Have you ever heard about the 40 rules of love by Shams Tabrizi? Wait wait. If you have read the book The Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafak. I bet you are well aware of these 40 rules of love because Elif Shafak in her book has beautifully put the meaning of love, spirituality, and religion with the help of these 40 Rules.
If you are still unaware of these beautiful rules of love then don’t worry you will be known of it after reading this post.
Who was Shams Tabrizi?
Shams of Tabriz was a Persian Sufi and roaming dervish who lived at the end of the twelfth/ early thirteenth century. He was the spiritual teacher and advisor of Rumi, and indeed it’s often said that Rumi was a professor who Shams transformed into a mystic, a lover, and a poet. There are many legends describing their meeting in Konya: Rumi was taught by Shams in seclusion for 40 days, and the period after this is described as Rumi’s ‘mysticism’, where Sufis danced, played music (rabab), and drank wine. It is in this time, that the concept of “whirling dervishes” originated.
What are those 40 Rules Of Love?
☘ Rule No.1
How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves; we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blames welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.
☘ Rule No.2
The path to the Truth is a labor of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge, and ultimately prevail over your nafs (false ego; self, psyche, soul) with your heart. Knowing your false ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.
☘ Rule No.3
You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue, or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true lover.
☘ Rule No.4
Intellect and love are made of different materials. Intellect ties people in knots and risks nothing, but love dissolves all tangles and risks everything. Intellect is always cautious and advises, ‘Beware too much ecstasy’, whereas love says, ‘Oh, never mind! Take the plunge!’ Intellect does not easily break down, whereas love can effortlessly reduce itself to rubble. But treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.
☘ Rule No.5
Most of the problems of the world stem from linguistic mistakes and simple misunderstandings. Don’t ever take words at face value. When you step into the zone of love, language, as we know it becomes obsolete. That which cannot be put into words can only be grasped through silence.
These rules are really wonderful to understand the meaning of life, love, and to create a connection with God.
In this post, I have only written 5 of the 40 rules of love because I want you all to please read these rules and try to understand them. I don’t want to put 40 rules in my post at once but I will be posting them in the coming days. Don’t just like my post without reading it because I want you to increase your understanding of love and life through this post and of course these rules. First read them then give like if you really like my post.
I would love to listen to your recommendations, thoughts, and feedback regarding these rules.
Because everyone has it’s own perspective of looking at things. And I am sure each of us has a different meaning and different understanding of these rules.
I hope that together we can understand the meaning and real essence of life through 40 rules of love by Shams. ⭐⭐
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