‘Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the worlds.’ ― Rumi "The enlightened soul is an illuminated one... All Sufi seekers work toward this one goal alone – to realise their inner light and shine it bright on all around them. As a result, the Sufi seeker’s immaculate soul radiates light, and allows others to come into their light too."
"I sent my soul into the invisible, Some letter of that after life to spell. And by and by my soul returned to me And answered, I myself am heaven and hell." - Omar Khayyam The soul is eternal, the soul is invincible... The soul is a Divine union of today and tomorrow, of many and none, of life and death. No matter how many shapes and forms we take in our many lifetimes, the soul has an unchanging illuminative quality, that continues to shine and absorb everything around it, ultimately merging into nothingness...into blackness!
"‘Tell me the truth,’ I asked love. ‘What are you?’ ‘I am the everlasting life,’ love said, I am the recurring joy of living.’" - Rumi "Love is life itself, everlasting life, that brings joy to every occasion. And life too would be incomplete without love, less lyrical, less poetic, less fascinating. It would be plenty of blue, with no red!"
"‘You could string a hundred endless days together, My soul would find no comfort from this pain. You laugh at my tale? You may be educated But you haven’t learned to love till you’re insane’" ― Rumi "The love the Sufi soul feels for his Beloved, or God, is so deep and ‘insane’ that no matter how many days go by, he still feels the same longing and intensity…whirling away to find union with Him. The Sufi soul gets broken several times, but his focus keeps him centered, bringing him back to his main spiritual purpose. His multiple movements finally merge into a meditative dot at the center, or Sifar, where he unites peacefully with his God."
"“Into my heart’s night Along a narrow way I groped; and lo! the light, An infinite land of day.” ― Rumi "Abundance is not found outside of the seeker, but within. And every time he thinks there's darkness, all he needs to do is peek into that place of infinity within him...that place of enormous brightness, just like land that is lit up by the light of day!
"“There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there’s another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity.” - Rumi "It is the fragrance of love that the Sufi soul seeks, rest everything is mere existence, breathing to continue life's mundane activities. Love is the way to experience divinity, infinity...and even a whiff of its fragrance is enough.
Who knows his soul knows his Lord. – Rumi To be wakeful to one’s soul and its inner calling is to be wakeful to God. The Sufi soul is always looking for ways to immerse himself in Him. He whirls in ecstasy surrendering every part of his being in devotion and love for the higher force.
"“I will be waiting here…. For your silence to break, For your soul to shake, For your love to wake!” - Rumi "The wait for God is always a gentle peaceful one... Just like the dove that reminds us to keep the faith and live in harmony no matter how challenging our circumstances. The dove is not just a symbol of peace, but a symbol to aspire to all the goodness and purity that still exists on earth.
"“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.” – Rumi
"The meeting with the Divine may be a brief one but its impact stays on the seeker's soul forever. A divine meeting may be a tiny fleeting experience, compared to the time taken to devote oneself and prepare for that meeting... But once the meeting transpires, the seeker is transformed forever!
‘The pure heart is a spotless mirror in which images of infinite beauty are reflected.’ – Rumi A pure heart is one devoid of all worldly desires - good and evil, heaven and hell, past and future... Into this pure heart, divinity enters, and appreciates beauty in its many forms!
‘I am lost in God and God is found in me’ - Rumi "The Sufi is passionate in his devotion... So passionate that there are no traces of himself left when he dances, prays and surrenders to the Divine. In that ecstatic state of surrender, the Sufi soul is completely ‘lost in God.’ When lost in God, nothing else is desired by him... Because everything the Sufi soul seeks is now found within – happiness, joy, contentment, love, even God."
‘Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming.’ – Rumi Darkness brings with it fear and anxiety. But darkness also gives us moments of stillness to listen to our heart beats, to come face to face with our worries, and to take time out to recharge to face a new dawn with grace and courage. A time of waiting is thus also a time of resting, helping us embrace joy with open arms once again.
"“The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.” - Rumi
"During springtime, we see a splash of colors... A joyous time that has its effect on the seeker too. But for the seeker, the ultimate is to move beyond anything in the external world - whether its joy or sorrow, spring or autumn, he should rise above all in an equanimous state, focusing only on becoming one with the Divine.
"I was dead; I became alive. I was tears; I became laughter. The power of love arrived and made me everlasting power!" - Rumi
"“This is a gathering of Lovers. In this gathering There is no high, no low, No smart, no ignorant, No special assembly, No grand discourse, No proper schooling required. There is no master, no disciple.” - Rumi "The gathering of Lovers is but a gathering of seekers, whose only aim is to unite with the Divine. In this endeavour, they lose all traces of themselves - who they are and where they have come from. What keeps them together is that they are companions -united in their quest for the Divine.
‘As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.’ – Rumi No one knows what lies on the horizon… But we are free to dream…to create whatever we desire… and walk on a path of our own choosing. The path may not be clear yet, and may be filled with challenges, but surrender we must, just like the Sufi, who immerses himself completely in devotion to his Beloved
"God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one” ― Rumi He is always present - in good times and bad, in sorrow and joy, Spring and Autumn. Why then do we feel that we walk alone? When it is merely He who is creating every experience for us, every moment that takes us closer to Him, helping us fly beyond all of life's dualities, to experience Divine Oneness.
"“My Soul is my Guide, for my Soul is of that Abode I will not Speak of the Earthly, I am of the Unknown.” - Rumi The seeker's quest is an unknown one, but he seeks nevertheless, with full faith that it is not on earth that he will get salvation, but beyond it, in the unknown. All he needs to do is listen to his soul, follow what it says, and walk surely and steadily toward his ultimate destination, a destination that may be unknown, but a destination that is his final Abode!