Mystical Islam: Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

A page from The Works of Shams Tabrizi ('Dīvān-e Šams-e Tabrīzī')
A page from The Works of Shams Tabrizi (‘Dīvān-e Šams-e Tabrīzī’)

Shams Tabrizi was a Muslim who lived in Persia in the 12th and 13th centuries. His main claim to fame now is for being the teacher of Rumi, the Persian Islamic scholar, mystic and poet who was recently described as the most popular poet in the USA.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these gems from the master’s master, originally posted by another blogger:

The Vision

Rule 1

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.

Rule 2

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.

Rule 3

You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true…

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