Past and future are shutters Covering the window through which streams God's sunlight. He was one of Sufi's most enlightened and enigmatic sages, and the greatest of mystical poets. Rumi's words burned with a mixture of wild, ecstatic passion and sublime, boundless spirituality. Embark on a remarkable voyage of discovery with these daily insights, taken from his masterwork Mathnawi-i-Maanawi, or Couplets of Inner Meaning, and sumptuously illustrated with photographs and paintings. This new translation of Rumi's verses captures their intoxicated devotion, profound visions, and even humor in a language that will speak to contemporary readers. Savor the poems that speak most forcefully to you, reading them over and over again until they sink into your soul. And, remember each one contains a multiplicity of nuances, for as Rumi himself wrote...The meaning of poetry doesn't travel in one direction. It's like a slingshot over which you have no control.