I am the same as He.
His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself!
Although Rumi as known today in the west is of a more secular message bearer, but his message was in fact a religious one within the framework of Islam. Its not to be forgotten that he was a Muslim thoelogian, jurist and a professor. He lived the religion of islam inside out. Rumi brought Sufi mysticism away from asceticism and into the heart of the people.
Quoting from the wikipedia article on Rumi:
Whenever people say that Islam is hostile to opposing views and violent in its nature, I always wonder whether those people actually ever took the time to read the Koran, to talk about it, to read other Islamic literature, to take a long and hard look at the history of this second largest religion of the world, and whether they’ve ever heard of someone we in the West have come to know as Rumi.
Rumi's actual approach to Islam is clarified by the following quatrain composed by him: “I am the servant of the Qur'an as long as I have life. I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen one. If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings, I am quit of him and outraged by these words."
In an article written by Seyyed Hossein Nasr entitled "Rumi and the Sufi Tradition," he states, "One of the greatest living authorities on Rûmî in Persia today, Hâdî Hâ'irî, has shown in an unpublished work that some 6,000 verses of the Dîwân and the Mathnawî are practically direct translations of Qur'ânic verses into Persian poetry."
:: 800th Birthday Celebration
This year Turkey is to celebrate Rumi’s birthday with a giant whirling dervish sama performance with 300 dervishes and the celebration will be aired live in eight different countries using 48 cameras.
Rumi himself invites the world to join in the spiritual journey by saying:
Come, come, whoever you are
Wanderer, idolater, worshipper of fire,
Come even though you have broken
your vows a hundred time,
Come, and come yet again,
Ours is not a caravan of despair…
:: Credit and Reference:
. 800th Birthday Anniverary of Rumi
. Jelalulddin Rumi - wikipedia
. Turkey to celebrate Rumi's birthday with a giant Sema performance
. 800 years of Mevlana
. Rumi, Poet of Love and Justice
. The roar of Rumi - 800 years on
:: Previous Posts on Rumi:
. Spiritual Realization of Rumi and Shams
. Rumi, coleman Barks and vision of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
. My favorite poem of Rumi
. Rumi and Whirling
. Rumi's Poem recitation
May Jelaladdin Rumi's noble soul be in peace and bliss with His Ultimate Beloved and may Rumi's word and message open the hearts of more lovers of God of all ages.