The 5 Eastern philosophers everyone should know about — 4

Jalal-ad-Din-Muhammad Rumi, popularly known simply as Rumi (1207 — 1273), was a 13th-century Persian, Muslim poet, and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, people of Central Asia and South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages. Rumi has been described as the “most popular poet” and the “best selling poet” in the United States.

Rumi was born to native Persian-speaking parents, originally from the Balkh, in present-day Afghanistan. His most famous literary work “Masnavi” is considered as one of the greatest poems of the Persian language. His works are widely read even today in their original language across Iran and the Persian-speaking world. His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, as well as the literature of some other Turkic, Iranian, and Indo-Aryan languages including Hindi, Chagatai, Urdu, Pashto, and Bengali.

Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. His work weaves fables, scenes from everyday life, Qur’anic revelations and exegesis, and metaphysics into a vast and intricate tapestry. In the East, it is said of him that he was “not a prophet” but surely, he has brought a scripture.

The general theme of Rumi’s thought, like that of other mystic and Sufi poets is essentially the concept of Tawhid — “ union with his beloved (the primal root) from which/whom he has been cut off and become aloof and his longing and desire to restore it.

According to Rumi, life is a journey and in this journey, if the seeker turns towards the truth, grows through love, abandons the ego then, he or she 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.

Scholars believe that Rumi’s PHILOSOPHY towards life provides true testimony and proof that people of all religions and backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony. Rumi’s visions, words, and life teach us how to reach inner peace and happiness so we can finally stop the continual stream of hostility and hatred and achieve true global peace and harmony.

Quotes and poetry…

‘I died to the mineral state and became a plant,
 I died to the vegetable state and reached animality,
 I died to the animal state and became a man,
 Then what should I fear? I have never become less from dying.
 At the next charge (forward) I will die to human nature,
 So that I may lift up (my) head and wings (and soar) among the angels,
 And I must (also) jump from the river of (the state of) the angel,
 Everything perishes except His Face,
 Once again I will become sacrificed from (the state of) the angel,
 I will become that which cannot come into the imagination,
 Then I will become non-existent; non-existence says to me -like an organ,
 Truly, to Him is our return.’

1.Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

2.The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

3.Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

4.Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

5.Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.

6.Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

7.When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.

8.Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?