Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was a great man whose words and lessons touched the lives of millions of people for centuries after his death. He was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic Scholar, theologian, jurist and Sufi mystic. Below are a few of Rumi’s inspiring and life changing lessons.
1. The most important thing you can change in the world is yourself.
‘Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.’
2. Value and take care of your soul.
‘You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s foolishness.’
3. Gratitude has hidden miracles. Be grateful for both the positive and negative in your life.
‘If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?’
‘Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.’
‘Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.’
‘What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.’
4. Silence your mind, stop worrying and put your thoughts to sleep.
‘Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.’
‘Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?’
5. Living your life doing things you are not passionate about does not bring you joy. Do what you love doing and do it with a heart full of love.
‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.’
‘Let the beauty we love be what we do.’
6. We are all special and unique.
‘Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.’
7. You are what you think of yourself. Stop acting so small. Don’t crawl, spread your wings and fly!
‘You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.’
WE ALL HAVE A JOURNEY IN LIFE. SOMETIMES OUR PATHS ARE ROCKY; SOMETIMES THEY ARE SMOOTH. WHEN OUR PATH IS ROUGH AND WE FALL, WE ALWAYS HAVE THE CHOICE TO STAND TALL AGAIN. WHEN IT’S SOFT, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ON THE OTHER PATH WE CAN HELP.