Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Guest House

The Guest House

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 are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
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 whatever comes
because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

(Jelaluddin Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks)


  1. I loved the wisdom of Rumi many years ago and still do. Thanks for this timely post.

    1. So easy to read, so hard to live...