These are the very wise words of Rumi, the Persian spiritual teacher of the century. XIII. A demonstration that true Dharma is universal and is not bound by religious labels or dogma.

They asked him:

What is poison?

“Anything beyond what we need is poison. It can be power, laziness, food, ego, ambition, fear, anger, or whatever”

What is fear?

“The non-acceptance of uncertainty. If we accept uncertainty, life becomes an adventure”

What is envy?

“The non-acceptance of the happiness and bliss of others. If we accept it, it becomes inspirational”.

What is anger?

“The non-acceptance of what is beyond our control. If we accept, it becomes tolerance”.

What is hate?

“The non-acceptance of people as they are. If we accept them unconditionally, then it becomes love”.

What is spiritual maturity?

1. It is when we stop trying to change others and we concentrate on changing ourselves.

2. It is when we accept people as they are.

3. It is when we understand that everyone is successful according to their own perspective.

4. It is when you learn to “let go”.

5. It is when we no longer have “expectations” in a relationship, and we give ourselves for the simple pleasure of giving.

6. It is when we understand that what we do, we do for our own peace.

7. It’s when you stop showing the world how smart you are.

8. It is when we stop looking for the approval of others.

9. It’s when we stop comparing ourselves with others.

10. It is when you are at peace with yourself.

11. Spiritual maturity is when we are able to distinguish between “need” and “want” and we are able to let go of that “want”.

Last and most important! 

12. Spiritual maturity is gained when we stop attaching “happiness” to material things!