“If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.”
― The Forty Rules of Love
A gorgeous, colorfully woven and luxurious book!
After a Long, long time I have read a book that left me speech-less. I have never read anything like this before.
Two parallel stories going on, one about the Rumi and Shams of Tabriz of 13th Century, and the other of a modern day house wife – Ella. The book present its readers with a deep insight into Sufism, Mysticism and spirituality. Forty rules of Love has a tight grip and it delves the reader into such combination of past & present that you cannot find refugee until you reach its last page.
The book has several moments, especially that how every chapter starts with a letter “B” and how beautifully Elif has woven the forty rules of love inside it. The best thing about the book were the rules – truly inspiring.
There are so many quotes from this book that i would love to share with you but i will restrict myself to the Rules of Love which i liked the most!
“The sharia is like a candle,” said Shams of Tabriz. ” It provides us with much valuable light. But let us not forget that a candle helps us to go from one place to another in the dark. If we forget where we are headed and instead concentrate on the candle, what good is it?”
“If you want to change the way others treat you, you should first change the way you treat yourself. Unless you learn to love yourself, fully and sincerely, there is no way you can be loved”.
“A man who has no time for stories is man who has no time for God. Don’t you know that God is the best storyteller?”
A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, Eastern or Western…. Divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple.
Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire
The universe turns differently when fire loves water
For me this is a book that I will re-read, and see from different eyes for years to come. Worth reading!