A Buddhists' Review of Rumi, Inc.
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī or as we know him in the west Rumi was a prolific Muslim poet. He was also a great Theologian and Sufi mystic. His romantic description of the spiritual path and divine union has touched the lives of millions.
There are currently 364,987 translations of Rumi's poems available. Well... Maybe that is not an exact figure! Nonetheless, there are a ton of them. My favorite has to be "Hidden Music" by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi. There selection and arrangement makes for wonderful reading. Plus it is illustrated with some of the most beautiful Sufi art work by Azima Melita Kolin.
I can think of no better way to start or finish your day than one of Rumi's poems. So I will share a selection with you from the before mentioned title:
He is back
the one who was never absent,
the water that never left the stream,
the essence of the musk,
of which we are the scent.
Can the essence and the scent be separate?
If you liked this you might also like these posts by Ben:
*Silence- A poem by Rumi