Shams-e-Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

The Forty Rules of Love; both the book and the rules, have opened my mind and more importantly my heart in unknown ways. Since I lend this book to my sister in law after completing it, I had been looking for a compiled source that contained all the 40 rules. Well, I found it. This post is precious to me.As the blog by The Vision was published in 2011, I thought what better to revive the timeless rules of love, other than spreading to more readers by reblogging it.
Here they are; the Forty Rules of Love by Shams-e-Tabriz, from Elif Shafak’s book ‘Forty Rules of Love’.

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Rule 1

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.

Rule 2

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.

Rule 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…

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