Maulana Rumi (1207-1273) Guesthouse

“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 sweep your house

empty of all its furniture.

 Still treat each guest honourably.

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 one has been sent as a guide from beyond.”



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