Rumi’s words, his verses and his poetry has always inspired me. Its moved me at the soul level. Its made me understand so many of life’s truths that sometimes when I sit to soak in his words, I am astounded by what they reveal. You can read the same poetry a hundred times over and each time you will come to understand another layer of the wisdom it offers. Amazing right?!
I was introduced to Rumi by my very brilliant dad. He loved all things poetry and I was always surrounded by books and debates discussing essential life philosophy. I started reading Rumi when I was just 12 years old! While other girls my age read Nancy Drews I was reading Rumi and Gibran…go figure 🙂 I obviously couldn’t process Rumi’s words at the time, but I loved how his words calmed me. Dad would often quote Rumi in his day to day interactions. He would quote him in Urdu, Farsi and English. All these years of being exposed to this Sufi wisdom tends to rub off 🙂
Today I want to share with you some of the life lessons I have learnt from Rumi’s wisdom so that you too may benefit from it and stay inspired:
6 Timeless and Positive Life Lessons from #RUMI
1) IT’S THE INNER BONDING THAT MATTERS
“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” ~ Rumi
While growing up we are all trained to behave a certain way. How this or that is acceptable or unacceptable behaviour. How this or that is the acceptable or unacceptable thing to say. On focusing on the outer cover of ourselves, we conveniently forget that its not what is on the outside that makes memories, its the feeling, the bond that one smile can create that literally lasts a lifetime. I still remember the smile of one distinguished old man when I was traveling many years back. It was SO crowded I could hardly breathe, but amidst it all that smile came through and made me feel like ‘everything is fine.’ Its only after the journey ended that I had a chance to catch up with the old man who came forward to to tell me that I reminded him of his grand daughter. We are still in touch.
2) DO WHAT YOU LOVE
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Rumi
Loving what you do and doing what you love is the fuel that keeps us happy. Ask a person who is stuck in a job he or she doesn’t love and you will know what I mean. No matter which job or position you are stuck in, remember that there is always hope and that what you love will eventually BE what you do. Don’t ever let those dreams die in the rubble of societal pressures. Let those dreams of what you love motivate you to slowly but steadily work towards that goal. When we are guided by what we love, it will always create success and happiness.
3) HURT IS A BLESSING
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ~ Rumi
Our lifetimes are full of ups and downs. We each have to go through our downs in order to truly cherish our Ups. Its very easy to fall prey of the negative spiral that a hurting heart can bring about. But its far more rewarding to learn from that hurting heart. What doesn’t break you only makes you stronger and wiser. Think of all the times you have been hurt as a blessing in disguise…cause if it wasn’t for that experience you wouldn’t have become the evolved soul you are today. Darkness is NOT something to be scared of when you have a bright heart that has been blessed with wisdom from past hurts. Today, I am thankful for all my past scars, because if it wasn’t for those scars I wouldn’t be who I am today.
4) LOVE WITH HEART AND SOUL
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” ~ Rumi
Over the years we all come in and out of relationships. Some relationships last while some fade away over time. The reasons for the fading relationships might not be happy ones but were essential to that point in your life. Many a times, distance, space and life in general get in the way of our important relationships. But, a connection that is heart to heart lasts no matter what. You might not talk for a while, you might not meet for a while ….but when you do meet or talk, its like no time has passed at all. That’s the beauty of heart connections. Its the beauty of loving with heart and soul. The pull of love transcends borders, transcends time and transcends superficial negativity. When you love with your heart there is indeed no separation.
5) CHANGE YOURSELF TO CHANGE THE WORLD
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.’ ~ Rumi
It has become a nasty habit of sorts to shove the blame onto someone else for literally everything. We hardly take ownership of our own actions, let alone taking responsibility of the actions of our community, country or world. Its ironic cause WE actually make up this community, this world and are still so happy to push blames for anything and everything that goes wrong with it. We sit on our high horse and pass judgment on the passerby who threw a chocolate wrapper on the road, but dare we get off that high horse to pick up the wrapper ourself. We talk but we don’t do. I have come to learn that if I want create positive change in my world, it HAS TO begin with me. I have to teach by example rather than by my snappy judgment. Yesterday evening when I was out for my evening walk, the girl walking in front of me threw an empty juice box on the floor and kept on walking. I simply picked the empty box and threw it in the garbage can which was two steps away. Since its a small walking garden, she saw me do that and came over running to help. Involuntarily another 6 people joined in and cleaned up the whole area. And I didn’t even have to say a word. We just hugged and parted after the half hour walk.
6) BE GRATEFUL FOR EVERYONE
“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ~ Rumi
Very recently, in a conversation with a dear friend we discussed passed failed relationships and their impact on us. Ofcourse those failed relationships were painful to live through. There is no doubt we would be extra careful for the future cause lets face it, once bitten twice shy right!? But what is amazing is that every failed or unpleasant relationship we have had has left us with a deeper understanding of our-self and the world around us. How can that be a bad thing? Its a blessing to have an open mind and understand the different facets of ourselves through the premise of failed relationships. It makes us better and wiser for the future. Why stop at failed relationships? Even our most successful relationships teach us something new about our-self everyday. Infact, my connection with my vegetable grocer or the cab guy or the supermarket clerk has the ability to teach me SO much IF I am open to it. I believe in the great scheme of things that each soul we encounter has been put there for a specific divine purpose. We might not understand that purpose, but we can certainly keep an open mind and heart to the learning that connection offers. Just for those guides that pass my way everyday, I am SO grateful.
NEW YEAR Awesomeness 🙂
Although this is just 1% of what I have learnt from the vast sea of wisdom that is RUMI…its a great beginning. I might just turn this into a monthly Rumi special in 2015 🙂 The new year is bringing with it a lot of NEW in my world.
In the next article we will discuss how you can ring in the new year on a positive and happy note. And I have some great new series of articles up my happy sleeve for 2015. Stay tuned! Do you see me doing a happy dance 🙂
What are your thoughts on Rumi’s Wisdom? What is your favorite Rumi quote, poem or saying and what has it taught you? Share your wisdom in the comments of this post and lets positively grow grow grow! 🙂
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