Journey to the Center of the Soul: The Laughter in Life

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Events that happen in a particular time of year are related to the energy flow of that respective time. And that energy flow repeats itself each year as the cycle returns to that point in time. The negative energy that manifested when the Temple was first destroyed repeats itself each year during this period in time. In other words: Historical events are merely outer manifestations of invisible forces that are always at work behind the scenes. The Hebrew calendar reflects the true rhythm of life. Life is not a comprised of particles but of waves.

Like the waves of the sea, life consists of cycles, with troughs and crests, some of which may be extreme. A good swimmer recognizes the dynamic nature of water, and adjusts accordingly. In contrast to a static plateau, which one can navigate without fluctuation, the waves of water require constant vigilance to negotiate the cycles.

In the case of a severe stormy sea, the need to surrender to the flow of the waves is only amplified. On the other hand, when the waves are relatively calm, the swimmer uses their energy as a catalyst for forward thrust. Interestingly, when negotiated properly, both stages, whether it be stormy waves or calm ones, are forms of energy that are all part of the swimming cycle. Now back to the wave-cycle of time. Time too consists of crests and troughs. The Talmud is telling us that time is a cycle.

Av and Adar are not just two unrelated, diametrically opposed, periods in time: One filled with sorrow, the other with joy. They are like the trough and crest of one wave: Just as Av brings on a decrease in joy, so too Adar brings on an increase in joy.

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Yet, Rabbi Akiva recognized the bigger picture: Within the tragedy he was able to see the end of the story. Within the death he was able to see the birthing of a better future. Crying over the loss of the Temple is like riding the difficult waves. By not ignoring and not fighting them, the tears become part of the swim, part of the journey, that swim ultimately leads us to our destination. If you forget and get desensitized to the sadness of life, then you become desensitized to the joy as well.

When you navigate the troughs you have the power to ride the crests. In Jewish thought, based on faith in G-d, even a decrease in joy is not an end in itself, but part of a larger picture. In that context, even the decrease in joy in the month of Av is only a decrease on an ostensible level; within the sadness lays a deep joy — the joy of the light at the end of the tunnel, that our mourning today is a yearning that will lead us to the rebuilding of the Temple.

How do we reveal that joy? There are two ways to celebrate joy. One is through revealed joy, like the overt celebration of Adar; the other is through the joy that lies within the challenges of life as well. His Rebbe was allowed to visit him once. When the Rebbe came to see him he noticed that the Chassid was despondent. His exuberance was contagious and the other prisoners, Jews and non-Jews, joined him in celebration. One of the rabid anti-Semitic guards inquired as to the reason for the joy.

One of the prisoners told him,. The Baal Shem Tov uses an analogy of a spiral staircase. Because when you climb a regular vertical staircase, you see the destination and you see yourself getting closer to it as you climb the stairs. Indeed, just before you reach the top, you must turn completely around for the last time. Rabbi Akiva, a man who paid many prices, a man who discovered his soul at age forty, was able to see the big picture. He was never swindled by the apparent dips and downs in life. Therefore he was able to laugh when others cried. Sadder moments leave us no choice but to recognize the bigger picture.

But after all is said and done, we have been promised that the worst is over and the best is yet to come. We have had more than our share of troughs, and are ready for the ultimate crest. Did you enjoy this? Emptiness brings peace to your loving. Everything else, disease. In this world of trickery, emptiness is what your soul wants. There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.

On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. The sky will bow down to your beauty, if you do. Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear. Daylight, full of small dancing particles and the one great turning, our souls are dancing with you, without feet, they dance. Can you see them when I whisper in your ear? You have no need to travel anywhere — journey within yourself.

Enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own light. If you wish to shine like day, burn up the night of self-existence. Dissolve in the Being who is everything. Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths. Dancing is when you rise above both worlds, tearing your heart to pieces and giving up your soul. 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. Dance in the middle of the fighting.

Dance in your blood. A divine dance appears in the soul and the body at the time of peace and union. Anyone can learn the dance, just listen to the music. Be kind to yourself, dear — to our innocent follies. Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance. You will come to see that all evolves us. In order to understand the dance one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness one must dance.

Dance, and make joyous the love around you. Dance, and your veils which hide the Light shall swirl in a heap at your feet. We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust… The stars made a circle, and in the middle, we dance. I am a drunkard from another kind of tavern. I dance to a silent tune. I am the symphony of stars. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again. Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart.

Let go of thinking. On what is fear : Non-acceptance of uncertainty. If we accept that uncertainty, it becomes an adventure! When you go through a hard period, when everything seems to oppose you, when you feel you cannot even bear one more minute, never give up! Because it is the time and place that the course will divert! Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you? You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings. If something makes you happy in this world, you should think of what will happen to you if that thing were taken away. If reason dominates in man, he rises higher than angels. If lust overpowers man, he descends lower than the beast. Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love? The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes. Love is the water of life. Everything other than love for the most beautiful God is agony of the spirit, though it be sugar-eating.

What is agony of the spirit? To advance toward death without seizing hold of the water of life. If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with God will see only their own faces in it. To become spiritual , you must die to self, and come alive in the Lord. Only then will the mysteries of God fall from your lips. To die to self through self-discipline causes suffering but brings you everlasting life. There is a loneliness more precious than life.

There is a freedom more precious than the world. Infinitely more precious than life and the world is that moment when one is alone with God. Now be silent. Let the One who creates the words speak. He made the door. He made the lock. He also made the key. We are all the same… all the same… longing to find our way back… back to the One… back to the only One!

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. Poem 1 Love came and became like blood in my body. It rushed through my veins and encircled my heart. Poem 2 I will be waiting here… For your silence to break, for your soul to shake, for your love to wake. Poem 3 I was dead, then alive. Weeping, then laughing.

The power of love came into me, and I became fierce like a lion, then tender like the evening star. Poem 4 I choose to love you in silence, for in silence I find no rejection. I choose to love you in loneliness, for in loneliness no one owns you but me. I choose to adore you from a distance. For distance will shield me from pain. I choose to kiss you in the wind, for the wind is gentler than my lips. I choose to hold you in my dreams, for me in dreams, you have no ends.

Poem 5 I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door.

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It opens. Poem 7 I am so close, I may look distant. So completely mixed with you, I may look separate.

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So out in the open, I appear hidden. So silent, because I am constantly talking with you. Poem 8 I was a tiny bug. Now a mountain. I was left behind. Now honored at the head. You healed my wounded hunger and anger, and made me a poet who sings about joy. Poem 9 Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry. Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake.

Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake. Laughter always follow tears. Blessed are those who understand. Life blossoms wherever water flows. Where tears are shed divine mercy is shown. Poem 10 Doing as others told me, I was blind. Coming when others called me, I was lost. Then I left everyone, myself as well. Then I found everyone, myself as well. Bonus Poem 11 This is how it always is when I finish a poem.

A great silence overcomes me and I wonder why I ever thought to use language. Dive in the ocean, leave and let the sea be you. I am grateful for this site. Thank you. I love you Rumi. You are the soul I have been seeking. Thank you for blessing me with your wisdom. Thanks, Anoushka! So inspiring! It takes not only great patience to enter the light of truth, but great courage, for all your beliefs will be tested.

It is not impossible for us to live a life of love. To live a life with grace and true happiness, it is required. Seek the deep wisdom of this life and find compassion, true love and peace and you will then see the eternal path, without beginning or end. I too often forget the bliss of meditation and slip swiftly and silently into the madness of civilization. The true reality is right in front of you, though hidden. You need only turn on the light of awareness, banish the illusions, and find peace in wisdom. What an interesting human!! Yes, I loved Rumi! Thanks for your comment.

Depth to the core…. He says what the heart wants to say but cannot express….

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I wish I could follow Rumi. Every pain teaches us something. Such beauty and truth shared on this website. Your energy is being spent wisely, elegantly, all for our illumination. Thank you for keeping Rumi in our awareness. I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within. We are so much more than our appearances. The inner life, once discovered and nurtured, becomes a world in itself. So touched to read your story. I can feel your journey.

What Grace that Rumi came out across the ages and mikes to lead you Home. Blessings blessings. Thank you for this. Sometimes, on a rainy day, all you need are these reminders. We need rainy days because we need those reminders. Like a garden needs rain and maintenance. Be crumbled, so wild flowers will come up where you are..

This is what I love from great quotes: we can find answers to our everyday challenges. My heart might stop my mind can forget. I love you with my soul because my soul never stops or forgets. I wish you could read his words in farsi… Thank you for collecting his quotes! Thank you Maxime for this wonderful and soul touching quotes. Set your life on fire, seek those who fan out your flames. Your email address will not be published.

By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Rumi Click to tweet These pains you feel are messengers. Rumi Click to tweet Only from the heart can you touch the sky. Rumi Click to tweet We carry inside us the wonders we seek outside us.

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Thanks for your comment, Bob. Regards, Maxime. Thanks for your comment, Temwani! Thank you for coalescing them. Wow, Randy. Great quotes! Now how shall we live? Thanks for all those quotes, Randy! Thank you, Maxime. Rumi is such a amazing and inspiring poet. Thanks for your comment, Maxime. Yes, Rumi always finds a way to say, in simple words, what we feel deep inside. Thanks for sharing these amazing quotes. I must appreciate you and want you to keep it up. Thanks for your message, Maxime. Thanks for sharing your page Zahid. Be a tree, let the dead leaves drop.

Thank you for all the quotes. A Chinese in India. Thanks for your thoughts, Chen. I love the great RUMI …. Happy to see you liked it. Thanks, Maxime. What you seek is seeking you… Love this one! A short quote, but a deep one. Thanks for sharing with us, Maxime. Just inspiring and more. Thanks for your beautiful comment, Karen. Is there a rumi quote about scattering seeds of extravagant love…..?