In the poem, The Guest House, Rumi is using the metaphor of a guest house to form an image that each day is an opportunity to experience something new in our lives, even if it’s unexpected.
Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī, also known as Maulānā (Our Master), was born in the fall of 1207 in Balkh, a major eastern city in what is now Afghanistan. His family settled in Konya, in Turkish Anatolia, a region then called Rum, from which the poet later got the name “Rūmī,” which he is best known in the West.
Rumi’s quotes articulate what it feels like to be alive, it motivates us and helps us understand our own search for love in our daily life. Here are a few of my favorites (although I love them all).
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