The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Sufism

Silence is a language

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

-Rumi

 
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Empty boats

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Sufi Story 💞

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A monk decided to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He took his boat out to the middle of the lake, moored it there, closed his eyes and began meditating. After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly felt the bump of another boat colliding with his own.
With his eyes still closed, he felt his anger rising, and by the time he opened his eyes, he was ready to scream at the boatman who had so carelessly disturbed his meditation. But when he opened his eyes, he was surprised to find that it was an empty boat that had struck his own. It had probably gotten untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.
At that moment, the monk had a great realization. He understood that the anger was within him; it merely needed the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him. From then on, whenever he came across someone who irritated him or provoked him to anger, he would remind himself, that the other person was merely an empty boat, the anger was within him.


Change

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

Rumi

With thanks to Yvon at http://ivonprefontaine.com

 


I was snow

I was snow, I melted in your rays The earth drank me: mist, now, and pure spirit, I climb back to the Sun.

Jalal-ud-Din Rumi

Source: Martina Baker


Thank before having what you want

Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. Even if all the doors are closed, a secret path will be there for you that no one knows. You can’t see it yet but so many paradises are at the end of this path. Be grateful! It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, thank before having what you want.

~ Shams Tabrizi — with Seema Yasmin Mujtaba, Nirmal Thadhani, Terry Simonetti and 20 others.

Source: Rumi


Work in the invisible world

Source: Rumi The Master of Love


Shine


“Shine like the whole universe is yours.”
― Rumi