22 Inspirational Rumi Quotes And Their Meanings

In today’s episode of The Soulfully Optimized Life, I share more inspirational quotes by Rumi and go more in-depth with what they mean.

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Without further adieu, let me present to you 22 Inspirational Rumi Quotes And Their Meanings.

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1. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~ Rumi

In other words, you are crafted with the intelligence of the entire Universe. Quantum physicists have said that if you take one photon of light and send it through a black hole, that single photon of light would carry with it all the information of the Universe. We are all holographic beings.

2. “Out beyond the ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” ~ Rumi

Beyond the realm of thought, there is a spaciousness: a massive field from where we all come from.. This spaciousness which we may experience when we feel beyond the limits of our physical body is the beginning of experiencing the Soul energetic intelligence.

3. “Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” ~ Rumi

The emotion of gratitude has so much energy that people get uplifted when we express it. Gratitude gets us drunk with a different texture of love that makes us realize (real eyes) the beauty and marvel of life.

4. “My religion is love. Every heart is my temple.” ~ Rumi

We are all interconnected. We are so much more connected to all beings and life forms on this planet than we can mentally understand. Genetically, the most distant person to us in the planet is our 50th cousin. When we look at it as a parabola, the average person may have five first cousins and five 50th cousins. The rest of the seven billion plus living people fall within the fifteenth to the 35th cousin range. We may have at least a billion family members from the first to the fifteenth cousin/uncle/aunt/nephew/niece range.

5. “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” ~ Rumi

Live passionately. Live boldly in the direction of the dreams that are calling you. When you live passionately, you will be called to other souls and they to you to support your personal and collective evolution. Connect together and light up the world.

6. “Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.” ~ Rumi

We’re all made of love. We’re all one. We’re all loved. This is truly a beautiful quote.

7. “The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand.” ~ Rumi

The soul is a post-rational intelligence. Its a higher tier of intelligence beyond the mental intelligence. The soul has intuition, can sense the truth and just know in the moment where the mind seeks rational logic, facts, thoughts and reasoning. The soul recognizes the serendipity and synchronicity in the moment. The soul can pick up messages that come from a realm beyond words.

8. “When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.” ~ Rumi

When we can be with suffering, we can surrender to grace. Even the deepest suffering has to turn to joy with pure awareness, acknowledgement and acceptance.

9. “Submit to love without thinking.” ~ Rumi

Pleasure is in the body, happiness in the mind and joy and love is in the spirit. Love exists at a realm beyond the mind, beyond rules and conditioning. All love is unconditional, anything else is something with the label of love but its really about control. Give up to love, its who you are and what matters most.

10. “My soul is my guide.” ~ Rumi

This is the cornerstone of living the soulfully optimized life. Its living the life you’re called to live moment to moment. We get the calling from post-rational intelligences that orchestrate all of life. There’s a calling in every moment and it gets “texted” to our soul when we know who we’re called to connect with, what we’re called to do, give, receive. When we live life trusting our soul as our guide, live becomes a high-definition experience.

11. “Let yourself become living poetry.” ~ Rumi

We become living poetry when we let our soul become our guide for our life and we act on our intuition. By the way, intuition does not scream, it whispers…are you listening?

12. “You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” ~ Rumi

Your heart was not broken, your heart was broken open to feeling what truly matters: love. In fact, I did this 10 day vipassana meditation retreat and on the final meditation I had an insight that changed everything. I was the last one in the room, voraciously questioning what the purpose of life was. I got an answer that felt like a gong of truth: to love and be loved. Tears dropped as i acknowledged what mattered most. After all, love is what we all want, most of us just set up too many crazy rules for how to get love. Some people believe they need to be perfect, some people believe they need to become a billionaire, some people believe they need to have big enough problems, and some people believe they need to contribute to the lives of others. All of them are looking to fulfill needs, and love is one of the most important ones.

Your heart is the pinnacle of life; its what jump starts your life and when it shuts down, its the end of your life. Our heart is what connects us to all other souls and the mothership of life. And its ever so easy to love; they key is to let the heart be in charge, not the mind. One simple way you can do that is just to put your hands over your heart and breathe in your nose and out your mouth…focusing on the energy of your heart as you expand your chests with the inhale and contract with the exhale.

13. “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying who listens or what they think.” ~ Rumi

Give yourself the permission to be authentic and live the life you love. Create your art and give your gifts freely.

14. “Know then that the body is merely a garment. Go seek the wearer, not the cloak.” ~ Rumi

See someone for their soul. When you see someone for their soul, everything changes. There’s a calling for why you are both together now and when you can see them for their soul, you click with the purpose of the gifts you’re here to exchange.

15. “Stop acting so small. You are the entire universe in ecstatic motion.” ~ Rumi

Dream big. Don’t limit yourself on what you can do, what you can become and the life you can live. Its a dream, it doesn’t need to be “realistic”. Just giving yourself the opportunity to dream big will open you up to new possibilities that you refused to see before.

The main reason I see most people dreaming smaller than they can or deserve to is out of fear of being rejected if they fail. Here’s the truth, you are loved in every moment. The universe has unconditional love for all beings. you have gifts and talents unique to you, and they are valuable…beyond a price tag. The essence that animates you comes from a timeless essence that is pure love.

So dream big. Go beyond your biggest dreams you can imagine. The world deserves to see you at your best, so start by letting yourself dream at your best.

16. “All doubt, despair and fear become insignificant when the intention of life becomes love.” ~ Rumi

Choose love, be love. Ultimately we have the choice to choose love or fear in any moment. Love is where we come from and where go, and what we’re called to bring in this experience of life. It requires our focus, intention and energy, and its a lot more effortless than we know.

17. “I crave a love so deep the ocean would be jealous.” ~ Rumi

Wow. All i suggest is being with this quote.

18. “Do not feel lonely. The entire universe is inside you.” ~ Rumi

This is a great reminder for anybody who feels lonely! Lonesomeness exists in the illusion of separation. ITS AN ILLUSION!

19. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi

When we are wounded in life, we feel like something was withheld from us, we feel like something was taken away from us, the protective barrier that we create known as the “ego”, or the separate sense of self, is fractured and broken open. What exists beyond the ego is God. An acronym for “ego” is “Edging God Out”. When we can be with our pains and wounds, our losses and failures, we gain humility, compassion, and surrender to the energies of creation. Then, we can be a bringer of the light for others, since we ourselves know what it’s like to have been deprived of light, love, joy, gratitude, resources, compassion, kindness, visibility, dignity,  etc.

20. “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~ Rumi

When you’re living Soulfully, you’re connected with not just the river within you but the river of life. its joy, Its bliss. Joseph Campbell talks about following your bliss, this is what he means.

21. “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~ Rumi

For those who have traveled, especially solo-backpacked, its amazing how enriching life becomes. You get to experience the magic of mystery, adventure and exploration. serendipity and synchronicity feels like its on hyperdrive.

22. “They say there is a doorway from heart to heart, but what is the use of a door when there are no walls?” ~ Rumi

Ha ha ha!

And there you have it! 22 inspirational quotes by Rumi and interpretations of their meanings by me.

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Now, I want to hear from you…

Which quote made the strongest impression on you?

41 thoughts on “22 Inspirational Rumi Quotes And Their Meanings

  1. Piano Dealer

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  2. Salma

    Wow tht was so mind blowingly beautiful??xx love is my religion and I can relate very much to that !! I’m not afraid to love deeply and be immersed with the souls I meet and encounter. It the best part of life !!
    Thank you for sharing !!!

  3. Rona

    I love Rumi and I believe the #1 is not Rumi’s quote, but a Rumi’s misquote. Some people (on reddit, etc.) have discussed whether the #1 is actually Rumi’s, turns out it was misquoted from his poem A Garden Beyond Paradise. If the quote is supposed to be the shortened version of some last lines of that poem, it should be “You are not JUST a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop, too.”

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      Thank you for sharing, Rona. I’m not entirely sure on which is the exact translation from the way it was written in Farsi, but fortunately, they both carry the same meaning. That meaning is that the entire Universe/Cosmos/God is within us.

  4. Eesha

    “The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand.”

    This, for me, is very profound and too beautiful

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      It’s one of my favorites as well, Eesha. Thank you for sharing! If you haven’t seen this before, check out Facebook.com/RumiQuotesOfficial. There’s hundreds of quotes and poems on that page.

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      It’s one of my favorites as well, Eesha. Thank you for sharing! If you haven’t seen this before, check out Facebook.com/RumiQuotesOfficial. There are hundreds of quotes and poems on that page.

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      amazing! please share a link!

  5. Sara

    ‘Do not feel lonely. The entire universe is inside you’… this quote has brought me here..

  6. Zeeshan Arif

    “The cure for pain is in the pain”. (Rumi)
    Someone please eloborate meaning of this quote.

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      Pain is information. The purpose of pain is to interrupt our life. When we can be with the pain, we can receive the information, and in that, we find a new cure for our lives…guiding us in a more wholesome direction.

  7. Amrendra Chaurasiya

    Great quotes Adams sir
    I follow every article you post and wait for next. when I am in trouble I feel positiveness when reading your article. This one is “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” my favorite quote.
    This one gives me extra energy for a stay motivated in my life
    I am really thankful to you for sharing such a motivational post

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      Thank you Amrendra, I’m honored by your comment and that you read my posts! I have many more posts I make on Facebook, as well as a group. Have you followed my facebook page and joined the group “HUMANITY IS MY FAMILY”?

  8. fatema bipa

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  10. Paul Badenhorst

    Can someone help me me understand the following Rumi quote.

    “She loved him so much she concealed his name in many phrases, the inner meanings known only to her.”

  11. jacob

    love cannot be taught or learned loves comes as grace, meaning please

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      Love is not of the mind and can never be experienced with the mind. Love is a blessing of the Divine.

  12. Sepideh

    I’m Persian and I can read Rumi’s poems in Farsi, but I like the translated ones more. Some of them even made me cry. Thank you. ?

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      My pleasure – blessings to you.

  13. Inge

    My religion is love. Every heart is my temple. Thank you so much for sharing these quotes of Rumi. Love him. So intense. So much truth. You use beautiful words to give meaning to the quotes, thank you so much. Made my day!!

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      My pleasure Inge, blessings to you!

  14. Rumifan

    Would you mind explain last one quote?

  15. Zahak

    Soul is my own mind to share but heart cant share its feelings

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      Soul is an intelligence beyond mind.


    Hi All
    Great Quotes from Rumi. I like all of them but I really need reference for the quote “Set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames”

  17. Hani

    Please explain me; This place is a dream only dreamers consider it real

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      This world of material is but one dimension of reality. People get caught up with material reality as the only reality, or even as the primary reality. However, all things come from no-thing, different dimensions of reality that are formless, spacious, infinite, and free-flowing, wave-form energy and information. We can observe the primary state of all material as energy and information. Energy organizes information. Energy is light and information is sound/frequency/acoustic waves/vibration. The structures of our bodymind, life, relationships, business, everything organizes depending on how much energy we choose to focus on coherently in relation to that. Only dreamers believe in this material reality as a reality, but in reality, everything we see around us that appears so solid is transient and can transform, change form, based on how we observe it. We don’t see the world around us as it is, we see the world around us as we are. Mastering our inner world of perception is how we ultimately change the world around us. With that perspective, life is indeed dreamlike and we have the gift of being able to dream new possibilities into existence from the timeless void of pure silence. The actual translation says sleepers, not dreamers, and what Rumi means by that is people who are sleepwalking through life, living in the fantasy of this material reality, eyes-wide-shut to the true nature of reality. The quote continues to say: “Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief”. This has multiple meanings.

      In one case, it’s talking about how death is not the end, but a new beginning. When you once thought you were at the end of your life, you wake up to a new dimension, returning to the primary reality where all is love, light, energy, consciousness. A different meaning it also suggests is the death of the ego. People spend their whole lives living to prove themselves, to prove others wrong, to become a somebody, to fortify the independence of “I”, to protect their sense of self…and when we’re ripped apart by love, the light of truth, we wake up laughing from the illusions of the mind as the “I” dissolves into the “We”. The full poem goes on and the theme of what Rumi is stating is that there is a primary reality that is infinite consciousness, that’s infinitely aware, and that is always guiding the evolution of us, all we must do is be silent and listen to this innate guidance.

  18. Z

    What is the meaning of :
    You think because you understand ‘ONE’ you must also understand ‘TWO’ because ‘one and one’ make ‘two’.
    But you must also understand ‘and’

    • adamsiddiq Post author

      “And” represents the field between all things that unifies us together. Call it love, if you may.

  19. William McAllister

    Light is made of sound.
    Illusion is a vibration
    and so is truth.
    Loved all the interpretations. much Love

  20. Waseem

    Thank you so much for collecting such a precious Rumi quotes. Allah bless you

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