poet. theologian. mystic.
during the 13th century a man was born in persia (now afghanistan). he moved to the city of konya (now turkey) and lived his life there as a sufi mystic, on a journey seeking truth and love. a journey seeking his soul, i dare say. all along this journey he wrote poems. around 70,000 verses of them as i understand it. those poems live on today as a source of inspiration and inner peace for many today. including me. they offer wisdom, silence, simplicity, truth, & love. they encourage us to embark on a journey of the soul & a journey towards one another.
his message is that life as a journey… a mystical journey of spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Perfect One. in this journey, the seeker symbolically turns towards the truth, grows through love, abandons the ego, finds the truth and arrives at the Perfect. the seeker then returns from this spiritual journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without discrimination with regard to beliefs, races, classes and nations. it is a call to lead a mystical life (= a life that is in touch with your soul) and a loving life (= a life that seeks to be in service to all humanity). for all you methodists out there, sounds like john wesley to me. holiness of heart and life.
rumi’s words are the inspirational quote today. and i thought i’d share a little of his love for words & life with you.
may peace be with you the whole day through.