miércoles, 30 de marzo de 2011

From Sheykh Jelaluddin Rumi: Hidden Music

With love you cannot bargain there, the choice is not yours. Love is a mirror, it reflects only your essence, if you have the courage to look in its face.

To the parched lips of those who are wiling to surrender Love will bring the wine that changes darkness into vision, cruelty into compassion and dust into precious incense.
Love means to reach for the sky and with every breath to tear a hundred veils. Love means to step away from the ego, to open the eyes of inner vision and not to take this world so seriously.
Like a thief, reason sneaked in and sat amongst the lovers eager to give them advice. They were unwilling to listen, so reason kissed their feet and went on its way.
When you plant a tree every leaf that grows will tell you, what you sow will bear fruit. So if you have any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but love, you show your worth by what you seek. Water flows to those who want purity. Wash your hands of all desires and come to the table of love.
If you can’t smell the fragrance don’t come into the garden of Love. If you are unwilling to undress don’t enter into the stream of Truth. Stay where you are, don’t come our way.
From the health of the lovers, blood flows like a vast river. Our body is with windmill, and love, the water. Without water the mill cannot turn.
Can the essence and the scent be separate? Whisper to me intimately, like a lover for tenderness is rare in this world. It is difficult to convey the magic of love to those who are made of dust.
When you see the face of anger look behind it and you will see the face of pride. Bring anger and pride under your feet, turn them into a ladder and climb higher. There is no peace until you come their master. Let go of anger. It may taste sweet but it kills. Don’t become its victim, you need humility to climb to freedom.
There is a thread from the heart to the lips where the secret of life is woven. Words tear the thread but in silence the secrets speak.
Do you want me to tell you a secret? The flowers attract the most beautiful lover with their sweet smile and scent.
To find a pearl dive deep into the ocean, don’t look in the fountains. To find a peral you must emerge from the water of life always thirsty.
Do not be flattered by reason, reason is only the child of the mind. But true friendship is born out of love and is the water of life.
My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don’t harbour bad thoughts, do not gossip and don’t teach what you do not know.
Those who think the heart is only in the chest take two or three steps and they are content. The rosary, the prayer rug, and repentance are paths that they mistake for the destination.
Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot. Seek the path that demands your whole being. Leave that which is not, but appears to be, seek that which is, but is not apparent.
You are searching the world for treasures but the real treasure is yourself. If you are tempted by bread, you will find only bread. What you seek for you become.
Your earthly lover can be very charming and coquettish but never very faithful. The true lover is the one who on your final day opens a thousands doors.
First, lay down your head, then one by one let go of all distractions. Embrace the light and let it guide you beyond the winds of desire. There you will find a spring and nourished by its sweet waters like a tree you will bear fruits forever.
Why are you so afraid of silences, silence is the root of everything. If you spiral into its void a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear.
You have woken up late, lost and preplexed but don’t rush to your books looking for knowledge. Pick up a flute instead and let your heart play.
Do not look back my friend, no knows how the world ever began. Do not fear the future, nothing lasts forever. If you dwell on the past or the future you will miss the moment.

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