• 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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  • We are all struggling, none of us has gone far.
    Let your arrogance go, and look around inside
    The blue sky opens out farther and farther,
    The daily sense of failure goes away,
    The damage I have done to myself fades,
    A million suns come forward with light,
    When I sit firmly in this world.
    I hear bells ringing that no one has shaken,
    Inside “love” there is more joy than we know of,
    Rain pours down although the sky is clear of clouds,
    There are whole rivers of light.
    The  universe is shot through in all its parts
    By a single sort of love.
    How hard it is to feel that joy in all our bodies!
    Those who hope to be reasonable about it fail.
    The arrogance of reason has separated us from that love.
    With the word “reason” you already feel miles away.
    How lucky we are that surrounded by all this joy
    We sing inside our own little boat.
    These poems amount to being meeting itself.
    These songs are about forgetting dying and loss.
    They rise above both coming in and going out.

    - Kabir