The Guest House by RUMI

November 26, 2009

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’re 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 whoever comes,
because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

(translation- Coleman Barks)

2 Responses to “The Guest House by RUMI”

  1. contoveros Says:

    So much wisdom in every poem. It just flows, and I wonder how it was accomplished. With love.
    A lot of love.

    michael j

    • joanspear Says:

      I, too, wonder about the wisdom and how the body of work emerged. Was it just one person or a group of like-minded, loving people?

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