Jun 05 2012

Reading Rumi

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36
When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep.

Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.

116
Take someone who doesn’t keep score,
who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,
who has not the slightest interest even
in his own personality: He’s free.

158
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in the grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 
each other
doesn’t make any sense.

388
I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life.

Now my loving is running toward my life shouting,
What a bargain, let’s buy it.

497
Who sees inside from outside?
Who finds hundreds of mysteries
even when minds are deranged?

See through his eyes what he sees.
Who then is looking out from his eyes?

511
The clear bead at the center changes everything.
There are no edges to my loving now.

I’ve heard it said there’s a window that opens
from one mind to another,

but if there’s no wall, there’s no need
for fitting the window, or the latch.

674
You don’t have “bad” days and “good” days.
You don’t sometimes feel brilliant and sometimes dumb.
There’s no studying, no scholarly thinking having to do with love,
but there is a great deal of plotting, and secret touching,
and nights you can’t remember at all.

686
The sufi opens his hands to the universe
and gives away each instant, free.
Unlike someone who begs on the street for money to survive,
a dervish begs to give you his life.

747
There’s a strange frenzy in my head,
of birds flying,
each particle circulating on its own.
Is the one I love 
everywhere?

1245
Since we’ve seen each other, a game goes on.
Secretly, I move, and you respond.
You’re winning, you think it’s funny.

But look up from the board now, look how
I’ve brought furniture to this invisible place,
so we can live here.

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