The Sufi Poet Rumi
Rumi is known to go by a number of names, but to the English language Rumi is the simple term. He was Persian poet from the 13th century. He was known to live in an area that was ruled by the Byzantine Empire (roman era). He was also known as a theologian and a jurist. Many that study his work and learn about his background and upbringing feel his teachings were inspired by being reunited with something close that was lost. This is something many poets considered mystic, including Rumi, shared in personal beliefs.
Rumi’s teachings are unique because they took different elements of life and brought them together like a tapestry with weaving thoughts and insight. He had a unique connection with God and felt elements such as dance, music and poetry was the best way to connect with the almighty. It seemed as if Rumi felt there is a deep spiritual connection that would come through his words, music and movement. These elements would help settle the atmosphere and the soul. This helped develop rituals that would be practiced through creative words, movement and sounds. His teachings helped define sacred moments of tradition many practiced during his time.
The spiritual journey is something his work would help create. His teachings would create a backdrop for good spiritual connections. In other words, he believed a number of elements related to spirituality would help strengthen races, nations and beliefs of others. As people mature it would help them to become closer to their creator and be of better service to God and to others. Rumi’s poetry work and prose has been studied for years with mystical work being one of his best literary contributions. Much of his work was written through personal experience in how Rumi shares parts of his past with family and how he grew up.
Some of Rumi’s work is sermon sessions that provide deeper meaning behind certain elements of life. They are actually lectures that were translated by other poets. The sermons were given by Rumi when they were requested. Some of his other work includes letters that were written by him. He shares how his family helped him stay focused and busy in his community. But, he also discusses people in his community he refers to as disciples that he grew up with. His work shows he had true respect and appreciation for the simple things.