Rumi is often described as “the greatest mystical poet of any age“…  a body of work totaling nearly 70,000 verses.   Rumi admits that the words flowed out of him after a deep state of grief following the death of his closest friend and spiritual inspiration, Shams, who was murdered by Rumi’s son.  From that deep pain outpoured a body of work that has had immeasurable impact on our world… a reminder that the beauty of the lotus flower growing in mud is not the only example of how things transform.

Rumi wrote ” I have come to shine” and I can read it a thousand times, in fact I think I will:

shine-iiI have come to shine~ Rumi

I have come
to take you by your hand,
and bring you to myself.

I have come
to shine your way
as you walk this path.

I will make you guiltless,
I will make you fearless,
then I will place you in the
brightest point in the universe.

I have come like a breeze of spring
to your field of flowers,
so I can hold you by my side,
and embrace you tight.

I have come
to take you by your hand,
and bring you to myself.

I have come
to shine your way
as you walk this path.

Like the cry of lovers,
I will help you reach the
roof of heavens.

From the dust of the earth to a human being,
there are a thousand steps.
I have been with you through these steps,
I have held your hand and walked by your side.

And I will be with you
as you move beyond this human form
and soar to the highest heavens.

 

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