
they might find
the path that leads to sleep
God too never sleeps
so God's insane people are
simply taking after God


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Between You And The Street

Falling the way you do at times, I offer my body
between you and the street.

Any concern for you from another heart, protects.
Prayers can solicit angels' help.

What is meant to be, is just that, and will unfold.

Still, show some guts.  Say to destiny,          
"I am calling the shots around here; take a hike."

That probably won't change much, but you will 
get my respect.

Falling the way you will at times, I offer my body
between you and any street, pothole, or abyss.

Reference~ The Purity Of Desire

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Only You

only you
i choose
among the entire world

is it fair
of you
letting me be unhappy

my heart
is a pen
in your hand

it is all
up to you
to write me happy or sad

i see only
what you reveal
and live as you say

all my feelings
have the color
you desire to paint

Reference~ Rumi

Monday, August 4, 2014

All My Friends

all my friends
departed like dreams
left alone
i called upon
one friend
to become
my entire dream

this is the one
who soothes my heart
with endless
tenderness and love

the one who 
one hour bestows
inner peace
and the next
the nectar of life

this dream too
as it arrives
i come alive and
as it departs
i'm helpless again

Reference~ Rumi

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Your Drunk

forgive me
if I get cocky and conceited
at times
I'm just your drunk
don't rush me to my death
you already have me in your hand
you tell me:
"I've created such a big 
world for you to play in"
but you tied my feet
so where could I go?

Reference~  Rumi

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Melt Away Completely

I won't grant you your wish
if you don't give me your heart
if you don't do what I ask
I won't give you what you want
quit being so false
and don't play dead
I swear on your soul and your heart
I won't give myself to you
until you melt away completely

Reference~ The Rubais of Rumi

Friday, February 14, 2014

Take A Good Look

One night
during prayers
a vision 
of the Beloved
appeared to me.
Lifting the veil
from his face,
he said:
"Take a good look
at the one
you always leave behind."

Reference~ Awhad al-Din Kirmani

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Give Up Your Life

"Give up the known, give up your life for the mystery of Love's eternal wine."
"But before I die," I said, "I would like to know you."
"Once you know me there will be no more dying."

Reference~ Rumi

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Make the Heart Burn

the heart is a candle
waiting to be lit and illuminated
because of separation from the beloved
it feels ripped and torn
and needs to be sewn back together
if you don't know how to make the heart burn
listen to this:
love is something to encounter not to learn

Reference~ Rumi

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Without A Lot of Hoopla

That conch shell you crawled into on land, then grew so large in there, you got stuck-

I am going to help get you out.  It is just a matter now of whether I should use my hammer,

or chant some magic words that could knock twenty pounds off your ego and/or waistline. 

Then you could just slip back into God without a lot of hoopla and sweat on both our parts.

Sorry though.  I don't think there is any special tonic, or voodoo, to remedy a plight quite like yours.

So brace yourself sweetheart. Here I come!

Reference~ Rumi

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rumi- My Favorite Lines

~ I have remained in the prison of the world out of kindness where am I from, and the prison, where is it from?  Who have I stolen?

~ Know that there is but a single person in the world, that that person is with you, that it exists for you, works for you, and desires you.

~ All that is in the universe is not outside you, Look within for everything you want for it is you.

~ Desire the one who holds you in his desire.  Seek the one who holds you in his quest.

~ From the moment you went away I was separated from your gentle honey like wax.

~ Every evening I burn like a candle.  Joined to his flame, deprived of his affection.

~ I am like a lyre, my head bent in submission.  You, with either hand, strike and caress me.

~ Seeing how many miles you have to go, I set up a little stall on your route.  I serve a nice cup of tea, and I am never too busy to chat.

~ There is not a flood in all the worlds that can douse a sacred flame in me, that builds, that rises even higher, each time I slay another fear.

~ In love, ask for madness give up reasoning, give up life.  Look for dangerous adventures in deserts filled with blood and fire!

~ My heart twisted with passion in the fire of your words.  Now I see what I saw as fire was only ice.  What I saw as water, only a mirage and our story, an old forgotten dream.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Four Elements

Within your nature
is every element,
so listen to
some sage advice:

You are demon
and wild beast
and angel
and human-

Whatever you cultivate,
that you will be.

Reference~ Baba Afdal Kashani

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Vision of Your Face

Your love, from before
the beginning of time,
is my soul-
it's my very self.

Your love is the treasure
of my weak, begging heart.

Perhaps your beauty
has been far from me-
but the vision
of your face
has stayed with me always.

Reference~ Sultan Walad

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Soul's Dilemma

Once again, each day,
I travel the path of your love.

Every night, without fail,
I mourn your absence anew.

My soul lacks the courage
to love one
such as you-
and my heart lacks the strength
to abandon you too.

Reference~ Attar

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Rumi and Shams- The Last Breath

I'll not put you in the heart or you'll be wounded.  I'll not keep you in the eye or you'll be lowly.  I'll give you a place in the spirit, not the eyes or the heart, so you'll be my companion at the last breath.

Reference~ Me and Rumi, William Chittick