Reading a Rumi quote is a wonderful experience. Most of these quotes seem wise, and therefore out of this world. Even if you don’t get it, you can’t help feeling that there is a grand vision in these quotes, a meaning that’s close, yet just out of reach, just like any good piece of poetry.
So you read it again, and you start analyzing. What this man must have gone through, what went on in that mind, that he came up with such gems. More often than not, you find an acceptable reasoning. Following are some of the quotes that have been researched and analyzed to satisfaction, presented for your perusal.
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
And turn into water?
What Rumi is trying to say here is –
you could wash yourself of yourself,
but you wouldn’t be the same.
Washing changes the person.
But did Rumi hate to take baths?
The next quote might shed more light on the subject.
Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and the stars mirrored in your own being.
That’s what Rumi told his friends
when they dared him to dive into the troubled waters.
They were used to Rumi talking to them in quotes and didn’t give it any importance.
This quote is appreciated years later,
when water bodies became inaccessible,
and people started seeing things,
hearing inner voices, of their being,
locked up alone.
Anyways, coming back to Rumi, he must have succumbed to what his friends judged him to be. He had to write himself out of the situation.
Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
This is clever and loosely translates to:
dont be a dud,
its okay if you are selfish and lazy.
the universe is after all – just you,
and its already ecstatic with movement,
Rumi did, for only then one can come up with such wonderful quotes, but he fell in love? It surely happens to the lazy and the selfish more than others.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
This is a difficult one to explain,
because its purely anecdotal.
Young Rumi loved a girl and wrote her a verse every Friday night [note: he didnt write daily!]
Even though the girl didn’t understand the content, she grasped the intent and asked him to meet her.
Rumi went running to Shams for permission, and of course that meeting was not to be.
A disappointed Rumi wrote this [very reusable] quote.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Well pain follows,
because nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.
Also, by corollary,
if you are in a really dark place,
you won’t get any wound,
not until you switch on the light.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Rumi might have meant something wonderful, but for the modern man this sums up corporate life.
You sell your skills and talents
and buy bewilderment,
about why they wont give you a hike or a promotion.
The modern man follows Rumi’s quotes without realizing it?
Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?
Of all the quotes, this one stands out due to its overtly metaphorical tone,
because if you are in a prison
and the door is wide open,
its always a bad idea to step out.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
What’s wrong and what’s right is subjective, like this in-depth analysis.
Therefore it doesn’t matter where we meet,
could be a field, or to be more sensible cafe,
what really matters is the grass,
of which you take so much that your soul lies down,
and once that happens,
then not just the world,
you wont feel like talking about anything.
I must stop too.