Rumi has been a great source of inspiration to me recently.

Why didn’t someone tell me about Rumi sooner!? Reading Rumi is like a religious experience, a handbook for writers, and therapy all wrapped up in one. It is a lesson in condensed, exquisite poetry . The most powerful epiphany lies in a single couplet; in Rumi, a handful of words holds the universe.

You were born with potential
You were born with goodness and trust
You were born with ideals and dreams
You were born with greatness
You were born with wings
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings
Learn to use them, and fly.

– Rumi

Here are a couple of examples of some of his two or three line gems:

They are the chosen ones who have surrendered.
Once they were particles of light
now they are the radiant sun.

And another:

To search for God with logical proof
is like searching for the Sun with a Lamp.

Oh and if you’re a poet, I hear the Barks translation is it.


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