Jalal-ul-Din RUMI (1207-1273) was born in Balkh, 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.
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.