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Islam Sufi Poet Jallaludin Rumi and the Masnavi

Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by Neutral Singh, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Neutral Singh

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    In essence the poetry of Jallaludin Rumi, lovingly termed by his Turkish devotees ‘Mevalana’ (our Lord), is the exquisite poetic painting of the highest states of brahm-gyaan in the finest of imagery. Born into the 13th century, he is often ranked as the greatest Sufi poet. Each line of the Musnuvi encompasses profound secrets that when unlocked depict the purest of pure, the unspeakable speech.

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    Jallaludin Rumi
    Rumi opened his heart to all. In a parallel to Guru Nanak Dev ji’s above proclamation, Rumi famously remarked;

    ‘Not Christian, or Jew, or Muslim, nor Hindu,
    Buddhist or Sufi. Not any religion or cultural system
    I am not from the East nor the West
    Nor out of the ocean, nor up from the ground


    Not natural or ethereal, not composed of all elements at all
    I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next,
    Did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story
    My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless


    Neither body nor soul

    I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one
    And that one call to and know


    First, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.’
    (trans, Coleman Barks, Essential Rumi)

    With such a common perspective and goal running through the veins of Gurbani and Rumi, it is perhaps of little surprise that the Sewapanthis, under the guidance of Bhai Adhan Shah, became expert scholars of Persian and Arabic and began giving daily katha on this text in their satsangs.
     
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  3. Arvind

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    Every century, every year has given birth to revolutionaries and enlightened saints. How come we keep on missing them in our own present times!
     
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