Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Sad at how life has been for quite some time. There are things you presume you have complete control over but they .. just slip out of your hands.. just like that.. and everything just blows into thin air like vapours.. like a minor movement blows the entire house of cards into ashes!
Why does one put everything one has to achieve just one thing, just one desire his soul has been too tempted to attain! Whats the motivation? Whats behind this strong feeling?
The attainment of a feeling that seems to encompass all his needs and the only thing that makes him feel alive! But yet when he has finally achieved it, putting all his past, present and future at stake just to achieve THAT feeling which makes him proud of himself, the king of the entire universe, he realizes it weighs nothing, shallow, empty!
WHY? All his hard work meant nothing? Was it all futile?! To finally achieve what he wanted once so badly and realizing in the end that it was worthless?
Ah! Many earnest suppliants wail forth prayers,
Till the smoke of their wailing rises to heaven.
Yes, the perfume of the incense of sinners’ groans
mounts up above the lofty roof of Heaven.
Then the angels supplicate God, saying,
“O Thou that hearest prayer and relievest pain,
Thy faithful slave is bowing down before Thee.
He knows of none on whom to rely save Thee.
Thou bestowest favours on the helpless.
Every suppliant obtains his desire from Thee.”
God makes answer, “The delay in granting his prayer
is intended to benefit him, not to harm him.
His pressing need draws him from his negligence to Me.
Yes, [it] drags him by the hair into My courts.
If I at once remove his need he will go away,
and will be destroyed in his idle sports.
Though he is wailing with heartfelt cry of ‘O Aider!
‘ Bid him wail on with broken heart and contrite breast.
His voice sounds sweet in My ears.
His wailing and cries of ‘O God!’
in this way [of] supplication and lamentation
prevails with Me altogether.”
It is on account of their sweet voices
that choice parrots and nightingales are jailed in cages.
Ugly owls and crows are never jailed in cages.
Such a thing was never heard of in history.
The disappointments of the pious, be sure,
are appointed for this wise purpose.
List the 5 most important books you’ve ever read. Don’t think too much, just get a pen, or open a new post, and start listing books. When you’re done, go book and write a sentence or two about why each book ended up on your list. Do you think those books would have been more or less important had you read them at a different time in your life? Or would each one have effected you just as much regardless of when you read them?
aaaah!! Ive been passionate about books all my life!!.. I love them more than anything. Much of what I am and what I think belongs to my most favorite books!! They’ve made me understand life and the world better. They’ve changed my naive perspective of the people and the world. They’ve matured my mind. They’ve taken me out of my preconcieved notions and given my beliefs and thought a strong hold and Im lucky to have read them. I’m sure these five books would have had the same effect no matter whatever the time I’d read them in my life =)
Yet another awesome book on Rumi! =)
I have been wanting to read his anecdotes, and finally I can enjoy them.
I present you Karachi’s recent and Most peaceful attraction! =)
Just what the Karachiites wanted! The place is a must visit. Located at the scenic Napier Mole Bridge, Port Grand offers tons of destinations for its visitors to freshen up themselves and with its long, narrow Mermaid lane, offers the best Pakistani cuisine that will leave your taste buds happy! =)
What is the use of going to see a mountain cliff
if your face is not there?
Why hear the secret of secrets
if you are not mentioned?
If Adam and Eve and their family knew nothing of you,
whom should I ask?
What if I get prosperity and honors
and all the satisfactions anyone could want,
and never meet you?
What use is understanding
if I do not see the blade of your anger
with honey curling around it?
What use is water, wedding gifts, Joseph’s soul,
sparks igniting, hair?
The hundreds of lies composing one truth?
The two worlds calling each other<
I praise stray dogs on the street,
lions wandering wilderness, and Shams Tabriz.
It does not matter what I say.