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New York'ta Ebru Sergisi

Ebru sanatçısı Bingül Sevimli’nin eserlerinin sergileneceği “The Dream of Water” adlı sergi 17 Şubat-6 Mart tarihleri arasında New York Turkish Center’da ziyarete açılıyor. Serginin açılış kokteyli 17 Şubat Salı günü saat 6.30 pm’de gerçekleşiyor.

Tarih: 17.02.2009

Yer: Turkish Center 821 UN (46th Street & 1st Av)New York, NY 10017

Daha ayrıntılı bilgi için: http://www.ebruartusa.us/


Mark Your Calendar

The American Turkish Society Presents a Film Screening and Discussion

Queen of the Mountain: Theresa Goell’s Work in Turkey

Martha Goell Lubell

Donald H. Sanders, Ph.D.
President, Learning Sites, Inc.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Following registration at 6:00pm, program will start promptly at 6:30pm.

Temple Emanu-El
One East 65th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues)
New York City

Theresa Goell abandoned the comfortable lifestyle of her conservative Jewish family in Brooklyn to study archeology. Beginning in 1953, Goell excavated the spectacular burial site of King Antiochus I on Nemrud Dagi, a 7,000-foot-high mountain three days’ walk from the nearest post office. The virtually unknown mountaintop site in Southeastern Turkey became her life’s passion. Struggling with a hearing disability, her work was nothing short of extraordinary, bringing roads, tourists and employment to the impoverished local population.

In the film “Queen of the Mountain,”Theresa Goell’s saga comes to life through breathtaking National Geographic archival footage of the excavations, hundreds of family photographs and finally Goell’s stunning oral history and letters, read by acclaimed actress Tovah Feldshuh. The screening will be followed by a discussion on Goell’s life and the archeological site of Nemrud Dagi, with her niece Martha Goell Lubell, who produced and directed the film in 2005, and Dr. Donald H. Sanders, who coordinated the full publication of Goell’s excavation report following her passing in 1985.

The Sanctuary of Nemrud Dagi is one of the most remarkable, best preserved, but least known monuments of Asia Minor. The site, called by its builder a hierothesion, or "common dwelling place of all the gods next to the heavenly thrones," is situated 2150m above sea level, atop one of the highest peaks in the Anti-Taurus Mountains of southeastern Turkey near the banks of the Euphrates River. The monument is one of the premier sites of the Late Hellenistic period. It was constructed by King Antiochus I of Commagene in the mid-1st century BC to command a 360o view of the ranges, plains, and towns that comprised his ancient kingdom.

Special Thanks to National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation, Women Make Movies, and Temple Emanu-El.

Space is limited. Pre-registration and ID is strictly required for entry. No walk-ins will be allowed. To RSVP, please register online or fill out the registration form and fax to 212.583.7615 by Friday, February 20, by 5:00 pm. Press attendance is limited; members of the press wishing to cover the event, please contact The Society.
For questions, please call 212.583.7614 or email http://us.mc382.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=info@americanturkishsociety.org.


Fifty People, One Question: New York

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Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn

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MoMA is now open on Monday Nights, as well!

One Monday a month, MoMA stays open until 8:45 p.m. Drop in after hours for exhibitions, films, entertainment, and a cash bar. The first 600 ticket buyers after 5:30 p.m. receive free admission on their next visit. Visitors have an extended opportunity to view special exhibitions, as well as the Museum's renowned collection of modern and contemporary art. Entry to Modern Mondays, the Museum's weekly series of screenings and discussions with contemporary filmmakers, is included in the cost of admission. Entrance to Modern Mondays screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free with regular Museum admission.December 2008: Art Jumping with Allison:

Learn more about Adult Programs at MoMA

Upcoming events:

Monday, February 9, 2009
5:30 p.m.Film Screenings & Events
MoMA Monday NightsMoMA Monday Nights

Monday, March 9, 2009
5:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.Film Screenings & Events
MoMA Monday NightsMoMA Monday Nights

Monday, April 6, 2009
5:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.Film Screenings & Events
MoMA Monday NightsMoMA Monday Nights

Monday, May 4, 2009
5:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.Film Screenings & Events
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Monday, June 8, 2009
5:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.Film Screenings & Events
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Book Presentation & Signing Program

Introduction of the author by:Ambassador Ulf HJERTONSSON
Moderator: Professor Peter AWN
Dean of General Studies and Director of MEI at Columbia University
WHEN:On Wednesday, February 25, 2009
TIME: Registration & Reception 6:30 pm, with program to follow
WHERE:Columbia University, International Affairs Building (IAB room 1501, 15th floor) Located at 420 W. 118th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue)
Please RSVP by: February 24, 2009, 5PM.
This event is free and open to the general public.
Ann DISMORR’s book, “Turkey Decoded”, examines Turkey's foreign policy, ties with the US and the Middle East, as well as troubled relations with the EU. Some of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges are reflected in Turkey-EU relations: the widening gap between the West and the Muslim world, terrorism, and the struggle for human rights and democratization. Although membership talks were launched more than three years ago and are anticipated to finish in 2014, fully fledged membership is far from certain. There is growing concern in both Turkey and the West about Turkey's "Islamization."Ann DISMORR examines the implications of Turkey's affiliation with Europe while also addressing its role in the Middle East and its complex relationship with the U.S. She pays particular attention to the sweeping reforms initiated by the Justice and Development Party, and to the career and policies of one-time political prisoner and current Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. From the unique view point of one of the few female ambassadors to Turkey, DISMORR describes a country in transition, covering topics from the Kurds to the Iraq War, women's rights, the crisis over Cyprus and the polarizing presidential election of 2007.
"Turkey Decoded" includes the following 12 chapters:
1) Turkish Identity;
2) Turkey in the Waiting Room of the European Union;
3) Changing EU-Turkish Relations, 1999-2007;
4) Pro-Islamic Party Gained Power and Succeed in Historic EU Breakthrough;
5) From Human Rights Deficit to Progress;
6) The Kurdish Question: A Roadblock to Turkish EU Membership?;
7) Women Between Tradition and Transformation;
8) Changing US-Turkish Relations and their Impact on the EU Process;
9) Turkey's Role in the Middle East: Possibilities and Limitations;
10) Turkey: Bridge or Barrier Between East and West?;
11) Turkey's Future: EU Success Story or Unfulfilled Promise?;
12) The Beginning of a Post-Kemalist Era.

Following the presentation, there will be an open discussion moderated by Prof. Peter AWN.

Idil Biret Konseri

Classical JAM Free Concert Tonight

February 9 - Classical JAM
Marco Granados, flute; Jennifer Choi, violin; Amadi Hummings, viola; Wendy Law, cello; Justin Hines, percussion http://www.classicaljam.org/ Classical Jam’s engaging and lively presentations are captivating audiences across the country. This versatile ensemble mixes its own arrangements of Gershwin and Piazzolla with traditional classical and even Renaissance works, and their concert promises to be a great ride!

Date: Monday, February 9th

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Advent Lutheran Church (2504 Broadway at 93rd St)



Hi Guys,
I do not know who is Kelli or Eleanor but I guess they are friendly people who cares about New Yorkers even during the recession. My lovely friend Jiyoung sent me the email Kelli & Eleanor put together and I felt obliged to share it with you.
New York Muhtari
2009 New York City Guide to Wining and Dining during the Recession
Inside dining tips on prix-fixe meals, BYO, cheap eats, happy hour,
wine discounts, brunch deals, and restaurant weekly specials

Kelli & Eleanor

BYO Restaurants

Cherin Sushi
6th Street (between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave)
Cheap, delicious rolls
Early bird special (before 8pm) buys 4 rolls for $12.95

Cube 63 (LES)
63 Clinton St (between Rivington St & Stanton St)
212. 228.6751

Ivo & Lulu
558 Broome St., nr. Varick St.
French-Caribbean cheap eats

Kuma Inn
113 Ludlow St., 2nd Floor (between Delancey & Rivington)
(212) 353-8866
Filipino-Thai small plates

93 First Avenue (between 5th & 6th streets)
Little India

Peking Duck House
28 Mott St.

Poke (UES)
343 E 85th St (between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)

253 W. 11th St., at W 4th St.
French bistro

**Apiary, La Palapa & Tribeca Grill:
BYO on Monday nights with no corkage fee
**Little Owl: BYO for first bottle with no corkage fee

Wine Specials
Bourgeois Pig
111 E 7th St
Monday: ½ off bottles of wine

Café Espanol
172 Bleeker Street
Tuesday: ½ off bottles of wine (see also cheap eats)

Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant
4 Clinton St. b/t E Houston & Stanton
Tuesday: ½ off bottles of wine
Also Mon-Sat, 6-8p.m: $12 Beer and Burger

Country Café
69 Thompson b/t Spring & Broome
Monday & Tuesday: ½ off bottles of wine

Nolita House
47 E Houston
Tuesday: ½ off bottles of wine

The Orchard
162 Orchard St
Sunday: ½ off bottles of wine

328 West 12th Street
Sunday: ½ off bottles of wine
(also see brunch)

Prix-Fixe Dinner Specials
60 3rd Avenue
Sunday $35 prix-fixe dinner

Cafe Loup
105 W 13th Street
$28 prix-fixe dinner menu

Fishtail by David Burke
135 East 62nd Street (between Park & Lexington Avenues)
Sunday night 3-course dinner for $20.09

La Sirene
558 Broome Street at Varick
French Bistro Modern
Prix- fixe $26.95 and BYO

Maria Pia
319 W 51st St
(212) 765-6463
$22.95 Prix-fixe dinner before 8:00pm

8 Little West 12th Street (between 9th and Washington Ave)
Sunday night buy 1 entree & choose free appetizer & dessert (3 for 1).
Monday night free wine with dinner

Paris Commune
99 Bank Street (corner of Greenwich)
$25 prix-fixe dinner before 7:30pm on weeknights

277 E. 10th Street near Ave. A
Compared with Momofoku Ko, Korean $37 prix-fixe
only (also BYO and fine dining deal!)

Vice Versa
325 West 51st Street
Italian, $35 prix-fixe dinner

**Many restaurants are willing to substitute your
prix-fixe dessert with a glass of wine!

Brunch Deals
Arte Pasta
81 Greenwich Avenue
$9.95 entrees and $5 all you can drink mimosas and champagne

120 Essex Street
$16 weekend brunch includes 3 drinks

56 Greenwich Avenue
$10 brunch includes entrée plus 2 drinks

328 West 12th Street
Sunday brunch: entrée + $10 unlimited mimosa & bloody mary
(also $35 prix-fixe dinners)

8 Little West 12th Street
$29 bottomless champagne and entrée
(also Sunday nights 3 courses for the price of one entrée)

Nolita House
47 E Houston Street, Upstairs
Free brunch cocktail with entrée and live bluegrass music

Roberto Passon
741 Ninth Avenue (Hell’s Kitchen)
Inexpensive entrees and $8 All you can drink until 3:00 p.m.

Sunburnt Cow
137 Ave C and 9th Street
$18 buys you bottomless brunch: entree and ALL you can drink.

Sushi Samba
87 7th Avenue South & 245 Park Avenue South
212.691.7885 (W.V) / 212.475.9377 (Gramercy)
Sunday Funday $16 includes entrée plus 3 drinks

Yuerba Beuna
23 Ave A (between Houston and 2nd)
Latin Brunch + $12 all you can drink

The Anchor
310 Spring Street (near Greenwich Street)
$20 all-you-can-drink on Recession Thursdays

Barrow Street Ale House
15 Barrow Street (between W. 4th & 7th Avenue)
11am-7pm Monday – Friday $3 draughts (Tues all night)
Monday night 40 ¢ wings

Central Bar
109 E 9th Street
25 ¢ wings on Sunday

38 8th Avenue
Apertivo Happy Hour: free apps/pizza while you drink
Friday - Sunday from 4:00-6:00pm

5 Ninth Avenue
Sunday - Wednesday, 5pm to 9pm: $3 draft beer, $5 well drinks, $5
selected wine and $9 house champagne - and free pigs in a blanket!

Lolita Bar
266 Broome Street (between Allen & Orchard)
Daily until 8:00pm and all night on Sunday
$3 draft and well drinks; $5 margaritas & mojitos

Lure Fishbar
142 Mercer Street
$1 oysters & clams Monday – Friday 5:00-7:00pm

McCormick & Schmicks
6th Ave at 52nd Street
Happy Hour Food Specials nightly and $1 oysters on Monday night

Nolita House
47 E Houston Street, Upstairs
Everyday 5:00– 7:00 pm
2 for 1 Drafts; $5 Sangria, House Wine & Mixed Drinks

48 E 12th Street
Apertivo Happy Hour: free apps/pizza with drink
weekdays from 5:00-7:00pm
All you can eat gnocchi 29th of each month

110 Rivington Street
Daily until 10:00pm
$5 Martinis, Sangria, Bloody Marys, Wine and well drinks; $3 Yuengling

Zoe Restaurant
90 Prince Street (between Broadway & Mercer)
Half price glasses of wine & half price pizzas
Tuesday-Sunday from 5:00-7:00pm

Happy Hour Deals - Cheap Eats
5 Bleeker Street (between Bowery & Elizabeth)
212.228.7551 (no reservations)
Inexpensive Italian

Café Espanol
172 Bleeker Street
1 ¼ lb lobster meals $14.95, 1 ½ lb lobster meals $19.95

Casa Fox
173 Orchard Street (at Stanton)
BYO, empanadas/Latin fare

328 E 6th Street (between 1st & 2nd)
$30 four+ course Omakase chef tasting

Corner Bistro
331 W 4th and Jane
280 Bleeker Street (between 6th & 7th)
Red, White & Blue Special buys you a half dozen oysters and glass of wine or beer for $8
Also have a great $19 lobster dinner special going on

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ
192 Orchard Street (between Houston & Stanton)

39 Grove Street (between Bleeker & Bedford)
German Food under $20

Mara’s Homemade
342 East 6th Street (between 1st & 2nd Ave) 212.598.1110
$6/dz Louisiana Oysters on half shell $15 Pitchers Abita Beer; Live Crawfish Boil in NYC

51 Ave B (between 3rd & 4th St)

Bedford (between Barrow & Grove) also in the EV
Middle Eastern food very cheap

Pink Tea Cup
42 Grove Street (between Bleeker & Bedford)
cheap soul food

Shade Bar: Crepes-To-Go (crepes take-out window)
241 Sullivan Street (at West 3rd)

Westville & Westville East
210 W 10th Street (between Bleeker & West 4th Street) 212.741.7971
173 Avenue A, Corner of 11th Street; 212.677.2933

Other Restaurants: Recession Special Deals
Ed’s Lobster Bar
222 Lafayette Street (at Spring)
Monday nights all you can eat mussels for $15
Sunday Clam Bake $33

Frugal Fridays at Craft
47 East 19th Street (at Park Avenue)

Havana Alma de Cuba
94 Christopher Street (between Bleeker & Bedford Street)
1.866.736.6552 Ext. 8080
15% off entire check (need to use below link)

Hill Country BBQ
30 W. 26th Street (between Broadway and 6th Ave)
Monday nights in February all you can eat $25 + $2 all you can eat sides,
6-packs of PBR $18

Il Bastardo
191 7th Avenue (between 21st & 22nd Street)
20% off check Sun-Tues & 15% Wed (need to use below link)

Maloney & Porcelli
50th Street (between Park & Madison)
Weekend Wine Dinner, 3-courses + unlimited wine for $75

Merkato 55
55 Gansevoort Street (between Greenwich & Washington Street)
1.866.736.6552 Ext. 8054
15% off entire check (need to use below link)

Phillip Marie
569 Hudson Street (at West 11th Street)
1.866.736.6552 Ext. 8014
20% off check or complimentary bottle of Merlot or Pinot
Grigio per table of two or more (need to use below link)
**Lots of upscale restaurants offer great lunch time
prix-fixes www.lunchtimedeals.com

Useful Links
•New York Magazine Recession Dining
•New York Magazine Cheap Eats 2008


Winter Jam NYC 2009

On Saturday, February 7, East River Park will host Winter Jam NYC 2009, our annual winter festival event!

Winter Jam NYC will feature a 70-foot long Snow Flume for sledding, a professional snowboarding competition on a 90-foot tall Snowscraper structure, a winter snowfield with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing*, a snow sculpture contest*, a Warming Hut with free samples from NY State farmers and producers, performances from the high flying Skyriders, live music from artists such as Apollo Run and Dujeous, and plenty of fun activities for all ages! Winter Jam '09 is FREE, and all winter sports equipment will be provided, including tubes for sledding, snow shoes, and cross-country skis.

Event Details:

The Future of Snowboarding Invitational
Sledding on a 70-foot long Snow Flume (line closes at 3:30 p.m.)
A snow sculpture contest*(Register in advance to guarantee a spot in the contest).
Ice climbing wall
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing*
High flying trampoline entertainment from The Skyriders
Pride of NY Warming Hut & Winter Market
Live music from Apollo Run, Dujeous, and more!
*Weather Permitting

F, V to 2nd Avenue – Lower East Side, walk East on Houston, and cross pedestrian bridge into East River Park.
F, J, M, Z to Essex Street – Delancey Street, walk North on Essex, walk East on Houston, and cross pedestrian bridge into East River Park. Bus: M14D

Don’t forget to stop by East River Park on Thursday, February 5 for the Red Bull Snowscrapers snowboarding competition, featuring Shaun White, Pat Moore, Travis Rice, and other pro athletes! Click here to learn more!

Meet Liza Minelli

February 03, 20096:00 PM

Musical PerformanceLiza Minnelli in conversation with Billy Stritch
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Lincoln Triangle
Lincoln Triangle
1972 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

Upstairs at the Square

February 05, 20097:00 PM

Upstairs at the SquareUpstairs at the Square with Nikki Giovanni & Emmanuel Jal African American
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Union Square
Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Meet the Author

February 04, 20097:00 PM

Author EventSophie Kinsella: Confessions of a Shopaholic Fiction
Barnes & Noble Booksellers 82nd & Broadway
82nd & Broadway
2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024


A walk to remember (from Bronx to Downtown)

Like This

If anyone asks you
how the perfect satisfaction
of all our sexual wanting
will look, lift your face
and say,

Like this.

When someone mentions the gracefulness
of the nightsky, climb up on the roof
and dance and say,

Like this.

If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is,
or what "God’s fragrance" means,
lean your head toward him or her.
Keep your face there close.

Like this.

When someone quotes the old poetic image
about clouds gradually uncovering the moon,
slowly loosen knot by knot the strings
of your robe.

Like this.

If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead,
don’t try to explain the miracle.
Kiss me on the lips.

Like this. Like this.

When someone asks what it means
to "die for love," point

If someone asks how tall I am, frown
and measure with your fingers the space
between the creases on your forehead.

This tall.

The soul sometimes leaves the body, the returns.
When someone doesn’t believe that,
walk back into my house.

Like this.

When lovers moan,
they’re telling our story.

Like this.

I am a sky where spirits live.
Stare into this deepening blue,
while the breeze says a secret.

Like this.

When someone asks what there is to do,
light the candle in his hand.

Like this.

How did Joseph’s scent come to Jacob?


How did Jacob’s sight return?


A little wind cleans the eyes.

Like this.

When Shams comes back from Tabriz,
he’ll put just his head around the edge
of the door to surprise us

Like this.

From ‘The Essential Rumi’,

Translators: Coleman Barks with John Moyne

A walk to remember (from Bronx to Downtown)

In The Arc Of Your Mallet

Don't go anywhere without me.
Let nothing happen in the sky apart from me,
or on the ground, in this world or that world,
without my being in its happening.
Vision, see nothing I don't see.
Language, say nothing.
The way the night knows itself with the moon,
be that with me. Be the rose
nearest to the thorn that I am.

I want to feel myself in you when you taste food,
in the arc of your mallet when you work,
when you visit friends, when you go
up on the roof by yourself at night.

There's nothing worse than to walk out along the street
without you. I don't know where I'm going.
You're the road, and the knower of roads,
more than maps, more than love.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Translator: Coleman Barks

A walk to remember (from Bronx to Downtown)

I make music at night.
I am troubled by the one
whose face e has the color of spring flowers.
I have neither sleep nor patience,
neither a god reputation nor disgrace.
A thousand robes of wisdom are gone.
All my good manners have moved a thousand miles away.
The heart and the mind are left angry with each other.
The starts and the moon are envious of each other.
Because of this alienation the physical universe
is getting tighter and tighter.
The moon says, "How long will I remain
suspended without a sun?"
Without Love's jewel inside of me,
let the bazaar of my existence by destroyed stone by stone.
O Love, You who have been called by a thousand names,
You who know how to pour the wine
into the chalice of the body,
You who give culture to a thousand cultures,
You who are faceless but have a thousand faces,
O Love, You who shape the faces
of Turks, Europeans, and Zanzibaris,
give me a glass from Your bottle,
or a handful of bheng from Your Branch.
Remove the cork once more.
The we'll see a thousand chiefs prostrate themselves,
and a circle of ecstatic troubadours will play.
Then the addict will be breed of craving.
and will be resurrected,
and stand in awe till Judgment Day.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

A walk to remember (from Bronx to Downtown)

Love has nothing to do with

the five senses and the six directions:

its goal is only to experience

the attraction exerted by the Beloved.

Afterwards, perhaps, permission

will come from God:

the secrets that ought to be told with be told

with an eloquence nearer to the understanding

that these subtle confusing allusions.

The secret is partner with none

but the knower of the secret:

in the skeptic's ear

the secret is no secret at all.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

A walk to remember (from Bronx to Downtown)

The beauty of the heart

is the lasting beauty:

its lips give to drink

of the water of life.
Truly it is the water,

that which pours,

and the one who drinks.

All three become one when

your talisman is shattered.

That oneness you can't know

by reasoning.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

"I am only the house of your beloved,

not the beloved herself:

true love is for the treasure,

not for the coffer that contains it."

The real beloved is that one who is unique,

who is your beginning and your end.

When you find that one,

you'll no longer expect anything else:

that is both the manifest and the mystery.

That one is the lord of states of feeling,

dependent on none;

month and year are slaves to that moon.

When he bids the "state,"

it does His bidding;

when that one wills, bodies become spirit.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

The springtime of Lovers has come,

that this dust bowl may become a garden;

the proclamation of heaven has come,

that the bird of the soul may rise in flight.

The sea becomes full of pearls,

the salt marsh becomes sweet as kauthar,

the stone becomes a ruby from the mine,

the body becomes wholly soul.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

The intellectual is always showing off,

the lover is always getting lost.

The intellectual runs away.

afraid of drowning;

the whole business of love

is to drown in the sea.

Intellectuals plan their repose;

lovers are ashamed to rest.

The lover is always alone.

even surrounded by people;

like water and oil, he remains apart.

The man who goes to the trouble

of giving advice to a lover

get nothing. He's mocked by passion.

Love is like musk. It attracts attention.

Love is a tree, and the lovers are its shade.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

A walk to remember (from Bronx to Downtown)

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,

to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.

First, to let go of live.

In the end, to take a step without feet;

to regard this world as invisible,

and to disregard what appears to be the self.

Heart, I said, what a gift it has been

to enter this circle of lovers,

to see beyond seeing itself,

to reach and feel within the breast.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Love is reckless; not reason.

Reason seeks a profit.

Love comes on strong,

consuming herself, unabashed.

Yet, in the midst of suffering,

Love proceeds like a millstone,

hard surfaced and straightforward.

Having died of self-interest,

she risks everything and asks for nothing.

Love gambles away every gift God bestows.

Without cause God gave us Being;

without cause, give it back again.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

I am a sculptor, a molder of form.

In every moment I shape an idol.

But then, in front of you, I melt them down

I can rouse a hundred forms

and fill them with spirit,

but when I look into your face,

I want to throw them in the fire.

My souls spills into yours and is blended.

Because my soul has absorbed your fragrance,

I cherish it.

Every drop of blood I spill

informs the earth,

I merge with my Beloved

when I participate in love.

In this house of mud and water,

my heart has fallen to ruins.

Enter this house, my Love, or let me leave.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

Passion makes the old medicine new:

Passion lops off the bough of weariness.

Passion is the elixir that renews:

how can there be weariness

when passion is present?

Oh, don't sigh heavily from fatigue:

seek passion, seek passion, seek passion!

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi