Only Breath by Rumi

Rumi

Rumi

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu
Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion

or cultural system. I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean or up

from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,

am not an entity in this world or in the next,
did not descend from Adam and Eve or any

origin story. My place is placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved, have seen the two
worlds as one and that one call to and know,

first, last, outer, inner, only that
breath breathing human being.

See Also:
Rumi Quotes

Moving water by Rumi

Love Letters in the Sand Some Quotes of Kahlil Gibran

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About the alchemist

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, 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. Ideas, language, even the phrase each other doesn't make any sense. ~Rumi
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3 Responses to Only Breath by Rumi

  1. Purnimodo says:

    Absolutely love this one!! 😀

  2. seanmirza says:

    this is one of my favorite poems by Rumi. He captures the essence of the soul.

  3. Bruce Burns says:

    Rumi’s poetry continues to move across cultures and centuries, as he bares much of the raw core of a heart’s desire.

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