shams tabriz

A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.
—  Shams of Tabriz
No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us. So consider carefully what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life.
—  Shams Tabriz
It’s easy to love a perfect God, unblemished and infallible that He is. What is far more difficult is to love fellow human beings with all their imperfections and defects. Remember, one can only know what one is capable of loving. There is no wisdom without love. Unless we learn to love God’s creation, we can never truly love nor truly know God.
—  Shams of Tabriz (1145 - 1248)
Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to look at the end of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be shortsighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full.
—  Shams of Tabriz

Hollywood producers want Leonardo DiCaprio to play historic Muslim poet Rumi

A biopic about Rumi, the 13th century Muslim poet (born in present-day Afghanistan) is now in development. Producer Stephen Joel Brown told the Guardian they hope Leonardo DiCaprio will play Rumi. But wait it gets worse, they want another hugely famous white actor to play Shams of Tabriz, Rumi’s Iranian spiritual advisor.

How can love be worthy of its name if one selects solely the pretty things and leaves out the hardships? It is easy to enjoy the good and dislike the bad. Anybody can do that. The real challenge is to love the good and the bad together, not because you need to take the rough with the smooth but because you need to go beyond such descriptions and accept love in its entirety.”
-Shams Tabrizi

Rumi is More Than A Dispenser of Clever Words – Find Your Own Shams

People are drawn to the poetic utterances of Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273). In the lives of many, Rumi has become the rare example of encountering a genuine spiritual master of the past, what the Sufis call a “murshid”, an advanced spiritual teacher or guide. More than a poet, they sense there is a radiance behind Rumi’s words, that really, Rumi offers a radically different and far more enchanting approach to God or the spiritual world than the conventional religion they know.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic. For some reason, this particular Sufi poet has become extremely popular and well-known to many, yet Rumi is one of thousands of such celebrated Gnostic poet-mystics, Sants and Sufis of the East.

Sufism is a form of Islamic Gnosticism, a school of mysticism. Rumi’s spiritual teacher (living master, murshid) was Shams of Tabriz, a disciple of Baba Kamal al-Din Jumdi in a Sufi Order, a living school of spirituality. In Arabic, “Shams” means “Sun”. For Rumi, Shams was his light-giver (guru), the spiritual guide, someone who communicated the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, the methods of spiritual practice, meditation, how to ascend through the heavens and commune with the Beloved Supreme Being.

Rumi is a great read, composed great poems, contributed much to the world of literature? Sure. However, to truly “get” Rumi and come to appreciate his message, we need to find our own living Shams of Tabriz.

The Master-Student Relationship

“Rumi trusted his heart and soul to Shams, and Shams said, ‘That is a good beginning. What more can you offer?’

”'There is nothing more!’ cried Rumi.

“Shams replied, 'Still you sleep, Rumi. It is a new day. Wake up! You resist my words because of your own insecurities and the fear that right now you could be the God that you truly are. Could I, as your friend, allow you to continue living a life of limitation when you know better?’”

Rumi says: “If you seek to know God, sit at the feet of the Masters.” “Feed your heart in conversation with someone harmonious with it; seek spiritual advancement from one who is advanced.” Rumi says, may you find your own Shams and learn from them the Secret of Secrets.

“Rumi found in poetry the only form of expression befitting his reverence for his teacher Shams of Tabriz.”

Rumi’s Ode to the Satguru

You come to us
from another world

From beyond the stars
and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure,
Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you
the essence of love.

You transform all
who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns,
troubles, and sorrows
dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy
to ruler and ruled
To peasant and King.

You bewilder us
with your grace.
All evils
transform into

You are the master alchemist.

You light the fire of love
in earth and sky
in heart and soul
of every being.

Through your loving
existence and nonexistence erge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane
becomes sacred again.