Rumi is a tremendous Yogi. My belief is he is still around. His birthday is around September I belief
His quotes are misunderstood. Most people can only think in terms of logic and the gross physical world and NOT IN TERMS OF YOGA
I found 3 quotes on this page which I interpret differently. I will only give a partial interpretation though
“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” ~ Rumi
Words are a pretext. In original language it probably meant it’s an illusion. The inner bond I have described below is between father and son or soul and ATMAN. Words are an illusion since we have our own interpretation and can’t understand what the real meaning the speaker wanted. Very subjective. A pretext
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ~ Rumi
People love their body and think they are the body. The inner self soul and higher above ATMAN have a very powerful pull to take us within. It is where true love is found. That is what Rumi refers to
What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ~ Rumi
Refers to the technique of meditation.
Take it or leave it ! Makes no difference
This is the web page I saw it in.