• How can you ever hope to know the Beloved without becoming in every cell the Lover?

    - Rumi

  • "You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

    - Franz Kafka - from Senses

  • From the one heart...

    Hear from the heart wordless mysteries!
    Understand what cannot be understood...
    In our stone-dark hearts there burns a fire
    That burns all veils to their root and foundation,
    When the veils are burned away,
    the heart will understand completely...
    Ancient Love will unfold ever-fresh forms
    In the heart of the Spirit, in the core of the heart.

    - Rumi

  • Awake awhile.
    It does not have to be forever.
    Right now.  One step upon the Sky's soft skirt would be enough.
    Awake awhile. 
    Just one True moment of Love will last for days.
    Rest all your elaborate plans and tactics for knowing Him,
    For they are all just frozen spring buds
    Far, so far from Summer's Divine Gold.
    Awake, my dear.
    Be kind to your sleeping heart.
    Take it out into the vast fields of Light
    And let it breathe.
    Say, “Love, give me back my wings.
    Lift me, lift me nearer.”
    Say to the sun and moon, say to our dear Friend,
    I will take you up now, Beloved,
    On that wonderful Dance You promised!”

    - Hafiz

  • This being human is a guest house
    Every morning a new arrival.
    A joy, a depression, 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 honorably.
    He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    Meet them at the door, laughing; and invite them in.
    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    Because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. 

    - Rumi

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  • The lamps are different,
    But the light is the same.
    So many garish lamps in the dying brain's lamp-shop,
    Forget about them.
    Concentrate on essence, concentrate on Light
    In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
    The Light streams towards you from all things,
    All people, all possible permutation of good, evil, thought, passion.
    The lamps are different,
    But the Light is the same.
    One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
    Endlessly emanating all things
    One turning and burning diamond.
    One, one, one.
    Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
    To blind loving silence.
    Stay there, until you see
    You are gazing at the Light
    With its own ageless eyes.

    - Rumi