"Intellect takes you to the door, but it doesn't take you into the house."
"Don't search for heaven and hell in the future. Both are now present. Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven. Whenever we fight, hate, we are in hell."
"The universe is a complete unique entity. Everything and everyone is bound together with some invisible strings. Do not break anyone’s heart; do not look down on weaker than you. One’s sorrow at the other side of the world can make the entire world suffer; one’s happiness can make the entire world smile."
Quotes by Shams Tabrizi
Shams-i Tabrīzī was a Persian Shafi'ite poet, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Rumi.
He was born in Iran in 1185 and died 1248.
Tradition holds that Shams taught Rumi in seclusion in Konya for a period of forty days, before fleeing for Damascus. The tomb of Shams-i Tabrīzī was recently nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
May we vibrate the strings of peace and understanding. May we go beyond the intellect to Loving.
May compassion lead us.
Peace be still inside of me and for the people of Ukraine and Russia.
Art by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904)