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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi Poems

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by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Oh, if a tree could wander      and move with foot and wings! It would not...Read More



by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
There is a candle in your heart,
      ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
      ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
You feel...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
i was dead
i came alive
i was tears
i became laughter all because of love
when it arrived
my temporal life
from then on
changed to eternal love said to me
you are not
crazy enough
you don’t
fit this house i went and
became crazy
crazy enough
to be in chains love said
you are not
intoxicated enough
you don’t
fit the group i went and
got drunk
drunk enough
to overflow
with light-headedness love said
you are still
too clever
filled with
imagination and skepticism i went and
became gullible
and in fright
pulled away
from it all love said
you are a candle
attracting everyone
gathering every one
around you i am no more
a candle spreading light
i gather no more crowds
and like smoke
i am all scattered now love said
you are a teacher
you are a head
and for everyone
you are a leader i am no more
not a teacher
not a leader
just a servant
to your wishes love said
you already have
your own wings
i will not give you
more feathers and then my heart
pulled itself apart
and filled to the brim
with a new light
overflowed with fresh life now even the heavens
are thankful that
because of love
i have become
the giver of light...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds? Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
What will
our children do in the morning? Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play,
the way wings
should? 




by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Reason says, “I will beguile him with the tongue;”
Love says, “Be silent. I will beguile him with the soul.”
The soul says to the heart,...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
~ A stone I died and rose again a plant;
A plant I died and rose an animal;
I died an animal and was born a man.
Why should I fear? What have...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee;
we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.  We are as pieces...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
This is love: to fly to heaven, every moment to rend a hundred veils;
At first instance, to break away from breath –
first step, to...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come.  ...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
O you who’ve gone on pilgrimage -
where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved!
Oh come now, come, oh come!
Your friend, he is your neighbor,
he is next to your...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Lovers share a sacred decree – 
to seek the Beloved.
They roll head over heels,
rushing toward the Beautiful One
like a torrent of water. In truth, everyone is a shadow of the...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Soul receives from soul that knowledge,
therefore not by book nor from tongue.
If knowledge of mysteries come after
emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart.   - Rumi ...Read More

by Rumi, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
Again I am raging,
I am in such a state by your soul that every
bond you bind, I break, by your soul.
I am like heaven, like the moon, like a...Read More