Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Expressionisme - The rose's rarest essence lives in the thorns - The Forty Rules of Love

“The rose's rarest essence lives in the thorns.” 
― Rumi

When I was a child, I saw God,
I saw angels;
I watched the mysteries of the higher and lower worlds. I thought all men saw the same. At last I
realized that they did not see.…



Let us choose one another as companions!
Let us sit at each other’s feet!
Inwardly we have many harmonies—think not
That we are only what we see.

...............No matter who we are or where we live, deep inside we all feel incomplete. It’s like we have lost something and need to get it
back. Just what that something is, most of us never find out. And of those who do, even fewer manage to go out and look for it....................

........Most of the problems of the world stem from
linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstandings. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words
can only be grasped through silence.

While everyone in this world
strives to get somewhere and become someone, only to leave it all behind after death, you aim for the supreme stage of nothingness. Live this life as light and empty as the number zero. We are no different from a pot. It is not the decorations outside but the emptiness inside that holds us straight. Just like
that, it is not what we aspire to achieve but the consciousness of nothingness that keeps us going.”

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?

Fragments from: The Forty Rules of Love
Elif Shafak is one of Turkey’s most acclaimed and outspoken novelists. She was born in 1971 and is the author of six novels, including The Forty Rules of Love, The Bastard of Istanbul, The Gaze, The Saint of
Incipient Insanities and The Flea Palace, and one work of non-fiction. She teaches at the University of Arizona and divides her time between the US and Istanbul.

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Enixa Exgida said...

so beautiful

Muhammad Khalifa said...

Those rules touched my heart and loved Shams of Tabriz.
Some of those rules answered some question that that had no answer untill i read the book.
Those rules reveals much about the truth.