From Your Soul
Topic: Immanence & Transcendence
When you do things from your soul,you feel a river moving in you, a joy.When actions come from another section,the feeling disappears.Don’t let others lead you. They may be blind,or worse, vultures. Reach for the ropeof God. And what is that?Putting aside self-will.Because of willfulness people sit in jail.From willfulness, the trapped birds’ wings are tied.From willfulness, the fish sizzles in the skillet.The anger of police is willfulness.You’ve seen a magistrate inflict visible punishment.Now see the invisible.If you could leave selfishness, you would seehow your soul has been tortured.We are born and live inside black water in a well.How could we know what an open field of sunlight is?Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go.Ask the way to the Spring.Your living pieces will form a harmony.There is a moving palace that floats through the air,with balconies and clear water running in every part of it,infinity everywhere, yet contained under a single tent.
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi [Jalal al-Din Rumi, Maulana] 1207-1273.
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), also named Mawlānā, which means Our Master, is one of the Islamic world's greatest poets. He is usually known in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi. He was a Sufi mystic, philosopher and lover of humanity. His followers began a school of mysticism to encourage and celebrate his teachings—the Sufi branch known to many Westerners as the 'Whirling Dervishes', but whose proper name is the Mevlevi order.
Rūmī Jalāl al-Dīn. The Essential Rumi. Translated by Coleman Barks, HarperCollins, 2004 [Moving Water by J. M. Rumi].
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
Love Makes All the Difference: An Introduction to Rumi, by Jason Espada
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