Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

Rule 1

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.

 

Rule 2

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.

 

Rule 3

You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. ...more

Neale Donald Walsch // Here, in 1,000 words, is all that the human race needs to live:

(1) We are all One. All things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing There Is. This means that you are Divine. You are not your body, you are not your mind, and you are not your soul. You are the unique combination of all three, which comprises the Totality Of You. You are an individuation of Divinity; an expression of God on Earth.
(2) There’s enough. It is not necessary to compete for, much less fight over, your resources. All you have to do is share.
(3) There’s nothing you have to do. ...more

It is in It or It is what It is – An Intro to Rumi by Doug Marman

100dpi Red R (B&W) 40Br.gif (5256 bytes)ecognized as perhaps the greatest mystical poet of Islam, Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) communicated something through his writing that has attracted spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world, for hundreds of years. Even in his day, Rumi was sought out by merchants and kings, devout worshippers and rebellious seekers, famous scholars and common peasants, men and women. At his funeral, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Arabs, Persians, Turks and Romans honored him. Listen to his call for seekers of truth:

Come, come, whoever you are.

Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow

a hundred times. ...more

Dover Island, by Matthew Arnold 1822–1888

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in. ...more

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul ‘of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light. ...more

Quotable Quotes – some are inspirational, some are funny, and some are just plain bad.

 

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child. -Ron WildWe do not see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Talmudic Saying

Friends: People who know you well, but like you anyway.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.- William Kant

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. -Bertrand Russell

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate. -Elbert Hubbard

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ...more