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  • If you think there's an important difference between being a Christian or a Jew or a Hindu or a Muslim or a Buddhist, then you're making a division between your heart, what you love with, and the way you act in the world.

  • I like to walk around my neighborhood, late in the afternoon. I sometimes wind up at the wonderful, old Shell station that's been changed into a coffee shop. Right where Johnny used to change my oil, I have a latte and take out my little book bag. It doesn't sound very austere.

    Coffee   Book   Oil  
  • The mystics always say that the experience they're talking about is ineffable, that you can't say it. Rumi was asked one time why he talked so much about silence. He said, "The radiant one inside me has never said a word."

  • I think my life is tremendously interesting, and surely, other people do too.

  • Longing becomes more poignant if in the distance you can't tell whether your friend is going away or coming back. The pushing away pulls you in.

  • I had been a kind of natural mystic my whole life, growing up there in Tennessee next to the river. Somehow, that was important for my consciousness. I still don't study [mysticism]. I just wait for experiences.

  • If you teach three university courses a day, you need something to turn your mind off.

    Mind   Three   Needs  
  • It's a beautiful lucid dream that has language that I can fiddle with.

  • It's such a foolish thing to argue about names, when what we're doing is all one thing.

    Names   Arguing   Foolish  
  • I think we all have a core that's ecstatic, that knows and that looks up in wonder. We all know that there are marvelous moments of eternity that just happen. We know them.

    Thinking   Looks   Wonder  
  • [Rumi] is trying to get us to feel the vastness of our true identity... like the sense you might get walking into a cathedral.

  • The religions of the world are luminous in their individuality, and they have valuable social and soulmaking functions. Surely someday we will quit killing each other over their different strategies.

    Coleman Barks (2010). “The Essential Rumi - reissue: New Expanded Edition”, p.13, Harper Collins
  • Anything you grab hold of on the bank breaks with the river's pressure. When you do things from your soul, the river itself moves through you. Freshness and a deep joy are signs of the current.

  • When you meet a new friend, the world has more light in it, doesn't it? Things become more spontaneous, and more full of laughing and freedom and novelty.

    Light   Laughing   World  
    "Coleman Barks: Rumi, Grace and Human Friendship". Interview with Tami Simon, December 29, 2013.
  • There's some sort of exchange that goes on between human beings that is one of the highest things we do.

  • I had never heard of Rumi until Robert Bly handed me this book and he said, ah, “These poems need to be released from their cages.”

    Needs   Cages  
    "Love’s Confusing Joy: Coleman Barks on Poet Jelaluddin Rumi". Interview with Bill Moyers, March 16, 1995.
  • Ramana Maharshi and Rumi would agree: the joy of being human is in uncovering the core we already are, the treasure buried in the ruin.

    Joy   Treasure   Ruins  
    Coleman Barks (2010). “The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems”, p.11, Harper Collins
  • What I deeply want... is for Rumi to become vitally present for readers, part of what John Keats called our soul-making, that process that is both collective and uniquely individual, that happens outside time and space and inside, that is the ocean we all inhabit and each singular droplet-self.

    Ocean   Self   Space  
    Coleman Barks (2010). “The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems”, p.14, Harper Collins
  • Just being sentient and in a body with the sun coming up is a state of rapture.

    Body   Sun   Just Being  
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