Quintessential Rumi – A Western View – Inspirational Quotations and Poem



Odd, but true, that many Western readers prize Rumi’s work less as a moral lodestar and resource for merging with the Absolute, and more as a vehicle for illuminating our own highly secular age. Although, to be sure, these readers also are drawn to the ecstatic and transcendental qualities of the great mystic’s work. Western admirers tend to extract Rumi from his historical context and embrace him as one of their own. Not a few have seized on his poetry as a springboard for their own creative expressions, including New York clothes designer Donna Karan, who just a few years ago, unveiled her spring line of fashions while musical interpretations of Rumi’s work by the health writer Deepak Chopra played in the background. Composers Philip Glass and Robert Wilson have written “Monsters of Grace,” an operatic extravaganza that can be enjoyed with three-dimensional viewing glasses and a libretto of one hundred and fourteen Rumi poems interpreted by American poet Coleman Barks.

Quick-thinking American entrepreneurs seem to devise new means to capitalize on Rumi’s soaring popularity nearly every month. Recently, several versions of “Rumi cards,” a new method of fortune-telling, combining snippets of the poet’s work and aspects of the Tarot, have appeared in U.S. bookstores. And, for those who peruse the World Wide Web, it is possible to dial up “rumi.com” and be informed that, “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Jalalu’ddin Rumi.com is coming soon.”

Commercialism aside, the differences between the Islamic and Western view of Rumi probably become most apparent when exploring the subject of love, a central preoccupation of the poet’s work. Western readers have been captivated by Rumi’s frequent and masterful use of romantic imagery, which, coupled with the medieval lack of prudery have caused some to regard him chiefly as a “an erotic love poet”. Many are fascinated with Rumi’s mystic identification and all-encompassing spiritual love for his mentor Shams al-Din of Tabriz. Some construe this relationship as a conventional love affair, given Rumi’s frequent declarations of his overwhelming longing for Shams after Shams’ mysterious departure. Indeed, in 1998, the gay magazine The Advocate published a piece in which it was argued that Islamic scholars have obscured a likely gay relationship between the poet and Shams. Other Western readers are charmed by the lack of priggishness and the nearly Chaucerian quality contained in some of Rumi’s depictions of heterosexual couplings. Yes, odd indeed..    


Divine Light

“For ages you have come and gone courting this delusion. For ages you have 
run from the pain and forfeited the ecstasy. So come, return to the root of 
the root of your own soul.

Although you appear in earthly form Your essence is pure Consciousness.
You are the fearless guardian of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul.

When you lose all sense of self the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely, Return to the root of the root of your own soul.

You descended from Adam, by the pure Word of God, but you turned your sight
to the empty show of this world. Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little?
so come, return to the root of the root of your own soul.

Why are you so enchanted by this world when a mine of gold lies within you?
Open your eyes and come --- Return to the root of the root of your own soul.

You were born from the rays of God's Majesty when the stars were in their 
perfect place. How long will you suffer from the blows of a nonexistent hand? 
So come, return to the root of the rootof your own soul.

You are a ruby encased in granite. How long will you decieve Us with this 
outer show? O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes! So come, return to 
the root of the root of your own soul.

After one moment with that glorious Friend you became loving, radiant, and 
ecstatic. Your eyes were sweet and full of fire. Come, return to the root of 
the root of your own soul.

Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern has handed you an eternal cup,
And God in all His glory is pouring the wine. So come! Drink! Return to the root 
of the root of your own soul.

Soul of all souls, life of all life - you are That. Seen and unseen, moving 
and unmoving - you are That.

The road that leads to the City is endless; Go without head and feet and 
you'll already be there. What else could you be? - you are That.”

― Rumi 

See The Divine In Everyone – Early Devotees

I bumped into Anil Kumar in Samadhi Road. He stopped and said, “do you want a photo?” I replied “yes!”

★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .

When you see the world with the eye of divine bliss, you will find bliss everywhere. If there is hatred in your vision, you will see hatred everywhere. Hence, change your vision to start with. Look at the world with the vision of peace, love, and compassion. Then the whole world will appear loving and peaceful. When your heart is filled with love, you will experience the Divine in the entire cosmos. See the Divine in everyone. Eschew hatred and ill will. After years of devotion, many still lack a broad outlook and an all-encompassing love. Embodiments of love! Promote love in your hearts incessantly, love that is immortal and infinite. – Baba

★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .


Role of our life

You are only actors on the stage before the footlights. The Director, who knows the Play, who assigns the roles, who gives the cues, who calls you in and puts you on, is behind the curtain. You are a puppet; He holds the strings. If He must be seen, you have to be His ‘Sakhaa’ (friend) or ‘Bandhu’ (kinsman). Merely being an onlooker will not entitle you to approach Him and be in His Holy Company. Cultivate His Friendship or Kinship by the attitude of Love and dedicated Service. -Baba

★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .


I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith – so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim, a better Muslim, and the Hindu a better Hindu. -Baba

★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .


Bear all and do nothing;

Hear all and say nothing;

Give all and take nothing; – Baba

★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .


Party Time for Peter

★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .


Make your life a rose that speaks silently in the language of the heart. The Lord will be watching with a thousand eyes the least activity of man to discover any slight trace of selfless love sweetening it. Bear all and do nothing; Hear all and say nothing; Give all and take nothing; Serve all and be nothing. -Baba

I spend my time here during the winter months.
Here I find sanctury.

.★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .


  Serve all and be nothing. -Baba

.★ ★ ☾ ° ★. .

me? have been visiting Puttaparthi for 21 years.
many changes since my first visit. Time has
slipped by so quickly.

Anil’s shoes

Strange  story about the photo of Anil Kumar shoes. My camera would not work well on my recent  visit to PN. The focus kept jumping about and nothing could stop it, no matter how often i changed the settings. I had previously put the camera setting to “bracketing mode” (3 shots per click.) |I am not sure if I’d not left it there. Often, I captured the most appalling shots of people or ” parts” of people.  I had not aimed that camera towards Anil’s shoes. But there you are, here are his shoes.

Divine Mother – Children Of Light

Here is a very sweet story from the life of Ramakrishna.. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do….

♥ღϠ₡ღ♥♥ LOVE ♥♥ღϠ₡ღ♥

It is said that:

In whatever form the devotee worships God,
God will assume that form to bless his earnest devotee


In this phase of his spiritual journey, Ramakrishna saw God as the Divine Mother, but his spiritual journey was never static. Next he took up devotion to the form of the Avatar Rama who lived thousands of years ago and after attaining a vision of Rama, he next fixed his goal on Krishna, another divine incarnation. In this way Ramakrishna spent his whole life seeking God in many different ways.

One of his young charges had a bible and used to read to Sri Ramakrishna stories from the bible. He became enamored of the wonderful stories of the life of Christ and of the beautiful picture of the Madonna with the Divine Child and fully immersed his mind in the Christian images for three days. On the fourth day as he was walking he saw an extraordinary looking person of serene aspect approaching him with his gaze intently fixed on him. Presently the figure drew near and from the inmost recesses of Sri Ramakrishna’s heart there came the realization: “There is the Christ who poured out his heart’s blood for the redemption of mankind and suffered agonies for its sake. It is none else but the Master-Yogin Jesus, the embodiment of Love!” In his divine vision the Son of Man embraced Sri Ramakrishna and became merged in him. The Master lost outward consciousness in Samadhi, realizing his union with Brahman with attributes. Thus was he convinced that Jesus Christ was an Incarnation of the Lord.

In addition to being a Devotee (an inherently dualistic relationship), Ramakrishna also attained to mergence in the absolute (ie complete non dualism). This came through a meeting with an advanced practitioner of Advaitha (Oneness with God) by the name of Totapuri. The wandering monk had attained the ultimate mergence in Nirvikalpa Samadhi after strenuous meditation extending over 40 years. After mergence he wandered freely seeing Brahman everywhere, oblivious to the joys and sorrows of the world. Totapuri saw only the formless and impersonal Absolute. He was not a devotee of God in the sense Ramakrishna was. On meeting Ramakrishna he recognized a man of some spiritual attainment and he asked him if he would like to learn Vedanta. Ramakrishna replied in his simple way that he would have to go “ask his Mother” and in a subsequent conversation with the Divine Mother she said, “Yes, my son. That is why I have brought him here”. So Totapuri initiated him and began to teach him Advaitha philosophy

Divine Video From Christmas 2010 – Sathya Sai Memories Cont.

Sai Ram all,

This video was  given to my dad, a gift at Prashanti for  Christmas time 2010. He was doing  seva dal  service  in the holy Christmas  month. Due to his kind  work and seva, he received this DVD. It is not in production and only a few people have it. You cannot purchase the DVD from Prashanti or anywhere for that matter . Here, I have uploaded it on you tube for the WORLD to see!!! 😀

The video is twenty-three minutes long.


“Look out into the

universe and contemplate the

glory of God.

Observe the stars,

millions of them,

twinkling in the night sky,

all with a message of unity,

part of the very nature of God.



I thought the video posted above might  be an enjoyable addition to the blog, as a much valued memory of  the last Christmas with Sai Baba, before his passing. This video is probably most suited to Sai devotees, due to the theme being solely created around Him and his work… Lovely and sentimental for those who are devotees.  Thanks.

****.♥ಌڿڰۣ N░A░M░A░S T░E’♥ ॐ♥”*****


I am posting lots at the moment as I will be away in India for two months from middle of Feb.

Glimpses Of The Divine – More Sathya Sai Memories

Your Life Is My Message:

Bhagavan said, “Most of you are very anxious to spread My message, and many would like to share My message with others. But I tell you, the best way to share My message is this: live up to it.”

“Your self-control, your detachment, friendliness and brotherhood, your sacrifice, spirit of service, determination, patience and steadfastness will glorify Me. Your qualities will glorify Me.”

Swami did not say that His buildings, Colleges, Super Speciality Hospitals, Canteen, Shopping Centre etc would glorify Him. They glorify the devotees! We run there immediately after or before the bhajans. Prof. Anil Kumar says “If we see anyone walking slowly, be sure he is going to the Mandir (main temple); and if you find anyone walking swiftly, very fast, be sure he is going to the stores!”.

Swami tells us, “No Avatar ever moved among the masses in such large numbers, as I moved. No Avatar wanted people to consider Him as their friend, the nearest bosom friend, much closer than any blood relation. No Avatar gave counseling and guidance to such numbers of people as this Avatar has done.”

A Drop Of Baba’s Divinity – (Small Story)

Birgitte Rodriguez wrote in the book,” Glimpses of the Divine” the following short story, posted below.  Birgitte lived many years in Puttparthi, eventually dying there some five years ago. She wrote down her experiences in a manner that captured  the deeply spiritual  atmosphere of the ashram at the time. Swami back then early 1990’s, lived in the Temple. We were allowed to stroll around the darshan area during the early mornings, offering our prayers to him without a bit of security. We were free to live and participate in ashram life fully.  Here is Birgette’s story:

“Every day one experiences a new aspect of Baba’s divinity and his infinite sweetness. I remember one particular evening at Puttaparthi, after bhajans, when I felt I had experienced a taste of Baba’s divinity that filled me with an inexpressible sweetness. It was as if the divine had put just one drop of his sweetness into me. I went and stood outside the mandir compound wall under an  old Ashok tree, quite a distance from the window of Baba’s Temple room but in front of it, silently telling my Lord, “How infinitely sweet you are!”

It was in winter, when it gets dark early and suddenly a flash of light appeared on the wall right next to his window. It vanished abruptly and then came back again three times. It could not have come from a torch because of the distance involved and because the shape of the light was oblong, quite unlike the beam thrown by a torch. In any case, no one in the ashram would presume to shine a torchlight near Baba’s window. I knew who had caused the light to flash on the wall, it had been Baba. He had indeed, heard my prayer of gratitude and because it came from the depths of my heart, he had responded.

Sincerity is the key that opens the door to the divine’s heart, a heart that is as big as the universe. It is not easy to win Baba’s grace, as he himself says. One has to work hard to obtain it and above all one has to be SINCERE. Lip service won’t do. He takes no notice of it. Thus, Your Life is your message…..  ”

This is the last post until after Guru Pournima – hoping your day will be a happy one filled with memories of Swami and his wonderful darshans.

Devotee describes how the darshan hall feels post Sai Baba:

When someone departs this physical plane, people tend to appreciate them more……this is what I find happening now…….people are appreciating what Swami did and was…. instead of constantly anticipating what they might get from Him next…..now people are deeply reflecting upon their journey with Him, deeply appreciating what memories He left for them……many cry…….for me now the most potent theme I am experiencing in the darshan hall is “the aim of liberation”…..ultimately that’s what it was always about.

When Swami was alive, everyone would be focused externally on things such as….

Will He look at me?
Will He call me for an interview?
Will He take my letter?
Oh swami give me a ring!
Oh look He spoke to someone!
Oh look He manifested something for someone!
Oh look here He comes (scrambling of bodies to get a better view) Etc.

Such anticipation would cause a noisy ether in the darshan hall whereby people would be vying for attention and often knock people about in their selfish quest for attention. I used to find it an impossible place to meditate per se.

Now because He is not there in person, people are more still in their movements, their minds are more silent, solemn and INTERNALLY DIRECTED (as it should be in meditation) and thus the ether more pristine making it perfect for a deeper experience….. people close their eyes and focus on the memories, the love that He showed, and the ESSENCE of His being and teachings, many more have their eyes closed, some have tears in their eyes..…..in this way the senses are drawn deeply inwards…..giving rise to a higher state of consciousness in which one is receptive to the spiritual (shakti) vibrations emanating from the Samadhi itself……if the mind is quiet and the ether quiet then a much more powerful and transcendental state of consciousness can be attained……Baba always said the real path was inward…..now that is happening…people are digging much deeper within themselves in darshan……and as it is being done on mass……the collective meditation of everyone is setting a very potent field now……there is nothing to see now on the outside…..only to experience on the inside.

I feel a great sense of relief now that the external phase is over and all are TURNING inwards to receive the inner darshan and grace by fixing their minds and attention on the ESSENCE of Swami’s Being (prema swaroop) rather than latching onto His external manifestation of His form and miracles.

In this way His ESSENCE lives on forever and is amplified by the shakti from His Samadhi…..His samadhi has become the ultimate place for meditation, shaktipat and sadhana to achieve liberation. Therefore it’s now a place where I can meditate without disturbance.

Kindergarten stage over is over, senior school has started…….(entirely my own experience and perspective) ♥

Sai Feeds Sai Gita – Early Devotees – Birgitte Rodriguez

Birgitte Rodriguez tells many little titillating tales in her book ‘Glimpses of the Divine’. One of those tales is as follows: (This is a shortened version of her story told in my words.)

“Nearing the place where Sai Gita is kept, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Swami was en- route to feed her.

I was breathless as I approached the spot where the keeper had saved for me. How had the keeper known Swami would stop there that day? Apparently he had good intuition about Swami’s comings and goings. He nudged me, to draw my attention to my camera that now hung unforgotten around my neck. This was a really good chance to see both Sai Baba and Sai Gita together, also a good chance for a wonderful photograph to keep of the memory. Soon Swami’s  red car approached. The car door opened and Swami stepped out. Walking several steps toward Gita, he reached out and put his arms around her trunk and gave her a huge hug. Gita closed her eyes in ecstasy. Swami then took the bananas and fed them one by one to Gita, stroking her trunk as she ate.  He did not stay long but the event was so special, that I will never forget it and I have a photograph to keep forever.

I often wondered what silent conversation went on between Swami and Sai Gita. Whatever interchange there was, it certainly had to be a glorious one. The love that passed between them at that feeding was obvious.

-retold from ‘Glimpses of the Divine’

Irina Tweedie, The Law of Yogic and Divine Powers – Vimeo Talk / Transcript

Irina Tweedie

Irina Tweedie, a Russian Lady, decided sometime way back in the early 1960′s to study yoga with a Naqshbandi Sufi teacher. (He was actually Hindu but took up Sufism and studied for many years under a Sufi Master, until his enlightenment.)

Irina Tweedie’s books “Daughter of Fire” and “Chasm of Fire,” tell clearly the story of a Woman’s experience of liberation through the teachings of a Sufi Master. The books  are written in the form of a diary. Her dear teacher had told her to keep a diary on their first meeting. He also told her she would one day write a book that would help enlighten seekers on the spiritual path. During her training, guruji, did not give her any specific spiritual practices. Her teachings consisted largely of her sitting in his courtyard or house, observing his interaction with other disciples and family, with occasional terse conversations with him. She was at one time thrown out of the house and had to return to England with no money. Also at one time she contemplated suicide but her guruji said, “I have not brought you this far to let you do that!” She was never treated as special on the contrary, she was often treated harshly.  Her  guriji did not treat anyone more speical than others. Yet, he gave each what they asked for and in most cases, they were not after things of a spiritual nature.

The result was one of intense stress, the cultural differences, the heat,smells, physical illnesses, and her own emotional deprivation seemed to cause a progressive emptying of her personality. Her ‘guruji’. who felt she had travelled so far for truth, gave her the highest possible teaching because she proved to be ready.  Her teacher described his method of instruction in the following way:

“..we do not teach but quicken. I am stronger than you so your currents adjust themselves to mine.” Thus causing, the stronger magnetic field to affect, quicken and weaken.”

This combination of suffering so that she would lose herself in every way, and her guruji’s continued presence and influence resulted in a very different type of spiritual experience. Her guru was not in anyway famous outside his own region of India. He was a married man with a family. Yet, his teaching was not only masterful but also thorough and majestic. The book Irina Tweedie eventually wrote, some eleven years after his death, is now considered a spiritual classic, along with those books written by Sri Yogananda. I thoroughly recommend ‘Daughter of Fire’ to seekers of all traditions.

Irina with guruji and other disciples

The Talk begins: (in her own words.)

The subject for tonight is, I think, rather interesting, it deals with the powers latent in man. There are two great powers which we can achieve or  which are rather our Divine heritage. It is the Divine power from God and it is the Power of Yoga. Yoga is really union. The Sanskrit word Yoga means Union, union with God. How the yogic or Divine powers is acquired,  there are slight differences and slight difference in working.

The divine power is given. It is a state of grace. It is given only when the person has surrendered to the light within, which is One with God. Because we in the Theosophy, we believe that the soul of man is  one ray of infinite truth. Or God. I use the word God deliberately because it is short and everyone knows what I mean. The word truth or infinite light is not always familiar to people. It is all the same thing. It is all light. It is all God within and without. Like fish in water, we are in him and he is in our form. Now the divine power is given when the human being is completely surrendered to his maker. The yogic power is acquired, by the yogi or aspirant, through concentration, meditation and stilling of the mind. It is a very, very difficult process.

My dear teacher, who was a very, very great yogi of India…. I have just returned from India…. He died on the 21st of July. He left his physical body. I had to go to the Himalayan Mountains to recuperate in solitude. It was a shock, a great shock to us disciples.

My dear teacher worked with both the divine and the yogic powers. You see the working of the divine power and yogic power are a little bit different. For divine power you need faith. For yogic power you don’t need faith. And you don’t need faith for magic. But magic is a very low subject. I won’t touch that subject tonight, I am only going to speak about the yogic and divine powers.

I always remember the words of Christ when St. Peter wanted to walk on water, when he suddenly lost faith and became afraid and began to sink. Christ pulled him up and asked him where was his faith.
If you have no faith, the divine power will not work with you. In other words, if you come to a great yogi for a healing or anything. If you do not believe in him, the power will not work.

People came to my teacher for healings and others for help with the process in the law court. They want to win the case. People come to the yogi for all sorts of things and if, like my teacher, the yogi is great, if he is one with God, he will know which human being can be helped and which cannot. You see, we in the Theosophy believe in the laws of karma. Karma is the law of cause and effect. If I did evil, then evil will come to me. If I did something which is  considered good, then something good will come to me too. If the human being is sick and has great troubles and cannot be helped, this is something the person themselves have created. The yogi cannot help you. He will not hurt your feelings. He will not say I cannot help you. We disciples, we noticed one day, that our teacher use to sometimes say, “I can only pray.” This is a refusal.

Yet, if a person of faith came to him, and said, “my child is dying of smallpox or cholera” which happens often. People just die away. They cannot be helped with these cases. They die. My teacher would look at the child and say ’go home’ and give him a glass of water. The father would say, “but he cannot keep the water down”. My teacher would say “he can take the water and he will be fine. Just go home and let him sleep for twenty four hours and he will be fine“. The next day the child would be well.

I saw in my teacher’s house, a servant falling ill with smallpox. One day I arrived in his garden. There was no one there. This was very unusual. Someone came to me and said, “Mrs. Tweedie, our servant is ill with smallpox. You may be a afraid to stay.” I was not afraid as I had been vaccinated against smallpox for my journey to India. I stayed in the garden. After sometime, my dear teacher came out, he was a very old man, with a snowy white beard. He was all dressed in white. He said, “Mrs. Tweedie, you may like to leave because our servant is ill.” I said, “No I want to stay, I have had a vaccination“. He said, “our servant has smallpox.” I said, “would it not be better to send her to the hospital.” He replied, “Oh no she will be alright. I gave her a glass of water. And tomorrow she will be well.” Now this was a little bit too much for me quite frankly. Coming from the West, I had faith in my dear teacher but this was a little bit too much. I said nothing because I could not believe it, The next day the servant was washing dishes and she was full of smallpox marks. I asked, “For goodness sake is she not contagious!” My teacher said, “Oh no, I gave her a glass of water and that was that.”

I have seen the case of a mad dog who had bitten six people. Five of those died. The one who got the glass of water from guruji was alright. We called him guruji because that is the term used in India. The word ‘guru’ is teacher. The ‘ji’ is used as a term of endearment. It is like saying Sir guru….It is a Sanskrit word. Guru means the light and the dark…. Gu – ru.  He gave her a glass of water and she was alright. Like Christ he did this work.

Here in the west, I have not seen anyone cast out spirits. I have been told that some priest do it. The R.C. church has priest trained to do this work. I have never seen it. I have seen my teacher cast out an evil spirit from a boy. It was a horrific sight. The boy was rolling on the floor, foaming at the mouth. He looked like he was suffering from an epileptic fit. My teacher said it is not a fit but a spirit. He then ordered the spirit to go out.  It is was a terrific sight. My teacher was all dressed in white and very majestic. He pointed with his finger to the outline of the boy and drew an invisible line around him. The boy was lying on the floor, foaming and shouting. My teacher was saying very sternly to the spirit. “Go out or I will burn thee and all thy family”. Now, I did not know he was talking to the spirit. I thought he was speaking to the boy, and in my ignorance, I thought was a terrible way to talk to this boy when he is in this condition, then suddenly the boy became sort of blackish in his face, or blue rather and stopped shouting and was completely calm.  I said to myself, the boy has died, guruji has killed him! But after a few minutes, the boy sat up, with a perfectly normal expression on his face. He folded his hands in India salute and said, “thank you.” It was so beautiful to see the boy well. He rose and left with his father. He was from one of the local villages and he went home. I turned to my guruji and said, “well I never saw anything like this in the West.” He said, “Oh! this is nothing. When you stay with me you will see many such cases and much more of this sort of thing, It is nothing. It is the grace of God. We are given that. But we don’t care for these powers, we are not after these things.”


“We Yogis can do anything but we cannot heal everyone.”


In the afternoon, when in his garden, I asked him what he meant by the words,“I will burn thee and all thy relations“. He said, “Well those evil spirits are part of evolution, just as we are part of evolution. There are human beings, there are evil spirits, there are angels, there are all sorts of things. There are birds, and animals. These spirits are of a group soul. They are never alone. They are like a whole family. So when one is killed the others die too. I have no rights to kill a spirit. When an evil spirit enters a human being then I have a duty to help the human being because he is one of my own kind. So I cast out the spirit. But if the spirit disobeys me and comes again, I have the right to kill it.  Although I will not kill it without warning. I have to give it a warning. But if the spirit is disobedient then I have the right to kill it. I first have to give the evil spirit a warning and I give it three times. But with me it never happens! I give the warning once, it is enough. When a saint has great powers, the spirits dare not return“.  Actually the young man and his father never returned.

This is the end of part one of the lengthy talk given by Ms. Irina Tweedie on her return from India sometime in the late 1960’s. I will be translating more of the speech in the next few days and will post it when it is ready.