May 4, 2012
March 30, 2012
The forms may change,
yet the essence remains the same.
January 20, 2012
Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Sit, be still, and listen,
because you’re drunk
and we’re at
the edge of the roof.
We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.
Silence is the language of God,
all else is poor translation.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Be like the sun for grace and mercy.
Be like the night to cover others’ faults.
Be like running water for generosity.
Be like death for rage and anger.
Be like the Earth for modesty.
Appear as you are.
Be as you appear.
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.
Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere?
The way you make love is the way God will be with you.
In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.
All quotes by Rumi
All photographs by Robert Doisneau