Jalaluddin Rumi-MEVLANA (1207-1273)
He was the sheikh of a dervish community in Konya, Turkey. He lived the life of a religious scholar until one day in 1244 when he met a stranger, a wandering dervish named Shams-i Tabrizi, who put a question to him. The stranger’s question caused Rumi to faint dead away. When he came to, his spiritual life was transformed.
He became a mystical artist and poet. Under Shams-i Tabrizi’s influence, Rumi was outwardly transformed from a sober jurisprudent to an intoxicated celebrant of the mysteries of Divine Love. For a year or two, they were constant companions.
Within three years of meeting Shams-i Tabrizi, Shams vanishes forever from Rumi’s exterior world. At this point, Rumi leaves off preaching to the general public, and devotes the remaining twenty six years of his life to training his Sufi initiates and writing divinely inspired poetry.
Below are some excerpts from his masterpiece: