The Essential Rumi: Selected Spiritual Thoughts

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The Essential Rumi is a collection of spiritual and mystical poems that enlightens its readers about the beauty of being true to one’s faith in God; no matter what their religion is.

Moreover, reading this was entirely mind-boggling that it gives you that profound and all different kinds of emotions while getting lost in the written words of Rumi.

And for the reason that it was so touchingly beautiful to read that I’ve decided to post it in my blog those highlighted thoughts that I’ve noted while I was reading this.

 

“La’illaha il’Allahu (“There’s no reality but God; there is only God”)”

“Our gratitude to God holds them to us, and brings more besides.”

“God blesses both and all in the line, and replaces what has been consumed, and provides for those who work the soil of helpfulness, and blesses Muhammad and Jesus and every other messenger and prophet. Amen, and may the Lord of all created beings bless you.”

“Whoever acts with respect will get respect. Whoever brings sweetness will be served almond cake. Good women are drawn to be with good men.”

“The foundation and the walls of the spiritual life are made of self-denials and disciplines. Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you’re doing, and how they’re doing, and keep your practices together.”

“A True Person is more calm and deliberate. He or she doesn’t worry about interruptions.”

“Don’t go to sleep one night. What you most want will come to you then. Warmed by a sun inside, you’ll see wonders. Tonight, don’t put your head down. Be tough, and strength will come. That which adoration adores appears at night. Those asleep may miss it. One night Moses stayed awake and asked, and saw a light in a tree.”

“There is a way that leads from all-colors to colorlessness. Know that the magnificent variety of the clouds and the weather comes from the total simplicity of the sun and the moon.”

“Humble living does not diminish. It fills. Going back to a simpler self gives wisdom.”

“Miracles don’t cause faith, but rather the scent of kindredness that unites people. Miracles overwhelm unbelief. Faith grows from friendship.”

“May God cause you to change your life in the way you know you should.”

“There are no rules for worship. Say whatever and however your loving tells you to. Your sweet blasphemy is the truest devotion. Through you a whole world is freed. Loosen your tongue and don’t worry what comes out. It’s all the light of the spirit.”

“Love is a quality of God. Fear is an attribute of those who think they serve God”

“The way you make love is the way God will be with you.”

“When you’re traveling, ask a traveler for advice, not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.”

“Love of one’s country is part of the faith.” But don’t take that literally! Your real “country” is where you’re heading, not where you are. Don’t misread that hadith.”

“Do not believe an absurdity, no matter who says it.”

“Do not grieve over what is past. It’s over. Never regret what has happened.”

“Don’t give advice to someone who’s groggy and falling asleep.”

“Any love based on physical beauty is not love.”

“This world is a mountain. What we do is a shout. The echo comes back to us.”

“I go into the Muslim mosque and the Jewish synagogue and the Christian church and I see one altar.” And he made it clear in other places that someone who considers religion or nation an important human category is in danger of severing the heart from its ability to act compassionately. This is a radical idea now, but Rumi held the conviction in the thirteenth century with such deep gentleness that its truth was recognized.”

“If you are rich and full-fed, don’t laugh at the impulsiveness of the poor. They were not acting from their souls, but they were acting out of some necessity.”

“Meditation, or any solitary practice (a walk before dawn, a poem every morning, sitting on the roof at sunset), gives depth and expands the soul’s action.”

“Anything you do every day can open into the deepest spiritual place, which is freedom.”

“Love has no calculating in it. That’s why it’s said to be a quality of God and not of human beings. “God loves you” is the only possible sentence. The subject becomes the object so totally that it can’t be turned around. Who will the “you” pronoun stand for, if you say, “You love God”?”

I’am so small I can barely be seen. How can this great love be inside me? Look at your eyes. They are small, but they see enormous things.”

“Whoever finds love beneath hurt and grief disappears into emptiness with a thousand new disguises.”

“Be relentless in your looking, because you are the one you seek.”

“Your deepest desire for a window should be as an open empty place through which to hear the call to prayer.”

“Traveler, don’t try to decide where to stop. Whatever you are attracted to, you weary of. From being a sperm cell to a young man to an old man, notice the changes. Stay light on your feet and keep moving. Speak any language, Turkish, Greek, Persian, Arabic, but always speak with love.”

“Tenderness is not always appropriate. Sometimes, there must be a sudden turning away.”

“Love is the vital core of the soul, and of all you see, only love is infinite.”

“Don’t judge those who are beyond judgment. Don’t speak of anything you haven’t experienced.”

“The taste of today is not that of yesterday.”

“Reason and patience like well-meaning uncles come to rail about how difficult this world is. Love helps you see into the invisible. Water washes your hands. Earth sits quiet like a childhood friend.”

“All beauty is God’s beauty.”

“I tell everything, but I do not say it, because my friend, it is better your secret be spoken by you.”

“The puppet show looks charming, but go behind the screen and watch who runs it.”

“Let your prayer be pure praise, not begging for something to happen, or not happen.”

“Giving to charity and giving up jealousy are ways to say how it is inside us.”

“Any time you exert yourself by going somewhere, giving money, or taking time to pray, you are saying, There is a priceless jewel inside me. Fasting says, I have not eaten even what is permitted. I must want no connection to what is not. Giving to the poor says, I am distributing my own property. Certainly, I will not steal from others.”

“On every trip, have only one objective, to meet those who are friends inside the presence.

If you stay home, keep the same purpose, to meet the innermost presence as it lives in people.”

“Pay attention to those who want to change so badly they cry and dissolve into loving kindness and freedom.”

“Good people find each other. Honor your friends and watch what happens.”

“Sometimes, though, it is fear that brings you to the presence.”

“There is one sure way to know a hypocrite. Listen to how he speaks, the quality of the voice and his peculiar enunciation will reveal more about him than his face or physique.”

“Quit pretending to be clear. That pretense keeps you from receiving what I can give.”

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

 

 

 

So whats your favorite thoughts from the book?

Please feel free to post it on the comments section.

And that’s it for now. Till my next blog post.

Thank you so much for reading!

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Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho: 18 Selected Inspiring Thoughts.

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For this blog post of mine, I’m going to share with you those quotes that I’ve highlighted while I was reading Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra.

In which by the way, I’m also grateful that I’ve read this at the right time when I needed such inspiring and profound thoughts to help me feel calm and at ease. For such insights shared in this book about everything in life gave me such strength to overcome my fears and to be more braver and more positive all throughout. To keep the faith and believe that it’s going to be okay.

 

So here are the following quotes:

  1. “Learn three important things: Wait patiently for the right moment to act. Do not let the next opportunity slip by you. And take pride in your scars.”

  2. “In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat; there is only movement.”

  3. “They listen to the beating of their own heart. They’re aware of being tense, of being afraid. They consider their life and discover that, despite the fear, their faith is still alive in their soul, driving them onward.”

  4. “Expect nothing and you won’t be disappointed.”

  5. “Solitude is not the absence of love, but its complement.”

  6. “In cases of unrequited love, there is always the hope that one day it will be requited.”

  7. “Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference.”

  8. “Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams. This may not seem very important to you, but God, who sees all, knows that the example you give is helping Him to improve the world. And each day, He will bestow more blessings upon it.”

  9. “May I be capable of accepting myself as I am: a person who walks and feels and talks like anyone else, but who, despite his faults, is also brave.”

  10. “No matter how you are feeling, get up every morning and prepare to let your light shine forth.”

  11. “Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.”

  12. “Fate is never unfair to anyone. We are all free to love or hate what we do. When we love, we find the same joy in our daily activity as do those who one day set off in search of their dreams.”

  13. What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”

  14. Anxiety is part of love, and should not be blamed because of that.

  15. “Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it – just as we have learned to live with storms.”

  16. When you are going through difficult times, remember: you might have lost some major battles, but you survived and you’re still here. That is a victory. Show your happiness and celebrate your ability to go forward.”

  17. Love does not need to be understood. It needs only to be shown.”

  18. “Love is an act of Faith.”

 

Well, that’s it for now, and till my next blog post.

Thank you so much for reading!

 

Book Review: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

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A year in Provence is some sort of a personal memoir written by Peter Mayle.

Describing how his first year living in the French countryside had turned out to be for him and his wife. In which such details were divided into twelve chapters in the book – from January to December.

Actually this decision was something that both of them had been wanting to do. To retire early, and to live a simple life in a small town community. So they’ve packed most of their important belongings and moved into an old farmhouse in the Luberon mountains between Avignon and Aix.

But on their first month in Provence, they were welcomed by the cold winter season. Plus, the house needs a lot of improvements. Which was truly a real struggle for them, and an experience that they were not used to since they usually come to visit the place during the tourist season.

However, despite all of that, Peter and his wife really knew for sure that everything is really going to be worth it. Because Provence is the kind of place that really attracts its visitors of its stunning views of the mountains including its surrounding farms and its vineyards. Another thing is that there’s just something quaint and vintage about its small villages that it tends to feel like you’re on the other side of the world.

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So why do I have an idea about a place that I still haven’t got that chance to visit (but seriously been wanting to)?

Well, before I’ve decided to read the book, I had to make sure that I will have an overview of Provence. So I had to see the film adaptation of Good Year (a novel also written by Peter Mayle) in order to properly visualize this famous countryside, and also to get an idea of some of the important details that might be mentioned in the book – like their usual greetings, the culture of its community, and also their local dishes.

Then by the time I started reading it, I was entirely fascinated by the author’s writing style, for it was very detailed, affable to read, informative, and simply captivating. And even if this was written for almost three decades ago, and that times have already changed since then, I still think that this book is a wonderful reference for anyone who has any plans of visiting France, specifically Provence. In addition to that, it has also a very thorough seasonal account of the place, including those highly recommended restaurants to dine into, and not the usual and overrated restaurants for its tourist.

A year may seem like a short period of time, but a lot has happened since Peter Mayle and his wife had decided to live abroad, and experienced the real charms and frustrations of living a Provencal life, because they’ve truly fallen in love with the place; its people, the food, and how they’ve taken such importance of leading a quiet and meaningful life.

For someone who’ve been wanting to visit France one day, I’ve felt a real connection while reading the author’s personal account of his experiences in living there. And for one moment, it was like I was actually in Provence – living the dream.

Hopefully, one day, I’ll have the chance to go to this breathtaking and beautiful countryside.

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It was a very insightful one to read. In addition to that, I’ve also learned that the author wrote this book so that its readers may know that there’s more to Provence than what we tend to hear from those people who’ve already visited there. Well, of course, it’s a very stunning place. But it’s the kind of a countryside in where its local knows the importance of living a good life and eating a good food with your loved ones. And it’s not about being lazy, it’s just that these people just knew what they truly want in choosing to live a quality life with your friends and family.

The kind of book that after reading will leave all of its readers wanting for more, because getting into the world of Peter Mayle is like they’re on a year-long vacation from France, and would love to extend their stay there.

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it for now, and till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading!

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Book Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

a22ee4224c6fc7a20ab86699469cf0cfAs expected, this book entitled Easy by Tammara Webber is such a beautiful story that it got me hooked on reading it in just a short period of time. And I’m so grateful to Goodreads for letting me discover this wonderful novel.

I think it was at that time when I was surfing the site for an interesting but unfamiliar book to read that I found this. But it took me awhile before I’ve decided to read it. I guess its because I was never keen on reading college romances.

Anyway, the beginning of the story was certainly an unusual one. For it was really interesting, suspenseful, exciting and catchy. The story of Lucas and Jacqueline is definitely one of my favorites, and reading their emails and text messages were so much fun. Plus what I like about the story, aside from the fact that it’s actually my first time to read a college romance, is that, on how both of them have found each other.

So even if both of them were kinda lost, but fate had stepped in so that they can learn from each other, and support one another with all the love growing between the two of them. I’ve also learned from reading this story is that when it comes to loving someone, it’s not about giving up what you really want in life just for the sake of your loved ones, for it’s all about balancing everything to support one another (but of course, not that one-sided support).

Because doing so would be like you’re evolving your life for that someone alone, which shouldn’t be the case since you have to retain your individuality as a person.

All in all, it was definitely a page-turner and I had so much fun reading it.

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it, until my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

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Book Review: From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

 

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is a beautiful story about Angelo Bianco, a young priest, and his childhood friend, a violinist named Eva Rosselli.

Set in Italy during the German Occupation, this is a tale of a passionate and forbidden love in a time where things were so uncertain, and full of obstacles.

The kind of novel that I had never thought that would make me feel so emotional while reading it. Seriously, it was that engrossing and heartbreaking to read.

Furthermore, the author of this inspiring story had captured its readers by giving them a glimpse on how these people from all the countries that were invaded by the Germans lived during those times. So as a reader, I was painfully hit hard of the idea on how arduous it is for them to live a life in fear, but at the same time, trying to be brave and strong as they cling to the hope that one day, they will be able to see the light of a newer and brighter world. A world in which everyone would live in peace and harmony – without any judgment or discrimination just because they have a different race or religion. And that it also doesn’t matter who they are because what matters most is the sense of respect, kindness, and love for one another.

For sure, every reader who have already read the book, knew that the story of Angelo and Eva is something that they will never ever forget. Not just because of their love story, but more on how this couple have been such an inspiration, and despite the fact that Angelo is a Catholic (and a priest), and Eva being a Jewish. Such obstacles have really been a test on how strong is their love for one another. Using that love not just for themselves, but also offering it all to God; asking for the strength and courage to guide them in helping the Jews in their community. Risking their lives because they want to fight for justice because of all the inhumane and cruel things that they’ve witnessed from the German soldiers and officials.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

So before I wrap it up this blog of mine, I would like to share that before I’ve finished reading the novel, I already knew that this one have definitely made it at the top of list as one of the best books that I’ve ever read. For it was so heartbreakingly beautiful, and I still haven’t recovered from it. And just thinking about it every now and then gives me that emotional feeling that I just couldn’t entirely explain.

Well yes, it’s a fiction, but all the details about the invasion that were described in the story were true. A reminder, especially after so many decades had passed, that one should always hope and pray that something like that should never happen again, and to keep the faith that the good will always triumph over evil.

Plus, even if I’m a person who doesn’t entirely practice her religion, but I faithfully believe in God. That I believe, not in its traditions, but in humanity’s faith to do good things.

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And as a bonus, below are the following quotes that I’ve highlighted while reading the book.

“They can take our homes, our possessions. Our families. Our lives. They can drive us out, like they’ve driven us out before. They can humiliate us and dehumanize us. But they cannot take our thoughts. They cannot take our talents. They cannot take our knowledge, or our memories, or our minds. In music there is no bondage. Music is a door, and the soul escapes through the melody.”

“Love had not made them poor. Love had made them wealthy. In that moment, they were royalty, a king of fortune and a queen of destiny, embracing a tiny prince of peace.”

“God makes me strong. He gives me courage. He gives me peace. He gives me purpose.”

“Sand and ash. The ingredients of glass. Such beauty created from nothing. It had been something Babbo had marveled about and something she’d never understood. From sand and ash, rebirth. From sand and ash, new life. With every song and with every prayer, with every small rebellion, Eva felt reborn, renewed, and she vowed to press on. She vowed to push back, to make glass from the ashes, and that courage was a victory in itself. Eva”

“Does it matter how we pray, if our devotion is pure, if our love for him leads us to love and serve and forgive and be better?”

“But we have to live in order to learn. And sometimes we have to fight in order to live.”

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well that’s it for now and till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

Highlighted Poems: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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“Poetry is what happens when your mind stops working, and for a moment, all you do is feel.”

-Atticus

For my first blog post for the month of November 2017, I’m going to share with you those poems that I’ve highlighted and saved while I was reading Ms. Rupi Kaur’s latest collection of poems.

In which by the way these poems have been a very inspiring and mind-boggling one to read. And it’s like getting into a glimpse into the poet’s vulnerability, and because of that, she was able to flow such thoughts in a writing that had resulted into creating such poems that a lot of modern women can truly related themselves into.

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the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

Furthermore, it was very thoughtful of her, to dedicate it to her dear mother – the woman who was braved enough to leave behind her family and country in order to pursue a better life with her husband and children to a place that is culturally different than what she was used to.

In addition to that, ever since Rupi Kaur had been a child, she had always looked up to her mother as a source of strength and inspiration in becoming the kind of person that she wanted to be. Someone who is independent and knows her worth as a woman.

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the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

And if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

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the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur

 

 

Book Review: The Note by Zoe Folbigg

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A heartwarming true story about the author of this book. Which is tale of a love, but also truly inspiring and uplifting to read.

I think it was in late September, when I was scrolling on my news-feed on Facebook that I came across an article about a young woman who commutes to work every day by a train. Usually, it would just be an ordinary and typical day for her, but suddenly it wasn’t so anymore; for there was a new commuter – a beautiful young man.

Then after that, he became a fellow passenger every morning, and as time passes by, she had fallen in love of this particular stranger. Of course, it sounds kind of irrational to fall for someone you really don’t know at all. Except for this woman, because she tends to feel like there’s a real connection between her and the guy. And deep down, she just knew that he could be THE ONE.

For months she’s been wanting to have the chance to get to know him. However, every time she sees him, he’s just always stuck in a book- reading. Then one day, after gathering such courage and words of inspiration from her love ones. She was brave enough to slip him a note, asking if he’s interested to come and meet her for a drink.

So wanna know what actually happened to them?

Well, there’s only one way to find out. And that is to read it.

Furthermore, I would like to share my own insights about the novel, and I’m going to be very bunt by telling you that after reading the article. I was so intrigue of the story that I’ve decided to get my own copy and read it right away. But the thing is, I actually didn’t enjoy reading the first half of the book. I guess, as a reader, I was a bit confused on how some of the point-of-views of the main characters were being presented. So it took a little getting used to before I was able to really grasp the author’s writing style.

Yet when I got to the second half of the story, especially to that part when the young woman had given the note to the train main, it got all exciting, that in just a matter of days, I was able to finish reading it.

Then after going through the whole romance of the author and her train man, (despite the minor difficulty that I’ve encountered), I just knew that this one deserves a book review in my blog. Because I wanna share and recommend to you a novel that doesn’t really focus on the romance itself, but on the importance of being courageous in pursuing what you really want and also to what makes you profoundly happy.

Plus, this story enlightens its readers on the simple thought that being brave by taking a chance on something you desire could really change everything. You just have to believe in it.

By the way, if you want a copy of this book. You can buy it online with a free shipping worldwide at Book Depository.

Well, that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.