Rumi and the Play of Poetry

35 thoughts on “Rumi and the Play of Poetry

  1. A moth, flying into the flame
    says with its wingfire: Try This.
    The wick, with its knotted neck broken, tells you the same.
    A candle, as it diminishes, explains-
    Gathering more and more, is not the way
    Become Light and Heat and Help.

    The ocean sits in the sand, letting its lap fill with pearls and shells;
    Then, empty.
    A bitter salt taste hums- This.

    The rose purifies its face, drops the soft petals
    Shows its thorn; and Points.

    Wine, abandons thousands of famous names
    The vintage years and delightful bouquets,
    To run wild and anonymous
    Through your brain.

    The flute, closes its eyes and gives its lips to Hamsa's emptiness

    Everything begs, with the silent rocks
    For you- to be flung out like light
    Over this plain

  2. To all the people who are fighting here about Rumi's nationality. Rumi was from Brazil and he was a Native American.

  3. Without listening to Rumi, I have to end my life goodbye for nothing. He showed me what I’m and what I have to doing during my life and learned me what calls LOVE.

  4. Rumi is love!
    Love belongs to all…
    It doesn't matter where he lived, where he was born or to which religion.

    All he was and is, is LOVE.
    Be that!

    Forget the rest.

    And thank you Coleman Barks for your astonishing work!

  5. Rumi was born as Mohammed Jalaluddin Balkhi, on September 30, 1207 C. E. in Balkh Province, Afghanistan. He descended from a long line of jurists, theologians, and mystics, including his father, who was known by followers of Rumi as “Sultan of the Scholars.” When Rumi was still a young man, his father led their family more than 2,000 miles west to avoid the invasion of Genghis Khan’s armies. The family travelled to Baghdad, to Mecca on pilgrimage, and to Damascus and eventually settled in Konya in what is now western Turkey. This part of the world was then known to its inhabitants as Rum, a name derived from the Byzantine Roman Empire that had formerly held it. Jalaluddin's name in religion and literature – Rumi – is itself derived from Rum.

    Rumi became a celebrated Islamic scholar at a young age and was admired for his learning. However, his life changed when he met the wandering mystic Sham al – Din in 1244. This meeting had a profound impact on Rumi, he felt Sham to be a divinely inspired person and he took him to be his Guru. Under the guidance of Shams, Rumi became interested of the way of the Sufi. Rumi is today thought of being a mystic and poet and is closely identified with Sufism within Islam, where devotees seek a direct union with God.

    Through his poetry, Rumi expressed his philosophy which included tolerance of all religious beliefs, the importance of goodness and charity, and above all, he advocated the importance of love. Rumi passed away on December 17th, 1273 in Konya, Turkey; his body was interred beside that of his father. Today, Rumi is loved around the world and is the best selling poet in the United States.

  6. Reminds me of Rumi “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. . . "
    Beauty of Rumi glowing through the beauty of Barks.

  7. the description says he is afghan? that is a first. turks say he is turkish. afghans say he is afghan. that is hilarious. god forbid people admit to iran's literary history.

  8. This is hardly Rumi. More than half of it is Barks's own poetry. I guess people come to hear Rumi and suffer through his dry material because they're already there.

  9. This is one of the most beautiful renderings of Rumi's poetry that I have ever heard. The modern music perfectly harmonizes with Rumi's ancient words, and creates a magic that further confirms for me the relevance of Rumi's poetry today. Thank you to Coleman Barks for sharing Rumi's poetry in this video and in your books.

  10. Rumi isn't Iranian. It's soo emberising. Please don't call him a Persian. I hate persian people. Hi is an Khorasani, which the land is called for Afghanistan.

  11. Thanks, I really love this. But I think there are two problems.

    First, it would be reasonable that you use "Balkhi" instead of "Rumi" (because he was born in Balkh, and it is common), there are plenty samples about poets in this way like, "Attar Neishaburi", "Abol Moayed Balkhi", "Fakhruddin As'ad Gurgani", "Saadi Shirazi", "Shams Tabrizi", … .

    Second, poems have written in Farsi ("Persian") that you mentioned from Afghanistan and Turkey, it was good that you mention from Iran and Afghanistan. Also I belive that Mollana Jallaledin Mohamad (Balkhi) belong to all people , countries and cultures.

    Thanks for your attempts, Good Job.

  12. Sometimes I feel so sad that some people called our nation Iran(Persia) "Axis of Evil". I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW THE LAND AND NATION OF the root of poets like Molana Rumi, Algebra, math, sciences and arts can be called axis of evil! So unfair!
    This is from Molana Rumi's master, Shams:
    "We all have different faces, characters and names. If God wanted us to be all the same, He would have done it. Not to respect the differences, to accuse the others for our faults is not to respect God." (Shams Tabrizi)

  13. Coleman Barks cannot translate Rumi. You people cannot know Rumi by Coleman Barks. Please change it to white fantasies about Iranian guys. Also proof White people are idiots.

  14. What  a enlightened man? He lived in Georgia. Rumi lived 600-700 hundred years ago on the other site of the ocean and land..Yet, he brought back Rumi's poetry  into life. I call that enlightenment.

  15. It does not matter what land we are born on, we leave it, we come back to it, maybe we come back to the water.  If we are born in the water, then the labels wash away!!

  16. Rumi is MUSLIM. Muhammad Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah) is a great Muslim Awliya. Sufi is not a sect, Sufis are Sunnis. Do NOT believe the false and made up stories by some misguided Westerners. There's an article on Dar-Al-Masnavi which exposes these Western perverted lies, false-translations and outright made up poems which Rumi never said or wrote. Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah) is MUSLIM and an EXTREMELY practicing Muslim. Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah) is an Awliya. Do NOT believe the lies of morons like Coleman or Deepak. They are vile, impure and filthy distorters and LIARS!

    Rumi always considered himself Muslim and he was never a part of this universalist nonsense. According to Rumi, Islam is the only right path.

    "The soil of Madinah is sweeter than both worlds:
    Oh, happy the town where dwell the Beloved!"
    – Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah)

    Madinah is the holy city where the holy, pure, perfect and infallible Prophet Muhammad (SAW/blessings of Allah be upon him and peace be upon him) is buried.

    "This is the book of the Masnavi, and it is the roots of the roots of the roots of the (Islamic) Religion and it is the Explainer of the Qur'ân."
    – Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah)

    "Flee to God's Qur'an, take refuge in it
    there with the spirits of the prophets merge.
    The Book conveys the prophets' circumstances
    those fish of the pure sea of Majesty."

    – Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah)

    "The Sufi is hanging on to Muhammad, like Abu Bakr."
    – Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah)

    Blessings of Allah be upon the holy Prophet and peace be upon him.

    "I am the servant of the Qur'an as long as I have life.
    I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen one.
    If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings,
    I am quit of him and outraged by these words."
    – Jalaluddin Balkhi/Rumi (Rah)

  17. excuse me….., Jalaledin Rumi was a Persian Poet living in Persia (which then land was much larger than today and included Turkey.
    Now the Western society is continuously mistaken and refer him being from Turkey. We should learn to get our facts straight and properly address them specially when it comes out of a university. Thank you

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