My Heart – Rumi

My heart, sit only with those 
who know and understand you.

Sit only under a tree
that is full of blossoms.

In the bazaar of herbs and potions
don’t wander aimlessly
find the shop with a potion that is sweet.
If you don’t have a measure
people will rob you in no time.

You will take counterfeit coins
thinking they are real.

Don’t fill your bowl with food from
every boiling pot you see.

Not every joke is humorous, so don’t search
for meaning where there isn’t one.

Not every eye can see,
not every sea is full of pearls.

My heart, sing the song of longing
like a nightingale.
The sound of your voice casts a spell
on every stone, on every thorn.

First, lay down your head
then one by one
let go of all distractions.
Embrace the light and let it guide you
beyond the wind of desires.
There you will find a spring and
nourished by its sweet water
like a tree you will bear fruit forever.

Jalaluddin Rumi was a 13th-century poet, jurist, scholar and theologian. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages. The major themes of his poems are LOVE for God, spiritual states and progression.

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