Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi on Prayer

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In this connection it is said
that two rakas of prayer are better
than the world and all it contains.
This does not apply to every person.
The person to whom this applies is one
who considers it more serious
to miss two rakas than to lose the world and all it contains,
that is, one for whom it would be harder to miss
those two rakas
than to lose possession of the whole world.
Signs of the Unseen, p. 21

From the ritual prayer, which is as the egg,
hatch the chick;
don’t peck like a bird
without reverence or felicity.
Jewels of Remembrance, p. 20

During prayer I am accustomed to turn to God like this:
that’s the meaning of the words of the Tradition,
“the delight I feel 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 through my window into my house
from my real and original source.
The house without a window is Hell:
to make a window, O servant of God
is the foundation of the true Religion.
Don’t thrust your axe upon every thicket:
come, use your axe to cut open a window.
Jewels of Remembrance, p. 22

Be always at work scraping the dirt from the well.
To everyone who suffers, perseverance brings good fortune.
The Prophet has said that each prostration of prayer is a knock on heaven’s door.
When anyone continues to knock, felicity shows its smiling face.
Love is a Stranger, p. 15

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