Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, idolator, worshipper of fire, come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times,
Come, and come yet again. Ours is not a caravan of despair.
– Mevlana Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(translated by Amin Malak)
The lines above are inscribed
on Rumi’s shrine in Konya, Turkey.
Followers of Rumi call the day he passed away,
December 17, 1273,
his “Wedding Night”
because he was united with the Beloved.
I enjoy this quote’s joy, deep optimism and hope. For me, it’s a reflection of love and mercy, and a reminder that each day is an invitation to start anew.