Thursday, October 30, 2008
Rumi in Brief
"Molana" Jalaledin Rumi (1207-1273) was born in Balkh, Persia and died in Konya; R.A. Nicholson declared him “the greatest mystical poet of any age.” His spiritual and literary influence is pervasive. He composed over 70,000 verses of spontaneous (!) poetry of divine love and ecstatic illumination. He was an orthodox, sober professor until he met a wandering Sage – Shams of Tabriz (Persia) and was transformed into an enraptured lover of God.