Friday, September 28, 2007

Walk out of your house like a shepherd

Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder.
Help someone's soul heal.
Walk out of your house like a shepherd.
-Jalaluddin Rumi, poet and mystic

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ancient Wisdom

To use bitter words, when kind words are at hand
is like picking unripe fruit when the ripe fruit is there.
-Thiruvalluvar, poet (c. 1st century BCE or 6th century CE)

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

I tried to find Him

I tried to find Him on the Christian cross,
but He was not there;

I went to the temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas,
but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere.

I searched on the mountains and in the valleys,
but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him.

I went to the Kaaba in Mecca, but He was not there either.

I questioned the scholars and philosophers,
but He was beyond their understanding.

I then looked into my heart,
and it was there where He dwelled that I saw Him;
He was nowhere else to be found.

-Jalaluddin Rumi, poet and mystic (1207-1273)