Rumi (also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī) was a 13th century Persian Muslim poet and mystic Sufi. I won’t sit here and give you his whole life history (there’s wikipedia for that!) … but I simply love his poems, his quotes. Rumi firmly believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God (and achieving love). His poetry is written from the soul … even when translated to English, it doesn’t lose out on the simplicity, the beauty, the love, the passion. His poetry encompasses all religions, all faiths, all backgrounds, and he doesn’t offend anyone. Infact his poems and quotes can be heard in Zen monasteries.
Here are some of my favorite Rumi quotes:
“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”
– Rumi (The Illuminated Rumi)
“When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.
Praise God for those two insomnias!
And the difference between them.”
“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.”
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”