The way of love (Quotes to live by)

And another favourite from Rumi today:

The way of love

The way of love is not
a subtle argument.

The door there
is devastation.

Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling,
they're given wings.

Isn't that beautiful? How do you understand these verses?

Here is one interpretation (there are many more of course – the beauty of Rumi is that he can speak about Divine love and earthly love using the same words)

True love is a demanding thing...and it is an argument...with yourself and your argument because you are desiring love and afraid of love in the same argument because you and your lover are different and are trying to become more like one within each other...

"the door there is devastation"...the entry way to love is passed through by holding yourself open to great risk...risk of vulnerability, of rejection, of being hurt, of being out of control, of "falling"...

For Divine love, and for earthly love to some extent, letting go of the Ego, devastating the self, is the doorway to love, where the devastation of the false self allows the spirit to soar . . .

the circles of joy in feeling and expressing love the freedom in moving beyond the fear . . .

the wings of the joy of love can only be felt by letting go and moving beyond the barriers . . .

And while we are on the subject of love . . .

I don't often share videos but this 2 minute one where Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twersk talks about the nature of love is really worth your time.
I like to call it "fish love versus real love"

Here is the link again:


Here is a great introduction to Rumi's timeless verses:
The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

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