Rumi´s answer to questions asked by a disciple -
What is Poison?
He replied with a beautiful answer - Anything which is more than our necessity is Poison. It may be Power Wealth Hunger Ego Greed Laziness Love Ambition Hate or anything
What is #fear.....?
Non acceptance of uncertainty.
If we accept that uncertainty it becomes adventure...!
What is envy ?
Non acceptance of good in others
If we accept that good it becomes inspiration...!
What is Anger?
Non acceptance of things which are beyond our control.
If we accept it becomes tolerance...!
What is hatred?
Non acceptance of person as he is.
If we accept person unconditionally it becomes love...!
From too much love of living, From hope and #fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever That dead men rise up never That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea.
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and #fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or #fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.
Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to #fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without #fearlessness and worship without awareness.
No work or love will flourish out of guilt, #fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
I don’t know how it is for women or for other guys, but when I was young and in my 20s, I had a #fear of marriage.
#fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men #feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational #fears.
Most men are very attached to the idea of being male, and usually experience a lot of #fear and insecurity around the idea of being a man. Most women are very identified with their gender, and also experience a tremendous amount of #fear and insecurity.
When women hold off from marrying men, we call it independence. When men hold off from marrying women, we call it #fear of commitment.
I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my #fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public.
Few women, I #fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from #fear and from silence.
The connections between and among women are the most #feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.
I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect #fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.
This #fear of the Lord is indeed the beginning of wisdom. This consciousness of sin is the straight pathway to heaven.
This society in which we live is radically changing. What previous generations saw as evil is now embraced as being good. It is a dangerous and slippery slope upon which we stand when we reject what Solomon called the beginning of wisdom - the #fear of God.
I find that to be a fool as to worldly wisdom, and to commit my cause to God, not #fearing to offend men, who take offence at the simplicity of truth, is the only way to remain unmoved at the sentiments of others.