Introduction By Doug Marman

Introduction By Doug Marman Recognized as perhaps the greatest mystical poet of Islam, Jalal al-Din Mohammad Balkhi Rumi (1207-1273) communicated something through his writing that…

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Discource 01 Rumi stated: Mohammed, the great Prophet, once said, “The worst of scholars are those who visit princes, and the best of princes are…

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Discourse 02 Someone said: “Our Master does not utter a word.” Rumi answered: Well, it was the thought of me that brought you to my…

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Discourse 03 The Amir said: “Night and day my heart and Soul are intent upon serving God, but because of my responsibilities with Mongol affairs…

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Discourse 04 Someone said: “There is something I have forgotten.” Rumi replied: There is one thing in this world that must never be forgotten. If…

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Discourse 05 The Amir, surprised by an unexpected visit from Rumi, said: “Master, how gracious of you to honor me in this way. I never…

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Discourse 06 Rumi said: These words are for the sake of those who need words to understand. But as for those who understand without words,…

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Discourse 07 The son of the Amir entered. Rumi said: Your father is always occupied with God. His faith is overwhelming, and reveals itself in…

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Discourse 08 Someone asked: “What is greater than prayer?” Rumi said: One answer is that the soul of prayer is greater than prayer, as I…

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Discourse 09 Someone said: “A man came who wanted to see you. He kept saying, ‘I wish I could have seen the Master.” Rumi said:…

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Discourse 10 The Amir said to Rumi: “Before you arrived just now, your eldest son, Baha al-Din, excused himself to me, saying, ‘My father said…

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Discourse 11 Rumi said: The saying, “Hearts bear witness to one another,” refers to a hidden reality. If all reality were openly revealed, what need…

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Discourse 12 After the Amir arrived, Rumi said: I’ve been longing to call on you. But, knowing you were busy with the interests of the…

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Discourse 13 Mohammed said, “The night is long, do not shorten it with your sleep. The day is bright, do not darken it with your…

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Discourse 14 Sheikh Ibrahim said: “Whenever Saif-al-Din Farrukh ordered someone to be given a beating, he would immediately occupy himself until the beating was over,…

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Discourse 15 Within people there is a longing and a desire such that, even if a hundred thousand worlds were theirs to own, still they…

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Discourse 16 Rumi said: Whoever is loved is beautiful, but this doesn’t mean that whoever is beautiful is loved. “There are girls more beautiful than…

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Discourse 17 The Amir of Rum said: “The unbelievers used to worship and bow down to idols. Now we are doing the selfsame thing. We…

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Discourse 18 Someone said: “Ibn Muqri recites the Koran correctly.” Rumi said: Yes, he recites the form of the Koran correctly, but he has no…

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Discourse 19 Rumi said: Someone said to Taj al-Din Quba’i, “These doctors of divinity live amongst us and deprive the people of their religious beliefs.”…

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Discourse 20 Rumi said: Night and day you are at war, attempting to reform the character of the opposite sex, to cleanse their impurity and…

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Discourse 21 Rumi said: Sharif Paysukhta has written: God dispenses Its grace, Indifferent to time and space, Itself, the Spirit of the Whole Is independent…

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Discourse 22 Rumi said to Ibn Chavish: The root of the matter is that you should guard against this backbiting when talking about Sheikh Salah…

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Discourse 23 Rumi said: I would like to go to Tuqat, for that region is warm. Although Antalya is warm, only a few people there…

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Discourse 24 People build these sacred monuments for a particular reason: either to display their generosity for the sake of fame, or to gain a…

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Discourse 25 Someone entered, and Rumi said: He is beloved and humble, like a branch loaded with fruit – the fruit weighs it down. A…

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Discourse 26 Rumi said: If I appear lacking in gratitude and appreciation for the kindness and support you show me, both directly and indirectly, it…

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Discourse 27 It is better not to question what Sufis say, since this obliges them to invent a lie. For if a materialist questions a…

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Discourse 28 The long entreating prayer-song of seekers and travelers tells a story of lives occupied in labor and devotion with each effort assigned to…

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Discourse 29 A Christian by the name of al-Jarrah said: “A number of Sheik Sadr al-Din’s companions drank with me, and they said, “Jesus is…

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Discourse 30 There are heads that are adorned by crowns of gold, and there are heads whose beautiful curls are merely hidden by jewels and…

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Discourse 31 The police are always in search of thieves to capture, and thieves are always running away. It is rare indeed to find a…

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Discourse 32 Knowingness is the perfect Sheik. Inspired and true thoughts are His disciples ranked according to God’s closeness to them. As each thought expands…

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Discourse 33 Everyone is in the midst of their own need. No living creature can be separated from its need. “Their need cleaves to them…

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Discourse 34 Rumi said: I saw our friend in a dream in the form of a wild animal with the skin of a fox upon…

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Discourse 35 I am amazed by those who know the Koran by heart yet understand nothing of the spiritual states of the Sufis. As the…

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Discourse 36 All forms spring from Love, as branches spring forth from their root. No branch can exist without its root. Therefore, God is not…

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Discourse 37 Rumi said: The stories that have been spread against this girl are lies and should go no further. But I can see that…

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Discourse 38 The Prophet was seated with his Companions. Some unbelievers began to denounce and lecture him. He said, “Well, you all agree there is…

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Discourse 39 Husam al-Din Arzanjani, before entering the service and society of dervishes, was a great debater. Wherever he went, he engaged vigorously in argument…

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Discourse 40 Jauhar, the Sultan’s servant, said, “We have been told that we must repeat the Muslim credo five times during our lifetime. What if…

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Discourse 41 We are like bowls on the surface of the water. The direction a bowl moves is controlled not by the bowl, but by…

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Discourse 42 People who are interested in their scholarly studies think that if they faithfully attend our meetings they will forget and lose all they…

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Discourse 43 Our friend, Saif al-Bukhari has gone to Egypt. Everyone likes a mirror, and is in love with reflections of their own attributes and…

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Discourse 44 Everyone who sets out on a journey has a particular idea in mind: “Once I arrive I will be able to gain advantages…

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Discourse 45 Rumi asked: What is the name of that youth? Someone said: “Saif al-Din (“Sword of the Faith”). Rumi said: No one can judge…

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Discourse 46 Sheikh Ibrahim is a noble dervish. When we see him, we are reminded of our beloved friends. Our Master Shams used to refer…

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Discourse 47 God wills both good and evil, but only blesses the good. His Law both commands and prohibits, but commandment is only valid when…

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Discourse 48 When God loves people He afflicts them. If they endure with fortitude, He chooses them. If they are grateful, He elects them. Some…

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Discourse 49 Rumi said: A man was leading the prayers, and chanted from the Koran: “The Bedouins are stubborn in unbelief and hypocrisy.” By chance a…

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Discourse 50 Someone said: “We have studied all aspects of the human condition one by one, and not so much as a single hair-tip of…

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Discourse 51 Rumi said: Until you see, how can you find? This is true for all but Lovers: For how can they seek the Beloved,…

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Discourse 52 Rumi was asked the meaning of the following lines: When love attains its ultimate goal Desire turns to dislike. Rumi explained: Dislike is…

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Discourse 53 Rumi was asked the meaning of the following lines from his Masnavi: You are that very thought, my brother: Those bones and nerves…

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Discourse 54 Rumi said: When I first began composing poetry, a great urge compelled me. At that time the urge was strong. Now the desire…

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Discourse 55 omeone said: “Qadi Izz al-Din sends his greetings, and always speaks of you in the most approving terms.” Rumi answered: Whoever remembers us,…

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Discourse 56 umi said: You are now experiencing happiness. Why? Because the mind is a delicate thing, and like a snare it was properly set…

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Discourse 57 Akmal al-Din said: “I love our Master and desire to see him. Even heaven is blotted out of my mind. I find comfort…

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Discourse 58 Rumi related: A certain Gnostic once said, “I went to the baths to expand my heart, since the baths had become the place…

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Discourse 59 Someone said, “The astronomers say: You claim there is something beyond the heavens and this terrestrial ball. We believe, apart from what we…

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