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Monday, October 11, 2010

The Light from Rumi

Poet, philosopher, theologian and mystic, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi or simpy Rumi was born in 13th-century Iran and is a leading voice in the Sufi faith and traditions. His works however, as with all great spiritual guides, have become world-renowned as they have within them great wisdom that transcends religions and cultures.

From his teachings sprouted the order known world-wide for their "whirling dervishes" where the dancers are described to feel connected and attuned with the frequency of the universe in their spinning.

Below are some distillations from his works:

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.

How shall we seek real knowledge? By renouncing knowledge. How shall we seek salvation? By renouncing our own salvation. How shall we seek existence? By renouncing our existence.

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not be judged.

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.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.

Silence is the language of God, all else is a poor translation.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

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