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30 September 2010

Today is Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī’s birthday. If you know nothing of Rumi, he was a 13th century Persian Sufi (i.e. an Islamic mystic) who wrote some of the most exquisite love poetry ever conceived. “Love poetry from a mystic?” you might ask. Mystics are usually known by their ascetic lifestyles, and usually don’t allow for love. But what Rumi encountered when he reached the Divine was not only the Unnameable Other, but the love that poured forth from it. If nothing else, Rumi’s religious conviction was that love is supreme. And that is why Christians often wish he had been one of theirs.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Hold on to the reigns of love and don’t be afraid.
Hold on the real behind the false and don’t be afraid.
You must know-
That the Beloved you seek is none other than you.
Hold onto this truth and don’t be afraid.

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