RumiTime: Genesis of Rumi's Poetry Part 1

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When we launched this channel we had planned to focus primarily on Rumi poems from various translators along with some interweaving of vignettes from Rumi's life. Unfortunately, not all of our original vision is possible at this time. So RumiTime's focus will change from this show onwards ... we will now provide content that is  inspired by Rumi and his Poetry instead of primarily doing shows on Rumi poetry readings.

Rumi's Poetry points to the infusion of Universal Mystery in all aspects of everyday life: from the most mundane to the most profound...  Rumi saw the Divine in everything which he articulates so exquisitely and eloquently in his poetry.... And of course Rumi is not the only such "mystical" poet... there are others like Hafiz or Kabir or more contemporary ones like Tagore... though Rumi is unparalleled in many regards.

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So RumiTime will now offer our personal musings and ramblings on this Mystery which will also include Poetry readings from such "mystical poets." Of course, these musings will also include conversations with others involved in similar explorations.

 

The other change is the frequency of our shows. Instead of 3shows/week we will be releasing mostly 1show per week but occasionally we may add a show or two in any given week.


In today's episode I'd like to explore certain aspects of Rumi's life that provide a deeper appreciation of why such poetry issued forth from him and what was the genesis of this remarkable gift that we are all enjoying almost 8 centuries later!

Rumi and Shams meetings has several accounts and these accounts have their variations depending on the translator. However, the underlying theme is similar and that is  .... it halted Rumi's life trajectory of the  time and brought about a radical transformation ...  a shattering of Rumi's world view.

Of the various accounts the one that impacted me the most was regarding Shams question about Muhammad and Bayazid of Bestami, i.e., "which one of these two is greater?"

Aside from the dramatic aspects of this story, it also points to the book based knowledge being "burned up" thus making Rumi ready for  direct experiential knowledge because Rumi had never experienced total dissolving into God prior to encountering Shams.

It is also recorded in history that Shams, in his inner conversations with God, was willing to give his "own head" to meet someone like Rumi ... and in the end he did! Several references are available re this story, one is "Gurdjieff: Essays and Reflections on the Man and His Teachings - Jacob Needleman and George Baker, Editors(page 230)."

And as we know from history, this meeting profoundly changed Rumi's world-view. How this world view changed will be explored in our next episode.

All of the quotes in the audio podcast have been taken from the book "In the Arms of the Beloved, Translations by Jonathan Star." 

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