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Candle

“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.נר נשמה
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?”
Rumi

Story of a friend

A lover after searching for a long time finds the beloved’s house and knocks on the door.self-transformation

The beloved says, “Who are you?”

The lover says, “It’s me.”

The beloved says, this is not the time for meeting as you are still raw!

 

Who can cook the raw, other than the fire of separation and distance?

Which will deliver him from this hypocrisy

 

The  lover  returns  and  for  the  whole  year  suffers  being separated

from the beloved and becomes ripe and cooked. He goes to the beloved

and knocks on the door, full of fear and with proper manners.

The beloved asks, “Who are you? “

The lover says, “It’s you!”

 

Now that you are me, O, I, come in

as there is no room in this house for two “I”s (Rumi, Masnavi,

Book 1, Part 144)

From Rumi on Change by Love and Reason

Translated by Sherry Nabijou

Dying

Dying is one of the most important aspects of Love. Rumi specifically emphasises on dying. pg04-topphotos

In his view, death and life are inseparable.

 

A child who is growing is constantly in the process of dying and living. Rumi sees every moment of life as new.

 

With each breath the world becomes anew, and we are unaware of this renewal

 

Life like a new stream flows through,

and it appears to be continuous (Rumi, Masnavi, Book 1, Part

69)

From Rumi on Change by Love and Reason

Translated by Sherry Nabijou

The Guesthouse

Rumi uses a simile, whereby our emotions, thoughts and ideas become messengers and guests, entering the house of ourMind_Control_by_jasinski mind every moment.

Every moment, a thought like a dear guest comes in your mind

O you, dear one, regard the thought as a person,

because  a  person  has  his  worth  from  his  thoughts  (Rumi,

Masnavi, Book 5, Part 175)

From Rumi on Change by Love and Reason

Translated by Sherry Nabijou

Wanting

Hence, when you detect a wanting in yourself, don’t say, ” what is the benefit of this wanting?”o4
You step onto that path and the benefits will appear. . (Rumi, Fihi Ma Fihi, Chapter 60)

Avoiding action and causing delay, dries my motivations. It turns my need into a latent pain, and it leaves behind an imprisoned soul and a disappointed mind.

From Rumi on Change by Love and Reason

Translated by Sherry Nabijou

The doors of heaven

Learn this alchemy from a wise man, that whatever happens to you accept itgates-of-heaven

When you accept what has happened,

that moment, the doors of heaven are opened to you (Rumi, Diwan-e Shams, Ode 2675)

From Rumi on Change by Love and Reason

Translated by Sherry Nabijou

Mirror

Rumi gives an interesting example in relation to polishing. He says, we all have our soul, a mirror, which we are able to see the181325_247404765389870_424777022_n face of the beloved.

 

A mirror in external form is made up of iron,

The mirror revealing the image of the soul is very valuable

 

Mirror, is the soul of the face of the friend,

The face of that friend from that Land (Rumi, Masnavi,

Book 2, Part 1)

From Rumi on Change by Love and Reason