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“You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the ocean in a drop.” 

Quotes from Rumi (A symphony of love in the midst of war)

“You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the ocean in a drop.”

 “Love is the bridge between you and everything.”

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

“However much we describe and explain love, when we fall in love, we are ashamed of our words.”

“If you find Me not within you, you will never find Me.

“I have been with you, from the beginning of Me.”

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”

“A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.”

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”

“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.”

“I closed my lips. I was silent. So, I spoke to him in a thousand languages”

“The lover visible and the Beloved invisible, Whoever saw such a love all the world?”

“I looked for Him in temples, churches, and mosques. I found Him within my own heart.”

“You searched the whole world for life, Yet in your own heart you will die. You were born in the blissful arms of union, Yet alone you will die.”

“Appear as you are, Be as you appear.”

“I am a bird of the heavenly garden, I belong not the earthly sphere, They have made for two or three days, A cage for my body.

“The presence of a friend of God is a book and even more. The book of the Sufi is not written with ink and letters. It is only a heart, White like snow.

“What can I do, Muslims? I do not know myself.
I am neither Christian nor Jew, neither Magian nor Muslim,
I am not from east or west, not from land or sea,
not from the shafts of nature nor from the spheres of the firmament,
not of the earth, not of water, not of air, not of fire.
I am not from the highest heaven, not from this world,
not from existence, not from being.
I am not from India, not from China, not from Bulgar, not from Saqsin,
not from the realm of the two Iraqs, not from the land of Khurasan.
I am not from the world, not from beyond,
not from heaven and not from hell.
I am not from Adam, not from Eve, not from paradise and not from Ridwan.
My place is placeless, my trace is traceless,
no body, no soul, I am from the soul of souls.
I have chased out duality, lived the two worlds as one.
One I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call.
He is the first, he is the last, he is the outer, he is the inner.
Beyond He and He is I know no other.
I am drunk from the cup of love, the two worlds have escaped me.
I have no concern but carouse and rapture.
If one day in my life I spend a moment without you
from that hour and that time I would repent my life.
If one day I am given a moment in solitude with you
I will trample the two worlds underfoot and dance forever.
O Sun of Tabriz, I am so tipsy here in this world,
I have no tale to tell but tipsiness and rapture.”

The Context of Rumi’s poems

1207 Birth of Jalaluddin Rum

1210 Ibn al Arabi arrives in Konya

1212 The al Mohads defeated at the battle of Las Novas de Talosa in Spain

1217 The Fifth Crusade aimed at the capture of Egypt

1219 Genghiz Khan invades Khorasan

1221 Genghiz Khan destroys Samarqand, Bokhara, Nishapur, Herat, Ghazna and much of Central and West Asia

1236 The Crusaders capture Cordoba, capital of Muslim spain

1248 The Crusaders capture Seville

1258 Hulagu Khan destroys Baghdad

1273 Rumi passes away in Konya, Turkey