and understand you.
Sit only under a tree
that is full of blossoms.
In the bazaar of herbs and potions
don’t wander aimlessly
find the shop with a potion that is sweet
If you don’t have a measure
people will rob you in no time.
You will take counterfeit coins
The differences are just illusion and vanity.
The Sun's light looks a little different on this wall
than it does on that wall,
and a lot different on this other one,
but it's still One Light."
Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
Not any religion
or cultural system. I am
not from the east
or the west, not
out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not
natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all.
I do not exist,
am not an entity in this
world or the next,
that made it open was said
to me here in my chest.
What was told the cypress that made it strong
and straight, what was
whispered the jasmine so it is what it is, whatever made
sugarcane sweet, whatever
was said to the inhabitants of the town of Chigil in
It is Love that fills happiness with joy.
It is Love that birthed me, not my mother.
A hundred blessings and praises to that Mother!
Your fragrance is always with me.
Your face never leaves my sight.
Day and night I've been longing for You. My life is spent, but my desire for...
because you breathe air?
Shame on you, because you are alive in such a limited way..
Don't be without LOVE so you won't feel dead.
Die in LOVE and stay alive forever."
there's always a way to become immortal.. life is not moments of you breathing, but also moments of...
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...
I myself have turned into a vision.
You have seized the fortress of my heart,
your love arrows can split even a mountain,
how can my poor heart ever escape them?
I don't even dare to mention your name
and call you "My Moon"
jealous that others may discover you.
Do you love yourself more
than you love me?
The beloved replied,
I have died to myself
and I live for you.
I've disappeared from myself
and my attributes.
I am present only for you.
I have forgotten all my learning,
but from knowing you
I have become a scholar.
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're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest...
we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don't go back to sleep...
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
If you want a clear mirror,
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...
forget to do.
If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life.
It’s as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a...
There is a quote that was written over 800yrs ago and yet it still resonates today
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field. I will meet you there."
I wonder about that field. I wonder about its beauty. Its unprejudiced nature. All my idea's might not...
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...
not the one who creates, we must be humble and content.
*Reading these lines of Rumi's, made me feel powerless, which coincides with my thoughts of yesterday...we have no control over anything in the big picture. We have the illusion of control and being in charge, but...