When I Die: A Short Poem by Rumi

A page from one of Rumi’s works, c. 1503

The great 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī, said to be the most popular poet in America today, lived in Greater Khorasan or Iran. His works were written mostly in Persian, but he also wrote occasionally in Greek, Arabic and Turkish. 

Music, poetry and dance were Rumi’s chief means to mystical union with the divine, apart from prayer, meditation and asceticism which have always been inseparable from the religious life.  Rumi inspired the sacred dance of the whirling Dervishes. His favourite musical instrument, which helped to focus his mind and produce an altered state of consciousness, was the reed flute. 

This beautifully read poem will serve as an introduction to his work.  [LD]  

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7 thoughts to “When I Die: A Short Poem by Rumi”

  1. “I searched for myself and found only God.”- Rumi

    “The Lord has many names, and chanting the holy name of Allah is non-different from chanting the holy name of Krsna.” – Srila Prabhupada

  2. I guess all the Catholic missionaries gave up everything, underwent great hardships, were often martyred, all in vain, if everyone enters a new life of paradise after death, or else comes back to give soul purification another try.
    Abundant converging evidence points to the contrary. Click on my name for a crucially important event and message.

  3. Darrell,

    There is a Golden Rule, which all Religions have intuitively accepted as true: Love They Neighbor As Yourself.”
    And for THAT reason, Judgment is passed on all. Because God is Love.

    “The nations have fallen into the trap they made, their feet caught in the snare they laid.! Yahweh has made himself known, given judgment, he has ensnared the wicked in the work of their own hands. May the wicked turn away to Sheol, all the nations forgetful of God. For the needy is not forgotten forever, not for ever does the hope of the poor come to nothing. Arise, Yahweh; human strength shall not prevail. The nations shall stand trial before you.” Psalms 9:15-19

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