The First Eighteen Verses of Rumi’s Masnevi

“The first eighteen verses of Rumi’s Masnevi are like an entrance to his great villa where he welcomes his guests and gives them the keys of the rooms without which the guests might get lost and falter in the corridors of his grand villa- the Masnevi. If you intend to enter the building, you should surrender humbly to the spiritual entertainment he offers at the entrance. The first eighteen verses are the summary of the six volumes of the Masnevi.”
Prof. Erkan Turkmen

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Rumi quotes on the grief of the dead

That captain of mankind (The Prophet,pbuh) has said truly that no one who has passed away from this world

Feels sorrow and regret and disappointment on account of death;nay, but he feels a hundred regrets for having missed the opportunity,

 

Saying (to himself), “why did not I make death my object-(death, which is) the store-house of every fortune and every provision-

(And why),through seeing double, did I make the lifelong object of my attention those phantoms that vanished at the fated hour?”

The grief of the dead is not on account of death; it is because (so they say)”we dwelt upon the (phenomenal) forms,

And this we did not perceive, that those are (mere) form and foam, (and that) the foam is moved and fed by the Sea.”

From Masnawi VI-1450-1455
Translated by R.A.N and simplified by Saim Kayadibi

 

If like a star-Rumi

 
If like a star one night
You sleepest no till day,
Upon your spirit bright
The moon will cast her ray.
The fountain of life does rise
in darkness; do not sleep;
Haply upon this wise
one night you shall drink deep.
Rumi