Rumi

Written by Serena Berger
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Jelaluddin Rumi was a great Persian poet born in 1207 in the area now known as Afghanistan. Upon Mogul invasion of his city, his family relocated to Turkey, which is where he spent most of his life. Rumi is most well known for founding the Mevlevi Order, who are more commonly known throughout the world as the Whirling Dervishes of Sufism.

The Life and Legacy of Jelaluddin Rumi

Rumi was initially a scholar, as were the men of his family before him. An encounter with a wandering dervish called Shams of Tabriz changed his life. He said that he saw God in this person, and it inspired him to seek a new spirituality and mode of being.

As a poet, he wrote of a desire to be with God, an entity he referred to as a friend. In search of the ecstasy of connection with God, Rumi developed a system which included music and dance, spins, postures, sound, and mental focus. For many centuries, these were secret rituals, but today the Mevlevi dervishes share their music and dance with the world.

In addition to reading any of the poems from his tremendous body of work, you may also wish to view the film Rumi, Poet of The Heart. Critics and audiences alike have been touched by this beautiful film, and have carried away from it a sense of the serenity and joy which Rumi sought to share and explore in his works. Rumi's poetry promotes only beauty, spirituality, love, and tolerance: lessons for us all, and beautifully expressed.


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