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Selections from Rumi

June 22, 2015

I’ve been reading quite a bit of Rumi over the last several months. Here’s a few quotes that I found particularly meaningful in my readings yesterday:


<<Giving thanks for abundance
is sweeter than the abundance itself:
Should one who is absorbed with the Generous One
be distracted by the gift?
Thankfulness is the soul of beneficence;
abundance is but the husk,
for thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.>>


<<I am only the house of your Beloved
not the Beloved herself:
true love is for the hidden treasure,
not for the chest that contains it.
The real Beloved is that One who is unique
who is your beginning and your end.
When you find that One,
you’ll no longer want anything else:
that One is both the manifest and the mystery.
That One is the Owner of all states of feeling,
and depends on none:
the months and years are slaves of that moon.
When He bids a “state,” it does His bidding;
when that One wills, flesh becomes spirit.>>


<<Make it your habit to behold the Light without the glass,
so that when the glass is shattered you may not be left blind.>>

— Rumi, “The Rumi Collection,”  edited by Kabir Helminski

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