Inspired poetry - 40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

A dear friend and guide advised me to read the book written by Turkish writer Elif Shafak.
This book narrates the story of a character Ella Rubinstein on the journey of self-discovery.
And the story of the love and friendship of 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi
and his beloved friend Shams of Tabriz becomes a guiding beacon to Ella’s quest and
In the book, these forty rules of the religion of love are shared by Shams with Rumi. While
these rules hold much significance in Sufism, I come to realise that if we all behold and
imbibe these in our hearts and everyday lives, we shall become the creators of a world
where peace is no longer a quest.
With deep gratitude in my heart, here is my version of 40 rules of Love.

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 heart, not of head. Make your heart your primary guide!
Not your mind. Meet, challenge, and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart.

Knowing your self will lead you to knowledge of God.”