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This is one of my favorites poems of Rumi. In this short but deeply spiritual and meaningful poem, Rumi cleverly explains the core belief of Sufism and Islamic teaching that this material life we're living in is nothing but a transitory experience to the Everlasting life, and simply a bridge to reaching eternal union with The Real in the Hereafter. He also teaches us that God is the Giver and Taker of life, therefore, Rumi beautifully uses the Quranic passage of "To God we belong and to Him we shall return." -[ Quran 2:156]- as the foundation base of his following poem. I hope my translation can capture Rumi's intended Sufi mystical messages and teachings.
"The purpose of music, considered in relation to God, is to arouse longing for God, and passionate love for Him, and to produce states in which God reveals Himself and His favor, which are beyond description and known only by experience. These states are called ecstasy." Al-Ghazali, 10th Century Mystic.
"The gift to sing is God-given and does not distinguish between male and female. At the shrine, both men and women have equal access. They both have the right to sing and enjoy the experience of reading (spiritual) poetry." Abida Parveen.
The Mekaal Hasan Band is a jazz/rock fusion band from Pakistan, playing a unique style of music which draws from eastern and western influences to create a blend of sounds deeply rooted in eastern classical styles and a jazz-rock feel reminiscent of the 70’s. This is the side of the great and proud nation of Pakistan, the artistically rich, and generously blessed with outstanding musical talents, that you'll not see in CNN & definitely not in prime time FOX News!
Davod Azad is a renowned Persian singer of Azeri descent and a prominent master of Persian classical music. He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, and one of the most respected modern artists of the Persian Sufi music. In the following clip, he's performing at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas.
By Bishop Hassan Dehqani Tafti - اسقف حسن دهقانی تفتی
The first Persian Anglican Bishop
What Jesus Runs Away Fromby Rumi
On the occasion of the upcoming celebrations of Jesus' miraculous birth, I'd like to share, as a comparative poetic analysis, my 'Word for word/literal', and also the great American scholar of Rumi, Coleman Bark's translation of the same poem below. If you're a Farsi-speaker who speaks English, notice how so entirely different Professor Barks' translation reads. Starting from the title of the poem itself, Coleman Barks translates the title as: "What Jesus Runs Away From", but Rumi's complete original Persian title of the poem in his Masnavi reads: "The tale of Jesus, 'Peace be upon him', running away to the mountain from the fools".
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".. Seb-i Arus, meaning Nuptial Night or Night of Union, is a ceremony held every year on the anniversary of Mevlana Rumi's death[in Konya, Turkey..Rumi died on the night of 17 December 1273]. It begins after the afternoon prayer with the reading of the Koran. The ceremony consists of six parts. In the first part the dervishes praise the Prophet Mohammed and the prophets who came before him and God. The beat on the kudüm or double drum, the second part, represents God's command 'Let it be.’ Then the ney plays music representing carnal life. The dancers, known as semazen, then greet one another three times and walk around in a circle. This symbolizes the greeting of the mystic spirit. The dancers then remove their black jackets, symbolizing their birth into the eternal spiritual world. The return to truth has begun. Crossing their arms across their breast, to signify the number one, they testify to the unity of God. Then kissing the hand of the seyh, who silently gives his permission to participate in the sema, they begin to turn anticlockwise, their right arm held up in the air, their left foot remaining on the ground, and their right foot lifted. The sema consists of four parts, the first representing awareness of knowledge and truth, and thus awareness of the Creator and the dervishes’ own surrender to Him; the second awe at the power of God for creating humankind; the third the transformation of awe and gratitude into love, and the sacrifice of mind to love in an act of ultimate submission; the fourth the completion of the spiritual journey, acceptance of fate, and the return to the true meaning of creation. The ceremony concludes with prayers in two parts.."
Rumi’s Philosophy of Love in the Era of U-turned Islam
by Nevad Kahteran
Read the entire paper below:
Rumi’s philosophy of Love in the era of U-turned Islam
Rumi’s philosophy of Love in the era of U-turned Islam
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The essential awareness of the spiritual state of today’s world, and of the question of terrorism, reflects the social pathologies of the modern world – a pathology that is accustoming people to the presence of violence as something quite normal and logical, and where they are all too familiar with danger and the presence of death. There is thus a great need for studies which will stimulate mutual understanding, inter-faith dialogue and multicultural encounters. Hazrat Mawlana, who is one of the greatest spiritual and literary figures of all time, who advocated unlimited tolerance, and for whom love is the most significant conceptual component in a manner transcending all national, cultural and civilizational bounderies, is undoubtedly the most suitable figure for this task..