island where all becomes clear.
solid ground beneath your feet.
the only roads are those that offer access.
bushes bend beneath the weight of proofs.
tree of valid supposition grows here
with branches disentangled since time immemorial.
tree of understanding, dazzlingly straight and simple,
sprouts by the spring called now i get it.
the thicker the woods, the vaster the vista:
the valley of obviously.
if any doubts arise, the wind dispels them instantly.
echoes stir unsummoned
and eagerly explain all the secrets of the worlds. … utopia
i’m sorry, but i don’t want to be an emperor.
that’s not my business.
i don’t want to rule
i should like to help everyone–
we all want to help one another.
human beings are like that.
we want to live by each other’s happiness
not by each other’s misery.
we don’t want to hate and despise one another.
in this world there is room for everyone. and the good earth is rich
and can provide for everyone.
the way of life can be free and beautiful,
but we have lost the way.
greed has poisoned men’s souls,
has barricaded the world with hate,
has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
we have developed speed,
but we have shut ourselves in.
machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
has made us cynical.
hard and unkind.
we think too much
feel too little.
more than machinery
we need humanity.
more than cleverness
we need kindness
gentleness. … let us all unite
to achieve great things,
two things are needed:
and not quite enough time
× leonard bernstein ×
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 are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep 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 whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
× RUMI ×
the essential rumi