Love – Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Are you fleeing from Love because of a single humiliation? 

What do you know of Love except the name? 

Love has a hundred forms of pride and disdain, 

and is gained by a hundred means of persuasion. 

Since Love is loyal, it purchases one who is loyal: 

it has no interest in a disloyal companion. 

The human being resembles a tree; its root is a covenant with God: 

that root must be cherished with all one’s might. 

A weak covenant is a rotten root, without grace or fruit. 

Though the boughs and leaves of the date palm are green, 

greenness brings no benefit if the root is corrupt. 

If a branch is without green leaves, yet has a good root,

a hundred leaves will put forth their hands in the end.

Laila And The Khalifa – Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

The Khalifa said to Laila, “Art thou really she 

For whom Majnun lost his head and went distracted? 

Thou art not fairer than many other fair ones.” 

She replied, “Be silent; thou art not Majnun!” 

If thou hadst Majnun’s eyes, 

The two worlds would be within thy view. 

Thou art in thy senses, but Majnun is beside himself. 

In love to be wide awake is treason. 

The more a man is awake, the more he sleeps (to love); 

His (critical) wakefulness is worse than slumbering. 

Our wakefulness fetters our spirits, 

Then our souls are a prey to divers whims, 

Thoughts of loss and gain and fears of misery. 

They retain not purity, nor dignity, nor lustre, 

Nor aspiration to soar heavenwards. 

That one is really sleeping who hankers after each whim 

And holds parley with each fancy.