For lovers, the only lecturer is the beauty of the Beloved; their only book and lecture and lesson is the Face. They are silent outwardly, but their penetrating remembrance rises to the high throne of their Friend.
O You who make demands within me like an embryo, since You are the one who makes the demand, make its fulfillment easy; show the way, help me, or else relinquish Your claim and take this burden from me! Since from a debtor You're demanding gold, give him gold in secret, O rich King!
Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: every success depends upon focusing the heart. Unconcerned with the business of the world, keep saying with all your soul, "Ku, ku," like the dove.
Excerpt from Love is a Stranger, by Jalluddn Rumi, tr. by Kabir Helminski (Threshold Books, 1994)
Excerpts from Open Secret, Unseen Rain, Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion, & This Longing
An excerpt from Signs of the Unseen, by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (Threshold Books, 1995)