Love is experienced and expressed in countless forms and flavors. Rumi, a 13th century mystical Persian poet, speaks of the different colours of love through his timeless poetry. He lives on through the beautiful magic he weaves in his poems. Rumi’s work highlights the form of love which is unbounded by a definite shape, a love transcendental to all boundaries. Through his verses, he shows us love of a higher form which dismantles our common conceptions of the subject. Here are some of the excerpts from the poetry of Rumi that will stir the deepest reaches of your soul.
#1. 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.
#2. In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
#3. You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.
#4. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
#5. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
#6. Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty.
#7. Come on, sweetheart let’s adore one another before there is no more of you and me.
#8. Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
#9. Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
#10. If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
#11. Love risks everything and asks for nothing.
#12. It’s too bad that you want to be someone else. You don’t see your own face, your own beauty. Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.
#13. The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
#14. Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about.
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