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Rumi paints a beautiful picture of what life can be when it is lived in service of Love, and also showed me that when human love is seen in the context of Divine Love, then there really is no difference.

Rumi also served for me as a gateway to living practices based on the ancient wisdom tradition of Sufism. As Rumi made clear, words are never enough, even his inspired words. If you are inspired by Rumi's words, I recommend that you seek out communities that support you as you travel the Path of Love. For a very readable, experiential introduction, check out Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan's book "Awakening." But ultimately, don't focus on books; seek out other human hearts that do Sufi practices. Here are a few such communities:
- Sufi Order International (
- Golden Sufi Center (
- Sufi Ruhaniat International (
- The Threshhold Society (

As Rumi said:

Come, come, whoever you are,
This caravan has no despair
Even though you have broken your vows
Perhaps ten thousand times

Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving,