“What you seek is seeking you”- Rumi
The first time I came across Rumi, something about his quotes struck a chord in me. All of a sudden, I felt as if someone was finally vocalizing the truth about the essence of life itself. His words filled me with a sense of familiarity – as if I had known their meaning all along, and had just been waiting for a reminder. Even till now, after more than 20 years of having read Rumi, every time I open a poem, I feel like it’s the first time I’m reading it.
I’ve always wondered what makes Rumi so timeless, and I think it lies in the fact that whatever he wrote is universal and applicable to every single type of love we as human beings may experience. Like the wings of the bright yellow butterfly I watched flying in my garden a few weeks ago, Rumi’s words are delicate and ephemeral, everlasting yet light as the zephyr.
Rumi for me epitomizes beautiful dichotomies of the universal soul – undying passion about life yet detached from the world of man, deeply in love with Shams yet ready to let go of him, recluse yet ready to share his discoveries. Out of all the authors I have ever read, no one has touched me and still continues to do so like Rumi has.
Here are some of the rumi quotes selected by us:
The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires- Rumi
Don’t make yourself miserable with what to come and not to come – Rumi
Inside a lover’s heart there is another world- Rumi
Think of the big moves you have already made,
from a single cell to a human being!- Rumi
Eyes cannot see you.
You are the source of sight- Rumi
When you ask, the answer will be given- Rumi
Do not let your heart get rusty with grief,
and do not stay long with those who are
not in the presence- Rumi
Close your lips and let
the maker of mouths talk,
the One who says things – Rumi
How long do you lay embracing a corpse?
Love rather the soul, which cannot be held-Rumi
Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!- Rumi
Go my friend
bestow your love
even on your enemies
if you touch their hearts
what do you think will happen- Rumi
For the grace of the presence, be grateful – Rumi
Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter
than the abundance itself- Rumi
Where there is pain,
the cure will come – Rumi
Seek the spirit;
don’t set your heart on bones. – Rumi
Remember, the entrance door
to the sanctuary is inside you- Rumi
Pain is a fine path to the unknowable – Rumi
The soul has been given its own ears
to hear things that the mind does not understand – Rumi
The wailing of broken hearts is the doorway to God – Rumi
You are the soul, the universe
and what animates the universe – Rumi
God turns you from one feeling to another
and teaches by means of opposites,
so that you will have two wings to fly, not one- Rumi
with inputs from Nasseema Thaleb