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Islam Sufi Poet Jallaludin Rumi And The Masnavi

Jun 1, 2004
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.


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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