April 27, 2023

The Essential Rumi

In honor of National Poetry Month, I finally read/listened to The Essential Rumi. The new expanded edition has 80+ never before published poems. In lieu of a review, I am sharing ten (10) favorite quotes from this lyrical poetry that flows like a song. 
All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there. ~ pg. 2

No one is grown up except those free of desire. ~ pg. 4

God has made sleep so that it erases every thought. ~ pg. 6

The only real rest comes when you're alone with God. ~ pg. 75

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along. ~ pg. 106

Miracles overwhelm unbelief. ~ pg. 149

When ink joins with a pen, then the blank paper can say something. ~ pg. 247

When you learn a craft, practice it. That learning comes through the hands. ~ pg. 255

Don't make the body do what the spirit does best, and don't put a big load on the spirit that the body could carry easily. ~ pg. 256

A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you. ~ pg. 260  

Title: The Essential Rumi
Author: Rumi w/translators
Published: July 2018
Pages: 388 / 9hr 24m 
Edition: eBook / Audiobook
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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