Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi


The one who is ruled by Mind,
without sleeping, puts her senses to sleep,
so that unseen things may emerge from the world of the Soul.
Even in her waking state, she dreams dreams,
and opens thereby the gates of Heaven.
[III, 1833-4]

During prayer I am accustomed to turn to God like this:
that’s the meaning of the words of the Tradition,
‘the delight felt in the ritual prayer.’
The window of my soul opens,
and from the purity of the Unseen World,
the Book of God comes to me straight.
The Book, the rain of Divine Grace, and the Light
are falling into my house through a window
from my real and original source.
The house without a window is Hell:
to make a window is the foundation of true religion.
Don’t thrust your axe upon every thicket:
come, use your axe to cut open a window.
[III, 2401-5]