Sunday, September 2, 2007

Rumi...


A new month and a new calendar page by Matt Manley...the quote for September is...

'There is a voice that doesn't use words.' Rumi.

(The calendar is from Brush Dance.)



I wanted to find more quotes from Rumi, and ended up on Amazon.com at the Look Inside feature for some Rumi books. This is from a beautiful book The Illuminated Rumi by Coleman Barks, illustrated by Michael Green. Any typos are mine...

First...a print from Michael Green...


















This being human is a guest

house. Every morning

a new arrival.


A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.


Welcome and attend them all!

Even if they're a crowd of sorrow,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture, still,

treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out for some new delight.


The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing

and invite them in.


Be grateful for whoever comes

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.


Welcome difficulty.

Learn the alchemy True Human Beings know:

the moment you accept what troubles

you've been given, the door opens.


Welcome difficulty as a familiar

comrade. Joke with torment

brought by the Friend.


Sorrows are the rags of old clothes

and jackets that serve to cover

and then are taken off.


That undressing,

and the beautiful

naked body

underneath

is the sweetness

that comes

after grief.


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