Advice From Rumi

I received an invitation to a dinner this week (which unforunately, I am not free to attend) where the theme for discussion was listed as the “Seven Advices of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi.”

Although I have read (and love) some of the mystical poetry of Rumi, I do not recollect ever hearing of the “seven advices” of Rumi. Consequently, I was happy to see that the “seven advices” were listed on the invitation. They are well worth sharing so here they are:

Be like the sun in grace and mercy.
Be like the night in concealing others’ faults.
Be like a river in generosity and helping others.
Be like the dead in rage and anger.
Be like the earth in humility and modesty.
Be like an ocean in tolerance.
Either appear as you are or be as you appear.

Some of these are harder for some of us than others, but they strike me as good advice for all of us. The images are particularly helpful, I think, and you might want to sit with one or more them today.