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Rumi, like Zen, is never ever wrong — not once. The problem is, he opens his big fucking mouth for you to understand it: He says the quiet part out loud. Gets you into all sorts of trouble — just ask his brother, Jesus.

As Master Tau Hui (1089 – 1163) said, “In the conduct of their daily activities, sentient beings have no illumination: If you go along with their ignorance, they’re happy; if you oppose their ignorance, they become vexed.”

Try, try, try, for 10,000 years. And sometimes “trying” means leaving them to their willful slumber.

Art by Γιάννης Παπάκης Παπαδοπουλάκης (Vajra Vlito Studios)

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