Sunday, October 9, 2011

You Make A Hundred Resolutions by RUMI

Here are some words from a master, pain has always been the path to redemption in sufi and mystic literature.
You Make A Hundred Resolutions
by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi; an explanation on how personal failures connect you to God taken from The Masnavi
You make a hundred resolutions to journey somewhere, 
but He draws you somewhere else.
He turns the horse’s bridle in every direction
so that the untrained horse may know there is a rider.
The clever horse is well paced 
because it knows a rider is mounted upon it.
He fixed your heart on a hundred passionate desires,
disappointed you, and then broke your heart.
Since He broke the wings of your first intention, 
how do you doubt the existence of the Wing-breaker?
Since His ordainment snapped the cord of your contrivance, 
how can you remain blind to His Command?
Your resolutions and aims now and then are fulfilled 
so that through hope your heart
might form another intention
which He might once again destroy.
For if He were to keep you completely from success, 
you would despair:
how would the seed of expectation be sown?
If your heart did not sow that seed, 
and then encounter barrenness,
how would it recognize its submission to Divine will?
By their failures lovers are made aware of their Lord.
Lack of success is the guide to Paradise : 
Pay attention to the tradition,
” Paradise is encompassed with pain.”


  1. My prayer is answered. God is co-pilot. Thanks for the reminder, Rumi! :)

  2. Where I am.

    You cry: “Where are you?”
    I say: “I live in Love.”
    You sob: “Where is Love?
    Where can it be?”
    “It’s close”, I reply:
    “’Cause Love lives in me.”

    You cry: “Where are you?”
    I say: “I am in Love.”
    You sob: “Where is Love?
    Can I go there too?”
    “Of course!”, I reply:
    “’Cause Love lives in you.”


  3. The many faces of Love.

    If Love relies on nature; Then so do we.
    If Love relies on reason; Then so do we.
    If Love relies on rule; Then so do we.
    If Love relies on law; Then so do we.
    If Love relies on habit; Then so do we.
    If Love relies on gender; Then so do we.
    If Love relies on friends; Then so do we.
    If Love relies on kin; Then so do we.
    But if I rely on Love, Love relies on me.


  4. very nice seems to have come straight from the heart

  5. Thank you Safoora.

    "Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: "Fool!" said my muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.""
    ~ Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

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