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The Selected Poems of Rumi
This week’s topic comes from our friend Christopher Wright, who writes:
Hey there friends!
Glad your curiosity got your attention. I have a sharing I’d like to put out to you for next Monday’s Classics in Religion session. For a while now I’ve been receiving an ezine that features one of the short poems by 13th century Persian poet Rumi. Taking in the truth of each daily poem has always given me a lift. I’d like each of us to experience the wisdom in them by selecting a favorite out of the 10 attached and preparing an interpretation to share with the rest of our group so we can discuss it together.
[The poems Christopher selected can be viewed/downloaded here. Please pick one for your interpretation, maybe two, as it will be first come/first served.]
Thanks for playing along! Looking forward to zooming with you next week.
Who was the Poet Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī):
Popularly known simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), he was a 13th-century Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages. Rumi is a popular poet in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent as well as in the United States. Because his influence and spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries have transcended national borders and ethnic divisions, his Muslim identity and Islamic scholarship are often obscured.
Like other mystic and Sufi poets of Persian literature, Rumi’s poetry speaks of love which infuses the world. Rumi’s teachings also express the tenets summarized in the Quranic verse which Shams-e Tabrizi cited as the essence of prophetic guidance: “Know that ‘There is no god but He,’ and ask forgiveness for your sin” (Q. 47:19).
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God. For Rumi, music helped devotees to focus their whole being on the divine and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected.