Tag Archive: Sufism


This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper - selfportrait - love

watercolor on paper – selfportrait – love

Let yourself be drawn
by the stronger pull of
what you truly love.

~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-what you truly love

watercolor on paper-portrait-what you truly love

Don’t grieve.
Anything you lose
comes round in another form..

~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-don’t grieve

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-don’t grieve

When you seek Love
with all your Heart,
you shall find its echoes in the universe.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-seeking love

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-seeking love

Be empty of worrying…
Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-empty

watercolor on paper-portrait-empty

I am nowhere again

When it’s cold and raining,
you are more beautiful.
And the snow brings me
even closer to your lips.
The inner secret, that which was never born,
you are that freshness, and I am with you now.
I can’t explain the goings,
or the comings. You enter suddenly,
and I am nowhere again.
Inside the majesty.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-I am nowhere again

watercolor on paper-portrait-I am nowhere again

This love is the rose that blooms forever.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

watercolor on paper-portrait-bloom

Try not to resist the changes that comes your way.
Instead let life live through you.
And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.
How do yo know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

– Shams of Tabrizi

watercolor on paper-portrait-resist

watercolor on paper-portrait-resist

Do not feel Lonely
The entire universe is inside you.
~Rumi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-do not feel  lonely

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-do not feel lonely

This world is like a mountain.
Your echo depends on you.
If you scream good things,
the world will give it back.
If you scream bad things,
the world will give it back.
Even if someone speaks badly about you,
speak well about him.
Change your heart to change the world

~ Shams Tabrizi

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Change your heart to change the world

watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Change your heart to change the world

“Many of the faults
you see in others,
dear reader,
are your own nature
reflected in them. ”

~ Rumi

watercolor - annecy - france - many of the faults you see in others

watercolor – annecy – france – many of the faults you see in others

“God turns you from one feeling to another
and teaches by means of opposites
so that you will have two wings to fly, not one”

― Rumi

watercolor on paper a annecy - france - passage

watercolor on paper a annecy – france – passage

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

~ Rumi

selfie-the way

selfie-the way

There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into Light.

~Rumi

raindrops

“Wherever water flows,
life flourishes;
Wherever tears fall,
divine mercy is shown”

~Rumi

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watercolor-selfportrait-wherever tears fall

Wherever you go, east, west,
north or south,
think of it as a journey into yourself!
The one who travels into itself
travels the world.

~ Shams Tabrizi

watercolor-selfportrait-journey into yourself

watercolor-selfportrait-journey into yourself

“Love risks everything and asks for nothing.”

~ Rumi♥

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watercolor-self-portrait-love- everything

“If the house of the world is dark, Love will find a way to create windows.”

~ Rumi ♥

watercolor-selfportrait-love will find a way

watercolor-selfportrait-love will find a way

There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise that
Love
comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.

~ Rumi ♥

watercolor-selfportrait-embrace the fire

watercolor-selfportrait-embrace the fire

“Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.”

~ Rumi ♥

watercolor-selfportrait-be in love ♥

watercolor-selfportrait-be in love ♥

“There is no worse sickness for the soul,
O you who are proud, than this pretense of perfection.”

~ Rumi

watercolor-selfportrait-perfection

watercolor-selfportrait-perfection

HIDDEN MUSIC

With love you cannot bargain
there, the choice is not yours.
Love is a mirror, it reflects
only your essence, if you have the
courage to look in its face.

To the parched lips of those who
are willing to surrender
Love will bring the wine that
changes darkness into vision,
cruelty into compassion and dust
into precious incense.

Love means to reach for the sky
and with every breath to tear a
hundred veils. Love means to step
away from the ego, to open the eyes
of inner vision and not to take this
world so seriously.

Like a thief, reason sneaked in and
sat amongst the lovers
eager to give them advice.
They were unwilling to listen, so
reason kissed their feet
and went on its way.

When you plant a tree
every leaf that grows will tell
you, what you sow will bear fruit.
So if you have any sense my friend,
don’t plant anything but love, you
show your worth by what you seek.
Water flows to those who want
purity. Wash your hands of all
desires and come to the table of love.

If you can’t smell the fragrance
don’t come into the garden of Love.
if you are unwilling to undress
don’t enter into the stream of
Truth. Stay where you are, don’t
come our way.

Watercolor-selfportrait-Hidden Music-detail

Watercolor-selfportrait-Hidden Music-detail


From the heart of the lovers, blood
flows like a vast river. Our body is
the windmill, and love, the water.
Without water the mill cannot turn.

Can the essence and the scent
be separate?
Whisper to me intimately, like a
lover for tenderness is rare in this
world.
It is difficult to convey the magic of
love to those who are made of dust.

When you see the face of anger
look behind it and you will see the
face of pride. Bring anger and pride
under your feet, turn them into a
ladder and climb higher. There is
no peace until you become their
master. Let go of anger. It may taste
sweet but it kills. Don’t become it’s
victim, you need humility to climb to
freedom.

There is a thread from the heart to
the lips where the secret of life is
woven. Words tear the thread
but in silence the secrets speak.

Do you want me to tell you a
secret? The flowers attract the most
beautiful lover with their sweet
smile and scent.

To find a pearl dive deep into the
ocean, don’t look in the fountains.
To find a pearl you must emerge from
the water of life always thirsty.

Do not be flattered by reason,
reason is only the child of the
mind. But true friendship
in born out of love and is the water
of life.

My dear heart, never think you are
better than others. Listen to their
sorrows with compassion. If you
want peace, don’t harbour bad
thoughts, do not gossip and
don’t teach what you do not know.

Those who think the heart is only
in the chest take two or three steps
and are content. The rosary, the
prayer rug, and repentance are
paths that they mistake for the
destination.

Seek the wisdom that will untie
your knot. Seek the path
that demands your whole being.
Leave that which is not, but
appears to be, seek that which is,
but is not apparent.

You are searching the world for
treasure but the real treasure is
yourself. If you are tempted by
bread, you will find only bread.
What you seek for you become.

Your earthly lover can be very
charming and coquettish but never
very faithful. The true lover is the
one who on your final day
opens a thousand doors.

First, lay down your head,
then one by one let go of all
distractions. Embrace the light and
let it guide you beyond the winds of
desire. There you will find a spring
and nourished by its sweet waters
like a tree you will bear fruit
forever.

Why are you so afraid of silence,
silence is the root of everything.
If you spiral into its void
a hundred voices will thunder
messages you long to hear.

You have woken up late,
lost and preplexed
but don’t rush to your books
looking for knowledge.
Pick up a flute instead and
let your heart play.
Continue reading

“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… ”

~Rumi

Watercolor-Portrait-Artist

Watercolor-Portrait-Artist

“Out beyond ideas of rightdoing
and wrongdoing,
there is a field.
I will meet you there. ”
~Rumi

Watercolor-selfportrait-light

Watercolor-selfportrait-light

Goodbyes are only for those
who love with their eyes.
Because for those
who love with heart and soul
there is no such thing as separation.

~Rumi

Watercolor-true love-portrait

Watercolor-true love-portrait

Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies.
The kernel is soft when the rind is scraped off.
Oh brother, the place of darkness and cold is
the fountain of life in the cup of ecstasy.
So also is endurance of pain and sickness and disease.
For from abasement proceeds exultation.
The spring seasons are hidden in the autumns.
And the autumns are charged with springs.
― Rumi

watercolor-portrait-autumn-spring

watercolor-portrait-autumn-spring

Love drives you mad from revelation to revelation
through ordeal after ordeal un…
till humble and broken you are carried tenderly
into the heart of the rose.

~Rumi

watercolor-portrait-revelation

watercolor-portrait-revelation

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.

― Rumi

watercolor-portrait-lovers

watercolor-portrait-lovers

In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest
where no-one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.

~ Rumi

Watercolor-selfportrait-You dance inside my chest

Watercolor-selfportrait-You dance inside my chest

“Yesterday I was clever,
so I wanted to change the world.
Today I am wise,
so I am changing myself.”

― Rumi

watercolor-wise

watercolor-wise

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek
and find all the barriers
within yourself
that you have built against it.”

RUMİ

Watercolor-Annecy-France

Watercolor-Annecy-France

You amuse me with your touch
although I can’t see your hands.
You have kissed me with tenderness
although I haven’t seen your lips
You are hidden from me.
But it is you who keeps me alive
Perhaps the time will come
when you will tire of kisses
I shall be happy
even for insults from you
I only ask that you
keep some attention on me.
Rumi

watercolor-kiss

watercolor-kiss

This love is the rose that blooms forever.

~Rumi

watercolor-rose blooms

watercolor-rose blooms

“If no one recognizes you, I do
because you are my Life and Soul.”
~Rumi

watercolor-soul

watercolor-soul

Look into me…

Look into me, for I am the light in your eyes.

~ Rumi

Watercolor-light

Watercolor-light

“The Beauty you see in me is a reflection of You.”

~ Rumi

watercolor on paper - selfportrait

watercolor on paper – selfportrait

Wherever you go,east,west,north or south, think of it as a journey into yourself! The one who travels into itself travels the world.

Shams-i-Tabrīzī

Watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Journey

Watercolor on paper-selfportrait-Journey

” I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. ”

~ Rumi

Watercolor on paper-Mazhar Alanson

Watercolor on paper-Mazhar Alanson

Loneliness and solitude are two different things. When you are lonely, it is easy to delude yourself into believing that you are on the right path. Solitude is better for us, as it means being alone without feeling lonely. But eventually it is the best to find a person who will be your mirror. Remember only in another person’s heart can you truly see yourself and the presence of God within you

Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

Watercolor on paper-selfportrait-solitude

Watercolor on paper-selfportrait-solitude

A house of love with no limits,
a presence more beautiful than venus or the moon,
a beauty whose image fills the mirror of the heart.
Rumi

Venus-Watercolor

Venus-Watercolor

 

You amuse me with your touch
although I can’t see your hands.
You have kissed me with tenderness
although I haven’t seen your lips
You are hidden from me.
But it is you who keeps me alive
Perhaps the time will come
when you will tire of kisses
I shall be happy
even for insults from you
I only ask that you
keep some attention on me.
Rumi

Watercolor on paper

Watercolor on paper

Rumi: The Wings of Love

 

Excerpts from Rumi: The Wings of Love by Shems Friedlander, from Fons Vitae Publishing.
The DVD contains the title film, as well as a full interview with Friedlander, and the documentary Al-Mahya; Come to Life.

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