Sunday, October 15, 2006

The guest house | Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently swep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

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.

- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207 — 1273), the 13th century poet, muslim jurist, theologian and sufi mystic. Greetings of peace to his soul. | poetry credit | image credit Mystical Mike Pin It Now!