Rumi, popularly known as Mevlānā in Turkey and Mawlānā (Persian: مولانا Persian pronunciation: [moulɒːnɒː]) in Iran and Afghanistan but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273) was a 13th-century Persian Muslim poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rūmī is a descriptive name meaning “Roman” since he lived most of his life in an area called “Rûm” (then under the control of Seljuq dynasty) because it was once ruled by the Eastern Roman Empire. He was one of the figures who flourished in the Sultanate of Rum.
Today, Rumi is one of the most influential poets in the world. His works trancends through the millennia and he sure will be discovered and understood more deeply as we move into the future.
Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet, was truly one of the most passionate and profound poets in history. Now, today his presence still remains strong, due in part to how his words seem to drip of the divine, and startle a profound rememberance that links all back to the Soul-Essence. Born in what is present day Afghanistan in 1207, he produced his master work the Masnawi which consists of over 60,000 poems before he died in 1273.
Rumi’s life story is full of intrigue and high drama mixed with intense creative outbursts. Rumi was a charming, wealthy nobleman, a genius theologian and a brilliant but sober scholar, who in his late thirties met a wandering and wild holy man by the name of Shams. In Rumi’s own words, after meeting Shams he was transformed from a bookish, sober scholar to an impassioned seeker of the truth and love. –Source
“Rumi is a very mysterious and provocative poet and figure for our time, as we grapple with understanding the Sufi tradition [and] understanding the nature of ecstasy and devotion and the power of poetry,” says the poet Anne Waldman, co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where she is a professor of poetics. “And the homoerotic tradition as well, consummated or not. He is in a long tradition of ecstatic seers from Sappho to Walt Whitman.”
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One example of his amazing work:
The Story of My Life
i was ready to tell the story of my life but the ripple of tears and the agony of my heart wouldn’t let me
i began to stutter saying a word here and there and all along i felt as tender as a crystal ready to be shattered
in this stormy sea we call life all the big ships come apart board by board
how can i survive riding a lonely little boat with no oars and no arms
my boat did finally break by the waves and i broke free as i tied myself to a single board
though the panic is gone i am now offended why should i be so helpless rising with one wave and falling with the next
i don’t know if i am nonexistence while i exist but i know for sure when i am i am not but when i am not then i am
now how can i be a skeptic about the resurrection and coming to life again
since in this world i have many times like my own imagination died and been born again
that is why after a long agonizing life as a hunter i finally let go and got hunted down and became free