Rumi: Gems from the Master

‘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.’ 

‘If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?’ 

‘The wound is the place where the Light enters you.’ 

‘Silence is the language of god, 
all else is poor translation.’ 

‘Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.’ 

Why do you stay in prison 
When the door is so wide open?’ 

‘Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.’ 

‘But listen to me. For one moment 
quit being sad. Hear blessings 
dropping their blossoms 
around you.’ 

‘Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; 
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.’ 

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

‘What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl’ 

‘In prayer all are equal.’ 

‘And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, 
‘You owe me.’ 
Look what happens with love like that. 
It lights up the sky.’ 

‘In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.’ 

‘When someone beats a rug, 
the blows are not against the rug, 
but against the dust in it.’