Poetry, Volume 9

Rumi Poems – Eight of Our Favorites by the Sufi Mystic

Rumi poems

Tomorrow (Dec. 17) marks the anniversary of the death of the Sufi poet Rumi . 

Here are eight of our favorite Rumi poems … Rumi has become renowned for his ecstatic love poetry which is often infused with spiritual themes.


Selected Poems of Rumi:
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(trans. by R.A. Nicholson)

Eternal Life is gained
by utter abandonment of one’s own life.
When God appears to His ardent lover,
the lover is absorbed in Him, and not so much as a hair of the lover remains.
True lovers are as shadows,
and when the sun shines in glory the shadows vanish away.

He is a true lover to God to whom God says
“I am thine and thou art Mine.”


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What is Rumi's most famous poem?

The Guest House is one of Rumi's most famous poems. Anubha Kothari describes it: 'Frequently recited in mindfulness circles, this poem is a reminder not to resist the thoughts and emotions passing through you but to meet them with courage, warmth, and respect. Heartbreak is like a cleanse. These seemingly unwelcome guests in the guesthouse of your mind will scrub away at everything that is untrue or unhelpful, if you let them. And not to worry, being guests, they’ll eventually depart as well.'

When did Rumi Live?

Born: September 30, 1207, Balkh, Afghanistan Died: December 17, 1273, Konya, Turkey

What is Rumi famous for?

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran. Rumi's poetry is appreciated by broad international audiences and his influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. (Wikipedia) 'The greatest Sufi mystic and poet in the Persian language,' writes Annemarie Schimmel, '(Rumi) is famous for his lyrics and for his didactic epic Mas̄navī-yi Maʿnavī (Spiritual Couplets), which widely influenced mystical thought and literature throughout the Muslim world.'

What does Rumi say about life?

Here are a couple of powerful quotes from Rumi about life: 'Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.'  and 'Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.'

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