Over the years, millions of copies of medieval Persian Sufi poet Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi’s poetry have been sold in the United States and around the world. He was born 813 years ago in the year 1207 and even today there is no shortage of his fans all over the world.
Brady Gooch, author of the biography of Rumi, ‘Secrets of Rumi’ says that “his personality has been so high and attractive for centuries.”
Gooch is also known for his critical work on Frank O’Hara and Flannery O’Connor. “Rumi’s map of life covers 2,500 miles,” says Gooch. Rumi started his journey from his birthplace Balkh. This place is now in Tajikistan. From there he traveled through Samarkand the city of Uzbakistan to Iran and Syria, where he studied in his youth in Damascus and Aleppo.
His last stop was Konya, Turkey, where Rumi spent the last 50 years of his life. Today, devotees and heads of state gather at Rumi’s tomb every year on December 17 to commemorate his death.
There came a moment in Rumi’s life in 1244 that changed his life completely. This was the moment when he met Shams Tabriz, a free-spirited Sufi.
“At the age of 37 that time, Rumi was a traditional Muslim preacher and scholar following in the footsteps of his ancestors,” says Gooch. But the friendship between the two lasted for three years when they remained lovers and beloved [or] disciples and sheikhs, which was never clear. The Romi became Sufi. Shams disappeared three years later, perhaps because “one of Rumi’s jealous sons may have killed him, and possibly taught Rumi an important lesson of separation”.
Rumi confronted this separation with a poetry. All his writings are between the ages of 37 and 67.
In it, he wrote about 3000 [love songs] for Shams, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Allah.
He wrote two thousand different poems. He wrote a spiritual epic Masnavi in six volumes.
Over these years, Rumi incorporated poetry, music, and dance into the religious process.
“When the Romans meditated or recited poems, they danced and wrote in a way,” says Gooch. It was later created as a prestigious immersion dance after his death. And as Rumi himself wrote in his 2351st ghazal. “I used to pray, now I read poetry, poems and songs.”
Even hundreds of years after his death, Rumi’s words are still recited, repeated, and sung with music, and it inspires novels, poems, music and movies, his views appear in the form of YouTube videos and tweets. Gooch also tweets from Romi secrets. How is Rumi is alive for so long?
“He is a poet of joy and love,” says Gooch. His words come as a result of the separation and love of the Shams and the remembrance of the Creator and death. Rumi’s message transcends all boundaries and it communicates. I once saw a sticker with a Rumi line on it: ‘There is a field between right and wrong. I will meet you there’.
“Rumi is one of the most mysterious and provocative poets and personalities of our time,” says Annie Waldman, a professor of poetry at the University of Naropa. When we go out to understand the power, they grip us. ‘ “They also have a homosexual tradition in its entirety or in its raw form,” she added. From Sappho to Walt Whitman, he is one of the most outspoken.
“Beyond the constraints of time, space and culture, Rumi’s poetry proves its permanence,” says Lee Bricetti, executive director of the Poetry House and co-sponsor of the National Library Series on Rumi in the United States.
further more she said that it help us find our own love and understand the joys of everyday life. ” She compares Rumi to Shakespeare in terms of its beauty’.Coleman Barks, who revived Rumi by translating Rumi’s poetry and making Rumi a “bestseller” in the United States, says that Rumi is blessed with permanence because of the “amazing freshness of his imagination.” Yes, and there is a strong desire that arises from it. His sense of humor and wisdom are also hidden in his game.
800 years ahead of its time
“I think there’s a strong global movement going on right now, a spirit that seeks to end sectarian violence and the boundaries set by religion,” Barks said. People of all faiths are said to have come to Rumi’s funeral in 1273 because they said they strengthened our faith. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there.”
Javed Mujaddidi, a medieval mystic scholar at Rutgers University and an award-winning translator for Rumi, says: ‘Rumi was an experimental innovator among Persian poets and a Sufi saint. Presenting mystical ideas in bold poetic attire is the key to their popularity today.
Mujaddidi says that the first in the Rumi’s four major inventions is to address the reader directly, which was rare at the time. I think modern readers find themselves well-adjusted to this direct speech.
The second thing he tries to teach is: “Readers of inspirational literature are attracted to Rumi’s poetry.” Third, their use of everyday imagery. And fourth, in his ghazals, there is a strong hope of connecting with the beloved.
As new translations emerge, his words resonate. Rumi’s influence will remain. These poems and catchy words remind us how poetry can be a lasting part of everyday life.