Love is saying very softly into my ear,

“To be a prey is better than to be a hunter!

Be my fool and be a deluded one


Renounce the high position of the sun, become a speck of dust!

Become a dweller at My door and be homeless

Do not pretend to be a candle, be a moth”

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

(1207 – 1273 )

love’s confusing joy

If you want what visible reality
can give,
you’re an employee.
If you want the unseen world,
you’re not living your truth.
Both wishes are foolish,
you’ll be forgiven for forgetting
that what you really want is
love’s confusing joy.
Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi 
(1207 – 1273 )

From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks

by Coleman Barks

Did I Not Say To You

Did I not say to you,

“Go not there, for I am your friend;

in this mirage of annihilation I am the fountain of life? ”

Even though in anger you depart a hundred thousand years from me,

in the end you will come to me,

for I am your goal.

Did I not say to you,

“Be not content with worldly forms,

for I am the fashioner of the tabernacle of your contentment? ”

Did I not say to you,

“I am the sea and you are a single fish;

go not to dry land,

for I am your crystal sea? ”

Did I not say to you,

“ Go not like birds to the snare;


for I am the power of flight and your wings and feet? ” 

Did I not say to you,

“ They will waylay you and make you cold,

for I am the fire and warmth and heat of your desire? ”

Did I not say to you,

“ They will implant in you ugly qualities

so that you will forget that

I am the source of purity to you? ”

love 72

Did I not say to you,

“Do not say from what direction the servant’s affairs come into order? ”

I am the Creator without directions.

If you are the lamp of the heart,

know where the road is to the house;

and if you are godlike of attribute,

know that I am your Master.

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi 
(1207 – 1273 )