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Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi- known simply as Rumi – was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks, and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy in the past seven centuries. Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the “most popular poet in America.”

Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language. His original works are widely read today in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular in other countries. Wikipedia

Rumi’s Little Book of Life is a beautiful collection of 196 poems by Rumi, previously unavailable in English. Translated by native Persian speakers, Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin, this collection will appeal to Rumi lovers everywhere.

This collection of mystical poetry focuses on one of life’s core issues: coming to grips with the inner life. During the course of life, each of us is engaged on an inner journey. Rumi’s Little Book of Life is a guidebook for that journey. The poetry is a companion for those who consciously enter the inner world to explore the gardens within – out of the everyday “world of dust” – through an ascending hierarchy that restores one’s soul to the heart; the heart of the spirit; and in finding spirit, transcending all.

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One of the marvels of the world is a soul in prison with the key in its hand covered with dust.

— Rumi

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

— Rumi

Open the window in the centre of your chest, and let the spirits fly in and out.

— Rumi

Open to me, so that I may open. Provide me with your inspiration. So that I may see mine.

— Rumi

Open your hands if you want to be held.

— Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.

— Rumi

Reason is powerless in the expression of love.

— Rumi

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.

— Rumi

Respond to every call that excites your spirit.

— Rumi

Silence is the language of God – all else is poor translation.

— Rumi

Sing to me in the silence of your heart and I will rise up to hear your triumphant song.

— Rumi

Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom & hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness.

— Rumi

That hurt we embrace becomes joy. Call it to your arms where it can change.

— Rumi

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.

— Rumi

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.

— Rumi

The outer is an elaboration of the inner.

— Rumi

The whole universe is inside you. Ask all from yourself.

— Rumi

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

— Rumi

There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket.

— Rumi

This is how I would die into the love I have for you. As pieces of cloud dissolve into the sunlight.

— Rumi

Through love, all pain will turn to medicine.

— Rumi

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.

— Rumi

We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.

— Rumi

We rarely hear the inward music, but we’re all dancing to it nevertheless.

— Rumi

What you seek is seeking you!

— Rumi

When the ocean surges, don’t let me just hear it. Let it splash inside my chest!

— Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

— Rumi

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

— Rumi

Why set your heart on a piece of earth? Seek out the source which shines forever.

— Rumi

Woman is a ray of God. She is not just the earthly beloved. She is creative, not created.

— Rumi
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