The Essential Rumi

"His poems have never been for me, or for most readers, museum curios from the thirteenth century. They are food and drink, nourishment for the part that is hungry for what they give. Call it soul." -Coleman Barks (Introduction, xv)

and Rumi himself:

Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy,
absentminded. Someone sober
will worry about things going badly.
Let the lover be.