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]