Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (September 30, 1207 – December 17, 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.
His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the “most popular poet in America.”
Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia,and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language. His works are widely read in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular in other countries.
THE GUEST HOUSE
Rumi (Jeladluddin Balkhi)
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