Hello Rumi Tuesday: Set the Soul Free!

Hello Rumi Tuesday: Set the Soul Free! May 30, 2018

Hello Rumi Tuesday

‘Moving Water’


Jalal al-Din Rumi


“When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

When actions come from another section,
the feeling disappears.

Don’t let others lead you.
They may be blind or, worse, vultures.

Reach for the rope of God. And what is that?
Putting aside self-will.

Because of willfulness, people sit in jail,
the trapped birds wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

The anger of police is willfulness.
You’ve seen a magistrate inflict visible punishment.

Now see the invisible.
If you could leave your selfishness, you would see
how you’ve been torturing your soul.

We are born and live inside black water in a well.
How could we know what an open field of sunlight is?

Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go.
Ask the way to the spring.

Your living pieces will form a harmony.
There is a moving palace that floats in the air
with balconies and clear water flowing through,
infinity everywhere, yet contained
under a single tent.”

-Jalal al-Din Rumi

Hold on to something greater, something stronger
than your own will. Turn to the Essence of the One
for guidance and direction about matters in your
everyday life. Allow the Essence to direct you to
what would truly quench the thirst of the soul
instead of the ego. Allow the ego to be set
aside, making room for the soul to fly.

Source: courtesty of Coleman Barks, The Essential Rumi.
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