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Rumi The Poet

Updated on April 12, 2011

The Illuminated Rumi

I love Rumi's poetry It has inspired me to like no other poet's poetry.

Who is he?
Jelaluddin Rumi was born in the region today known as Afghanistan in 1207. His family fled the Mogul invasion to Konya, Turkey where he spent most of his life.

Rumi following in his fathers ancestral line became a scholar until his meeting with the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz.

I am a poet and am drawn to Rumi's poetry like no other. There is something about what he speaks about in his poetry that I relate to, a language in his writings that I understand, that captures me. His passion, his love, his knowledge of the self attracts me and pulls me in. It speaks to my soul. Perhaps you too will fall in with Rumi's poetry as I have.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.

I'll meet you there.

“The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,

they're in each other all along.

I have phrases and whole pages memorized,

but nothing can be told of love.

My favorite book of his poetry is: The Illuminted Rumi by Coleman Barks.

It is inspirational and beautifully illustrated. This is a great coffee table book and where I keep mine.

“There is a candle in your heart,

ready to be kindled.

There is a void in your soul,

ready to be filled.

You feel it, don't you?

You feel the separation

from the Beloved.

Invite Him to fill you up,

embrace the fire.

Remind those who tell you otherwise that


comes to you of its own accord,

and the yearning for it

cannot be learned in any school

will drink wine night and day.

They will drink until they can

tear away the veils of intellect and

melt away the layers of shame and modesty.

When in Love,

body, mind, heart and soul don't even exist.

Become this,

fall in Love, and you will not be separated again.

Soul receives from soul that knowledge,

therefore not by book nor from tongue.

If knowledge of mysteries come after

emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart.

Everything in the universe is within you.

Ask all from yourself.

The Illuminated Rumi

“I have this book and love it. It is a great coffee table book and is filled with the inspirations of Rumi

Whatever pearl you seek,

look for the pearl within the pearl!

Love poems of Rumi - Deepak Chopra

I have this one and it is one of my favorites to read, full of love poems that sing to my heart

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

"Speak a new language

so that the world will be a new world."

"Love is the Water of Life."

"Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being."

"Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end."

My Poetry

Inspired by Rumi

Here is some samples of my poetry that Rumi's poetry inspired in me:

The Collective

Beauty becomes me

In the mystery of my soul

I hunger for what is not

Touched with the human hand

The mystical revelation

The shaman's song

The connection

We all long for

In this dance of intimacy

The learning

I discover

The many parts that make the whole

Encompassing the heart

Of humanity

In the palm of my hand

I reach the destination

Reborn by this epiphany

That deep down

In the center

Of myself


All others



You come

Full of kisses

A smile painted

On your face





My heart sings

To the sea

The songbird's majesty


I love you

Lying here next to me


The sun had set


With you

The sun still


Across the sky

Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.

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The poem on this poster is my poem " Endless Beauty". Rumi is my inspiration.

Here is one of my favorites

“The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,

they're in each other all along.

I have phrases and whole pages memorized,

but nothing can be told of love.

There is some kiss we want with

our whole lives, the touch of

spirit on the body. Seawater

begs the pearl to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately

it needs some wild darling! At

night, I open the window and ask

the moon to come and press its

face against mine. Breathe into

me. Close the language- door and

open the love window. The moon

won't use the door, only the window.

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy,

absentminded. Someone sober

will worry about things going badly.

Let the lover be.

You must wait until you and I

are living together.

In the conversation we'll have patient...then.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

A Year of Rumi - Daily readings

The heart has its own language.

The heart knows a hundred thousand

ways to speak.

Share your thoughts on Rumi's poetry - or share your favorite poem of his

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      RandySturridge 5 years ago

      The way in which you speak to the reader is awe inspiring. I enjoyed every bit of your lense. It was crafted so smoothly and your verbiage further enveloped the overall emotion that it provoked in me. Great work.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Very lovely tribute to Rumi the Poet, blessed by an angel on the bus :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Angel Blessed and lensrolled to Born to Be Angelic

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      Norbert Isles 6 years ago from Philippines

      Rumi is among my most loved poets - his poems touch my heart and soul, especially the mysticism and love in his lyrics. Thank you for this nice lens on Rumi.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens and great poetry.

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      LoKackl 6 years ago

      Thanks for bringing more Rumi poetry to light. Terrific! ...rolling to exhiliration-x-3

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      I love Rumi's poetry. It is simple yet profound. Great Lens.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Very nice

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      kougar lm 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I enjoyed every moment spent here,very inspiring. I love Rumi's poetry.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      I enjoy Rumi's poetry too. I have a small notebook with, ""Let the beauty of what you love be what you do" on it. Blessed.

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I love the quotes you listed here!

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Just revisiting this inspirational lens on Rumi. ** Blessed by a SquidAngel **

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Oh, so beautiful. His writing is very heartfelt. Good collection Patricia!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I was fortunate enough to see the Whirling Dervishes perform at a concert in New Westminster They were the authentic Dervishes, visiting Canada from Turkey. The energy in the room was incredible throughout their performances. I consider this to be one of my life's highlights.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      I absolutely adore Rumi. You have presented his work beautifully. OH, and thank you so much for the blessing on my frank sinatra love songs. :)

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      BarryKrost 9 years ago

      There is a candle in your heart.... Very beautiful. I really love Rumi. *****

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      Nobody 9 years ago from UK

      Excellent, interesting lens and great poetry.

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      ANDRI 9 years ago

      nice lens poetry five stars surely

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      Sensitive Fern 9 years ago

      I don't really know much about Rumi but I keep running into references to him. I saw a new novel at the library the other day about him that I think would be interesting to read. It's called "Rumi, the Fire of Love" by Nahal Tajadod. 5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very nice lens, some nice poems 5*****

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      monarch13 9 years ago

      one of my favorite poets. 5* and lensrolled with Maya Angelou.

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      Susanna Duffy 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Rumi is an inspiration. I found him a long time back, when I was experiencing grief, and always remember "At last you have departed and gone to the Unseen.What marvelous route did you take from this world? ..... Now the words are over and the pain they bring is gone. Now you have gone to rest

      in the arms of the Beloved." 5* for bring Rumi to a wider audience

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      Tammy Winand 9 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      Hi just found this in a search! lol

      5* to you

      Rumi is a very spiritually uplifting poet

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      Angelina 9 years ago from California

      very nice lens about a wondeful are a great pet as well 5*'s