Rumi Quotes

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.
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The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
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Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
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What you seek is seeking you.
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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
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Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
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The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.
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Rumi (The Illuminated Rumi)
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Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.
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If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
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Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
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You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
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Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
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Knock, And He'll open the door Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.
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When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you're not here, I can't go to sleep. Praise God for those two insomnias! And the difference between them.
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Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
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My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.
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silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.
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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
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Rumi (Masnavi i Man'avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula)
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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.
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Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.
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Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.
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Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
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Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.
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Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.
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Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
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I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
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There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don't you?
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Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
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Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.
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Travel brings power and love back into your life.
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Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames
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Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open?
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I want to see you. Know your voice. Recognize you when you first come 'round the corner. Sense your scent when I come into a room you've just left. Know the lift of your heel, the glide of your foot. Become familiar with the way you purse your lips then let them part, just the slightest bit, when I lean in to your space and kiss you. I want to know the joy of how you whisper "more
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Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
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I know you're tired but come, this is the way.
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Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.
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A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.
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Rumi (Words of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi)
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We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.
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This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.
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Two there are who are never satisfied -- the lover of the world and the lover of knowledge.
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Rumi (Ω…Ψ«Ω†ΩˆΫŒ Ω…ΨΉΩ†ΩˆΫŒ)
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Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
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And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?
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Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. 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.
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Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love.
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Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
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I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I've been knocking from the inside.
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Sit, be still, and listen, because you're drunk and we're at the edge of the roof.
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Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
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Take someone who doesn't keep score, who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he's free.
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Either give me more wine or leave me alone.
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Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.
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You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.
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People want you to be happy. Don't keep serving them your pain! If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves.
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Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah…it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.
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The cure for pain is in the pain.
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But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.
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Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.
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I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.
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What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.
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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!
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A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That's how I hold your voice.
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These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.
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That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.
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Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.
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This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
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Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged
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You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.
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Study me as much as you like, you will not know me, for I differ in a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.
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If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill let yourself fall ill.
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You wander from room to room Hunting for the diamond necklace That is already around your neck!
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You are the universe in ecstatic motion.
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Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.
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I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way. Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.
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Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul.
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Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
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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.
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The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you Don't go back to sleep! You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep! People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch, The door is round and open Don't go back to sleep!
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In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.
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My heart is so small it's almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? "Look," He answered, "your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world.
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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. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.
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Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I'll be mad.
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The moon stays bright when it doesn't avoid the night.
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You think because you understand 'one' you must also understand 'two', because one and one make two. But you must also understand 'and'.
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Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone's soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.
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Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript oΖ’ a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.
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Rumi (Hush, Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi)
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Beauty surrounds us.
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Like a sculptor, if necessary, carve a friend out of stone. Realize that your inner sight is blind and try to see a treasure in everyone.
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Here is a relationship booster that is guaranteed to work: Every time your spouse or lover says something stupid make your eyes light up as if you just heard something brilliant.
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Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be.
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At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language-door and open the love-window. The moon won't use the door, only the window.
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Rumi (A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings)
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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
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Remember. The way you make love is the way God will be with you.
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Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about… say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.
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Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon; How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.
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When you feel a peaceful joy, that's when you are near truth.
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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
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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.
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The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.
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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.
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When someone is counting out gold for you, don't look at your hands, or the gold. Look at the giver.
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Rumi (The Masnavi: Book Two)
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Lovers find secret places inside this violent world where they make transactions with beauty.
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They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls?
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You try to be faithful And sometimes you're cruel. You are mine. Then, you leave. Without you, I can't cope. And when you take the lead, I become your footstep. Your absence leaves a void. Without you, I can't cope. You have disturbed my sleep, You have wrecked my image. You have set me apart. Without you, I can't cope.
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Rumi (Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi)
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Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.
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Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.
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There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope. The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.
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Anyone who knows me, should learn to know me again; For I am like the Moon, you will see me with new face everyday.
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Within tears, find hidden laughter Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one.
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I am your moon and your moonlight too I am your flower garden and your water too I have come all this way, eager for you Without shoes or shawl I want you to laugh To kill all your worries To love you To nourish you.
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You are a volume in the divine book A mirror to the power that created the universe Whatever you want, ask it of yourself Whatever you’re looking for can only be found Inside of you
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Rumi (The Rubais of Rumi: Insane with Love)
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Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave 'til it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.
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Rumi (Words of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi)
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I will soothe you and heal you, I will bring you roses. I too have been covered with thorns.
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All people on the planet are children, except for a very few. No one is grown up except those free of desire.
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When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.
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I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you all else melted away.
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Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere?
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Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.
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There are lovers content with longing. I’m not one of them.
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The rose's rarest essence lives in the thorns.
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My lips got lost on the way to the kiss - that's how drunk I was.
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I will be waiting here.... For your silence to break, For your soul to shake, For your love to wake!
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The lion is most handsome when looking for food.
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Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.
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You think you are alive because you breathe air? Shame on you, that you are alive in such a limited way. Don't be without Love, so you won't feel dead. Die in Love and stay alive forever.
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Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there.
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Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being.
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This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.
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Shine like the whole universe is yours.
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Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots.
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You are so weak. Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.
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The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.
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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 in my dreams, you have no end.
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Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, "I know you're tired, but come. This is the way.
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What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.
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Love comes with a knife, not some shy question, and not with fears for its reputation!
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Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall and falling, they're given wings.
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I am yours. Don't give myself back to me.
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Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.
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Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere.
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Guillermo del Toro (Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water: Creating a Fairy Tale for Troubled Times)
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Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies.
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Rumi (Ω…Ψ«Ω†ΩˆΫŒ Ω…ΨΉΩ†ΩˆΫŒ)
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This is how I would die into the love I have for you: As pieces of cloud dissolve in sunlight.
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Keep walking, though there's no place to get to. Don't try to see through the distances. That's not for human beings. Move within, But don't move the way fear makes you move.
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You think of yourself as a citizen of the universe. You think you belong to this world of dust and matter. Out of this dust you have created a personal image, and have forgotten about the essence of your true origin
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Do not leave me, hide in my heart like a secret, wind around my head like a turban. "I come and go as I please," you say, "swift as a heartbeat." You can tease me as much as you like but never leave me.
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You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.
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Let silence take you to the core of life.
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Give your weakness to one who helps.
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Whoever's calm and sensible is insane!
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Rumi (The Essential Rumi)
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She loved him so much she concealed his name in many phrases, the inner meanings known only to her.
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Rumi (The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing)
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The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart
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Love calls - everywhere and always. We're sky bound. Are you coming?
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An eye is meant to see things. The soul is here for its own joy. A head has one use: For loving a true love. Feet: To chase after. Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind, for learning what men have done and tried to do. Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why. A lover is always accused of something. But when he finds his love, whatever was lost in the looking comes back completely changed.
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Rumi (Night and Sleep)
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Try something different. Surrender.
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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.
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You are a lover of your own experience ... not of me ... you turn to me to feel ur own emotion
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Rumi (Ω…Ψ«Ω†ΩˆΫŒ Ω…ΨΉΩ†ΩˆΫŒ)
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At the end of my life, with just one breath left, if you come, I’ll sit up and sing.
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For without you, I swear, the town Has become like a prison to me. Distraction and the mountain And the desert, all I desire.
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Rumi (Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi)
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In the house of lovers, the music never stops, the walls are made of songs & the floor dances
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Love is the cure, for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain until your eyes constantly exhale love as effortlessly as your body yields its scent.
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Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition.
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Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.
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Soul, if you want to learn secrets,
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Rumi (The Essential Rumi)
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I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God.
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To live without you is to be robbed of love and what is life without it? To live without you is death to me, my love but some call it life.
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I, you, he, she, we In the garden of mystic lovers, these are not true distinctions.
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The universe and the light of the stars come through me.
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I don't want learning, or dignity, or respectability. I want this music, and this dawn, and the warmth of your cheek against mine.
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The ground's generosity takes in our compost and grows beauty! Try to be more like the ground.
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Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you've been given the door with open.
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If in the darkness of ignorance, you don’t recognize a person’s true nature, look to see whom he has chosen for his leader.
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Rumi (Ω…Ψ«Ω†ΩˆΫŒ Ω…ΨΉΩ†ΩˆΫŒ)
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Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love
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let's get away from all the clever humans who put words in our mouth let's only say what our hearts desire.
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The Ego is a veil between humans and God’.” β€œIn prayer all are equal.
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Woman is the light of God.
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Don't try to steer the boat. Don't open shop for yourself. Listen. Keep silent. You are not God's mouthpiece. Try to be an ear, And if you do speak, ask for explanations.
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Rumi (The Essential Rumi)
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Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.
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Rumi (The Essential Rumi)
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Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
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I want to be where your bare foot walks, because maybe before you step, you'll look at the ground. I want that blessing
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The way of love is not a subtle argument. The door there is devastation. Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they're given wings.
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If Light Is In Your Heart You Will Find Your Way Home.
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Forget safety. Live where you fear to live.
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Rumi
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The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it's gone.
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Rumi
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This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say.
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Rumi
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Very little grows on jagged rock. Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.
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Rumi
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I said: what about my eyes? He said: Keep them on the road. I said: What about my passion? He said: Keep it burning. I said: What about my heart? He said: Tell me what you hold inside it? I said: Pain and sorrow. He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
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Oh sky, without me, do not change, Oh moon, without me, do not shine; Oh earth, without me, do not grow, Oh time, without me, do not go. ...Oh, you cannot go, without me.
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Rumi (Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi)
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The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.
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Rumi
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I am weary of personal worrying, in love with the art of madness.
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Rumi
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Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.
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Rumi
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You have no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.
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Rumi
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Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.
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The great Sufi poet and philosopher Rumi once advised his students to write down the three things they most wanted in life. If any item on the list clashes with any other item, Rumi warned, you are destined for unhappiness. Better to live a life of single-pointed focus, he taught. But what about the benefits of living harmoniously among extremes? What if you could somehow create an expansive enough life that you could synchronize seemingly incongruous opposites into a worldview that excludes nothing?
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Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
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I look at the blanked-out faces of the other passengers--hoisting their briefcases, their backpacks, shuffling to disembark--and I think of what Hobie said: beauty alters the grain of reality. And I keep thinking too of the more conventional wisdom: namely, that the pursuit of pure beauty is a trap, a fast track to bitterness and sorrow, that beauty has to be wedded to something more meaningful. Only what is that thing? Why am I made the way I am? Why do I care about all the wrong things, and nothing at all for the right ones? Or, to tip it another way: how can I see so clearly that everything I love or care about is illusion, and yet--for me, anyway--all that's worth living for lies in that charm? A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don't get to choose our own hearts. We can't make ourselves want what's good for us or what's good for other people. We don't get to choose the people we are. Because--isn't it drilled into us constantly, from childhood on, an unquestioned platitude in the culture--? From William Blake to Lady Gaga, from Rousseau to Rumi to Tosca to Mister Rogers, it's a curiously uniform message, accepted from high to low: when in doubt, what to do? How do we know what's right for us? Every shrink, every career counselor, every Disney princess knows the answer: "Be yourself." "Follow your heart." Only here's what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can't be trusted--? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight toward a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?...If your deepest self is singing and coaxing you straight toward the bonfire, is it better to turn away? Stop your ears with wax? Ignore all the perverse glory your heart is screaming at you? Set yourself on the course that will lead you dutifully towards the norm, reasonable hours and regular medical check-ups, stable relationships and steady career advancement the New York Times and brunch on Sunday, all with the promise of being somehow a better person? Or...is it better to throw yourself head first and laughing into the holy rage calling your name?
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Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch)
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I searched for God among the Christians and on the Cross and therein I found Him not. I went into the ancient temples of idolatry; no trace of Him was there. I entered the mountain cave of Hira and then went as far as Qandhar but God I found not. With set purpose I fared to the summit of Mount Caucasus and found there only 'anqa's habitation. Then I directed my search to the Kaaba, the resort of old and young; God was not there even. Turning to philosophy I inquired about him from ibn Sina but found Him not within his range. I fared then to the scene of the Prophet's experience of a great divine manifestation only a "two bow-lengths' distance from him" but God was not there even in that exalted court. Finally, I looked into my own heart and there I saw Him; He was nowhere else.
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Rumi
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In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves." "You suppose you are the trouble But you are the cure You suppose that you are the lock on the door But you are the key that opens it It's too bad that you want to be someone else You don't see your own face, your own beauty Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours." "Only from the heart Can you touch the sky." "People of the world don't look at themselves, and so they blame one another." "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
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Rumi
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Like This If anyone asks you how the perfect satisfaction of all our sexual wanting will look, lift your face and say, Like this. When someone mentions the gracefulness of the nightsky, climb up on the roof and dance and say, Like this. If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is, or what "God’s fragrance" means, lean your head toward him or her. Keep your face there close. Like this. When someone quotes the old poetic image about clouds gradually uncovering the moon, slowly loosen knot by knot the strings of your robe. Like this. If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead, don’t try to explain the miracle. Kiss me on the lips. Like this. Like this. When someone asks what it means to "die for love," point here. If someone asks how tall I am, frown and measure with your fingers the space between the creases on your forehead. This tall. The soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns. When someone doesn’t believe that, walk back into my house. Like this. When lovers moan, they’re telling our story. Like this. I am a sky where spirits live. Stare into this deepening blue, while the breeze says a secret. Like this. When someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in his hand. Like this. How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob? Huuuuu. How did Jacob’s sight return? Huuuu. A little wind cleans the eyes. Like this. When Shams comes back from Tabriz, he’ll put just his head around the edge of the door to surprise us Like this.
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Rumi
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For ages you have come and gone courting this delusion. For ages you have run from the pain and forfeited the ecstasy. So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul. Although you appear in earthly form Your essence is pure Consciousness. You are the fearless guardian of Divine Light. So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul. When you lose all sense of self the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish. Lose yourself completely, Return to the root of the root of your own soul. You descended from Adam, by the pure Word of God, but you turned your sight to the empty show of this world. Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little? So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul. Why are you so enchanted by this world when a mine of gold lies within you? Open your eyes and come --- Return to the root of the root of your own soul. You were born from the rays of God's Majesty when the stars were in their perfect place. How long will you suffer from the blows of a nonexistent hand? So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul. You are a ruby encased in granite. How long will you decieve Us with this outer show? O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes! So come, return to the root of the root of your own soul. After one moment with that glorious Friend you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic. Your eyes were sweet and full of fire. Come, return to the root of the root of your own soul. Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern has handed you an eternal cup, And God in all His glory is pouring the wine. So come! Drink! Return to the root of the root of your own soul. Soul of all souls, life of all life - you are That. Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving - you are That. The road that leads to the City is endless; Go without head and feet and you'll already be there. What else could you be? - you are That.
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Rumi
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What can I do, Muslims? I do not know myself. I am neither Christian nor Jew, neither Magian nor Muslim, I am not from east or west, not from land or sea, not from the shafts of nature nor from the spheres of the firmament, not of the earth, not of water, not of air, not of fire. I am not from the highest heaven, not from this world, not from existence, not from being. I am not from India, not from China, not from Bulgar, not from Saqsin, not from the realm of the two Iraqs, not from the land of Khurasan. I am not from the world, not from beyond, not from heaven and not from hell. I am not from Adam, not from Eve, not from paradise and not from Ridwan. My place is placeless, my trace is traceless, no body, no soul, I am from the soul of souls. I have chased out duality, lived the two worlds as one. One I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call. He is the first, he is the last, he is the outer, he is the inner. Beyond He and He is I know no other. I am drunk from the cup of love, the two worlds have escaped me. I have no concern but carouse and rapture. If one day in my life I spend a moment without you from that hour and that time I would repent my life. If one day I am given a moment in solitude with you I will trample the two worlds underfoot and dance forever. O Sun of Tabriz, I am so tipsy here in this world, I have no tale to tell but tipsiness and rapture.
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