I have had occasion to get back into ” The Essential Rumi ” ( Translated by Coleman Barks, Penguin Press, introduction by Huston Smith ). I forgot how colorful he was.
” Whoever brought me here will have to take me home ”
This poetry, I never know what I’m going to say.
I don’t plan it.
When I’m outside the saying of it,
I get very quiet and rarely speak at all
We have a huge barrel of wine but no cups.
That’s fine with us. Every morning we glow and in the evening we glow again.
There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street,
and being the noise.
Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought !
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open ?
Move outside the tangle of fear – thinking.
Live in silence.
Jelaluddin Rumi, 11th century ( ? ) A.D / BCE
Leader of the Sufi Islamic school.
His teachings would apparently fit in nicely with Zen Buddhist & Taoist / Daoist teachings.