A Taste of Rumi

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.


Author: danielrappletonyahoocom

Science - fiction, fantasy, horror & suspense ( But not really " nerd / geek " material ), armchair cultural anthropologist, interested in archaeology ( Although the closest I've been to an actual dig - site was Pinson Mounds outside Memphis ), & interested in the obscure, strange or sometimes things that would bore or put off other people.

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