How to find your inner joy

Joy Is Your Essence

As translated by Coleman Barks, Rumi says:

In the last hour before morning
lover and beloved awake
and take a drink of water.

She asks, “Do you love me or yourself more?
Really, tell the absolute truth.”

He says, “There’s nothing left of me.
I’m like a ruby held up to the sunrise.
Is it still a stone, or a world made of redness?
It has no resistance to sunlight.”

This is how the ancient Sufi sage Hallaj said
“I am God,” and told the truth.

Therefore be courageous and discipline yourself.
Completely become hearing and ear
and wear the sun ruby as an earring.

Work, keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Soul water is there somewhere.

Submit to a daily practice. 
Your loyalty to that is like a ring upon the door.
Eventuallyd, the joy inside will open a window
and look out to see who’s there.

So Rumi teaches us that joy is our essence. Once we have learned that profound lesson, we can return to joy again and again.

Please my website at for tools that can assist in this journey.]

Blessings to all readers!


One Response to How to find your inner joy

  1. Ali Reza Dourandish says:

    Hi, dear Dr. Lee
    I am an Iranian. Recently I found your book and was encouraged to read it. I like literature and Rumi, Hafiz, Khayam, and all the great Persian poets very much. Your work gave me a new attitude reading Rumi. I decided to go and read it carefully, as you said daily. Now, can you tell me if the poems which had come just at the beginning of each season are Rumi,s. If so, can you send me the original poems? I mean Persian ones. You know I can grasp the meaning more profoundly from my native language. If you answer my questions, I will contact you again and we will talk more about the book and my plans for the book in Iran for Persian people.

    Thank you

    Ali Reza Dourandish

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