Homage to Sufi mystic & poet Jalal ad-Dīn Rumi
December 17 marks the anniversary of Rumi's passing, also known as the Wedding Night.
In the Sufi faith it is believed that upon his death, Rumi's soul was re-united with the "Beloved" (God // Universe).
Ending the pain of separation through the glorious re-union of lover with beloved.
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In Buddhist terms, it would be comparable to the unification of bliss and emptiness. The merging of the water droplet within the ocean of Sunyata.
Rumi, known as Mevlana (Master/Gravity) to his devotees, was a 13th century Persian poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic, who is known for starting the tradition of the whirling dervishes. His most notable work is the Masnavi, a compilation of six books of poetry that together amount to around 25,000 verses or 50,000 lines. The Masnavi is a manual for Sufis and other seekers, a set of instructions on how to proceed on the path of love - until the 'divine union' or insight into the nature of reality occurs.
On Dec 17, dervishes and devotees travel to Konya, Turkey, the resting place of his body.
Others pay tribute to Rumi, the self-proclaimed divine madman, by dancing.
An act of remembering + embodying his message of ecstatic love and crystalline wisdom.
Poem Of The Atoms
O day, arise! The atoms are dancing. Thanks to Him the universe is dancing. The souls are dancing, overcome with ecstasy. I'll whisper in your ear where their dance is taking them. All the atoms in the air and in the desert know well, they seem insane. Every single atom, happy or miserable, Becomes enamored of the sun, of which nothing can be said.
ای روز برا که ذره ها رقص کنند آن کس که از او چرخ و هوا رقص کنند جانها ز خوشی بی سر و پا رقص کنند در گوش تو گویم که کجا رقص کنند هر ذره که در هوا یا در هامون است نیکو نگرش که همچو ما مفتون است هر ذره اگر خوش است اگر محذون است سرگشته خورشید خوش بی چون است
- Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi