“Inside a lover’s heart there’s another world, and yet another…”-Rumi
A good friend (Thank you, Liz) of mine reminded me today of the work of Rumi, or rather she reminded me of how much I enjoy his art…his expression, how it seems that he captures the essence of my very desire in only a few phrases. If you are not familiar with his prose, may I suggest that you look him up. He had such an intuitive and even universal manner to his poetry…his theme was love and be it love of one or many or all…he truly understood how to depict the capacity of the human heart.
Maulana Jalal-ul-Din RUMI (1207-1273) was born in Persia and died in Konya, Turkey. R.A.Nicholson called him “the greatest mystical poet of any age.” His spiritual and literary influence is so pervasive in the East that his name is often prefaced by the reverential term “Maulana” (our Master). He composed over 70,000 verses of poetry of divine love and ecstatic illumination. He was a pillar of Islam and a sober scholar until he met a wandering wild dervish – Shams of Tabriz and was transformed into an enraptured lover of God; traveling from knowledge to vision.
“Love has everyone by the ear
dragging us back by secret ways,
the one who secretly hears this is senseless.”
He reached a rare level of intimacy with the Beloved. His poetry is an enthusiastic torrent of spontaneous outpouring. Ecstatic love poetry rooted in the divine with its endless permutations of longing, union, separation and intoxication. We can only hold up our cupped hands in humble supplication and become drenched with the dizzying fragrance of his gifts. The variety and sheer number of his cannon has become essential reading for modern day seekers and lovers.[excerpt from an article on Rumi]