“What you seek is seeking you.”
Known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmi… One would think the wisdom and poetry of Rumi was more contemporary, yet he walked this earth over 800 years ago. He is known as an evolutionary thinker in a time and place when dogmatic and close minded despotic thinking was main-stream. Yeah, not much as changed in 800 years…. Why was Rumi special? Rumi was awakened… Rumi spoke of the divine ego and that all matter in the universe obeys the law(s) of love. His energy and wisdom seems more relevant as history continues to age; yet his teachings seem to grow with history; never to age.
“Embrace the light and let it guide you beyond the winds of desire”…
Rumi was a famous 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and mystic. Born September 30th, 1207 he lived a full life, dying on December 17th, 1273. According to Cambridge Professor and expert Edward Granville Browne, Rumi was a Sunni Muslim. However, despite the religious affiliation his wisdom and works of literature seem to take on a non-denominational spirituality. You have to dig deep to find the direct influences of the Qur’an. Still with every great faith there is wisdom and knowledge that transcends culture and is valuable to all that have an open mind. It seems the true art as a teacher and sage is knowing to share wisdom that does not hold us prisoner to our fear and ego but instead sets our spirit free.
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, “You owe me.”
Look what happens with love like that; it lights up the sky…”
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. Within his writings, he talks of a mystical journey of spiritual ascent through mind and love to the “Perfect One”. In this journey, the seeker symbolically turns towards the truth, grows through love, abandons the ego, finds the truth and arrives at the “Perfect”. The seeker then returns from this spiritual journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without discrimination with regard to beliefs, races, classes and nations. How refreshing! How ageless!!!
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?”
Ironically here in the west there are widespread pockets of this naïve notion that Islam breeds violence and that ignorance and tyranny runs rampant in the Middle East. You do not have to look far into western religion to see the same thread and yet from all faiths there is the positive and the negative; there are stories of miracles and salvation; stories of damnation and war. Still, self-discovery arises from within. Great minds like Aristotle, Plato, Rumi and even Galileo were sometimes persecuted for their independent thinking. Yet, it is independent thinking that revolutionizes philosophy.
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
Wisdom that stands the test of time and transcends cultures and religions is truly special – that in itself might be the true definition of wisdom – ageless and empowering… The wisdom of Rumi is truly a gift for humanity and will continue to give to those that have open arms and mindfulness to accept such gifts.
John C. Bader