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[Poetry/Spirituality] Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Journey into the world and wisdom of the famous Islamic Sufi poet Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207 - 1273). A poignant weaver of dreams and a remarkable scholar who was born in modern day Afghanistan.

The great sufi mystics have sown the seeds of the consciousness throughout humanity and what is it which sets these mystic poets apart in history? His work transcends religion and borders and has acted as a beacon of divinity for millions of souls on their journey home.

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honourably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. - Rumi

Before the prophet Muhammad brought Islam to the Middle East the region was polytheistic with great mythological ties to the colourful tapestries of Hinduism and their many gods and goddesses. The ancient texts refer to the holy city of Makkah as a place where Alla, the mother goddess, was worshiped. In Sanskrit Alla means 'mother' and it is in this spirit that the Sufi worships the beloved Alla. History has been blessed by a water color mirage between the cultures of Arabian markets and Hindu culture.

Modern day poetry exists in a freedom trance and within that is a freedom of art. What sets Persian poetry apart is their unique 3,000 year history which stems back into a brilliant tradition. Persian Poets on average study for 12 years and most of them will never reach the ability to receive the poetry of Rumi. Often they take an extra 10 years of studying to be able to understand them. Rumi has left us an incredible blue print into the divine feminine, his words are love stories into the creatrix of all human existence.

"I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside." ~ Rumi

Rumi is the most read poet of all time and it was not always so for the mystic. He was originally a sober Muslim scholar until he met the whirling dervish known as Shams Al Tabriz. Rumi riding home on his donkey from his duties of scholar passed the raggedy sage from Tabriz and is said to of fainted from the whirring eyes of the great Shams. They went on to move to Rumi's home for months and developed an inseparable bond. The relationship between the mystics created a storm in the community and Shams was rumoured to be murdered due to the jealousy. That tragedy set Rumi off into a whirlwind of some of the greatest poems ever written.

"Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure" - Rumi

Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you and do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? Rumi looked upon women as the most divine aspects of reality.

He is one of the few sages of the time who had women disciples and was known to have held immense tenderness and honour towards his wife. Rumi throughout his work eludes to the metaphor of the sacred humanity, all women become impregnated with the seed of God itself.

“Whenever we manage to love without expectations,calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven.” – Rumi

Sufism honours the esoteric spirit of women, Muslims pray five times a day facing the city of Makkah. Inside each Mosque is a Mihrab which is a vertical yoni shaped rectangle pointing towards the holy city. It represents the transcendent vagina of female divinity.

"Reason is powerless in the expression of Love." - Rumi

We currently live on a razor's edge of harmony, woman's rights in our world are a constant battle. Looking back into the wisdom of Rumi has provided me a roadmap into the heart and wisdom of the Divine Feminine. To disassociate the traumatic bondage of love and set it free unto itself and existence.

“Union is a raging river running toward the sea. Tonight the moon kisses the stars. O beloved, be like that to me.” – Rumi

Rumi has inspired the longing of communion with the divine and has showed us that it lives within the same spine we scream and sing from. It is a calling returning to the humility of the human spirit. To allow peace to settle within the flames of the ambitious youth roaring from our bellies demanding more from our over worked souls.

Rumi takes that ambition and waters her with peace, inviting our human journey inward into the cavern of our own hearts where liberation resides sitting patiently by the constantly purring fire inside.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi

~ Psychic Garden


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