The wisdom of Rumi

Enjoying abundance

happy is the one
who doesn’t need to try
getting wealthy
or remaining poor
free from people
and worldly worries
a stranger to himself
free in every way

From: Rumi “Dancing the Flame”
Translated by Nader Khalili

Don’t you love it ?

This verse is about “there is nowhere to go and nothing to do”. It points to our own predicament – wanting to be free and yet having expectations about it. First we think freedom lies in the outer by following what society gives us as a default – being productive and adding things to our life. Then we may think liberation lies in abandoning all these things. In truth – there is nothing to do, but become a stranger to myself.

Observation and enquiry are a sure path to letting go. Just don’t get hung up on it.


About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
This entry was posted in All things Rumi and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to The wisdom of Rumi

  1. mike says:

    So true!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s