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A Glimpse Into the Poetry of Rumi. An Analysis. Monday's Inspiration 41.

Updated on August 14, 2018
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

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Life and Influence

Mevlânâ/Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad, was one of the most prolific esoteric or mystic poets of the 13th Century. He wrote consistently of God, of his experiences with God … his praise and exaltations, as well as about how to re-discover one’s true nature or God, the Absolute. He was extremely popular, as he cloaked most of his work in a sublime and lofty language – the language of Love.

Known simply in the West as Rumi, he is by far the most popular of all mystic poets, outscoring his contemporary Hafiz and the weaver Kabir, who came later on. Rumi was remarkably productive and is reputed to have written an astonishing 60,000 poems, translated into the major languages of the world.

Born into the Suni Muslim faith, Rumi’s influence far transcends boundaries and ethnic divisions, both East and West and today his poetry is discussed, read, translated, memorized and spoken by numerous souls internationally. This is especially so, in the three countries which were closest to his influence. His birthplace of Balkh, modern day Afghanistan (Originally Persian), Konya,Turkey, where he lived and died and finally in Iran.

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Rumi's Teachings

Rumi’s philosophy, still invaluable today, is that we are separated or isolated from God and that life is a journey, a quest to take us back to this essential place of oneness with Love, as he called it so often.

“Listen to the reed and the tale it tells,
How it sings of separation...” -Rumi.

These are the first two of the inspirational opening lines of his famous book, The Masnavi, which can be downloaded from the Internet.

I will now look at one of Rumi’s lofty poems, a favorite from my many inspirational poems from Rumi’s collections. As can be expected, he speaks of Love and in the opening line says that all things … ALL, are in essence, a part of God’s cosmic play.

“Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love.” – Rumi.

Coleman Barks, an American Professor and authority on Rumi, describes Rumi’s Love beautifully in the video below. For Rumi, Love is everything! It is the unseen force … the formless; the invisible Consciousness guiding or pervading through the visible; the sentient and the non-sentient … that continuous thread or spark which is pushing us towards eternity’s Bliss or Delight.

In its lowest form, it may be the drunkard, or the alcoholic or upwards to the family man … all seeking, in various ways for this ‘higher’ Love, to achieve abiding satisfaction … supernal Peace. It is the ‘more’ that we long for … what makes us seek. Yet it is essentially one. Not two or three and in fact, Love simply ‘Is’…omnipresent, omniscient … omnipotent, all-pervading.

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The Gift of Love

“Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love.

Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God’s secrets.

Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.

Although I may try to describe Love,

When I experience it, I am speechless.

Although I may try to write about Love,

I am rendered helpless.

My pen breaks, and the paper slips away,

To that ineffable place

Where Lover, loving and Love, are one.

Every moment is made glorious, by the Light of Love.” _ Rumi

Analysis of the poem

Analysis: “Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love.

All that is good and all that is dark in man, our triumphs or success and our adversities, all come from this play of the Absolute … of Love.

“Love has no cause, it is the astrolabe of God’s secret.”

Love is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, yet it is birthless and deathless. It is meaningless to describe the unfathomable. Just as the Astrolabe holds the secret of time, observations, problems … associated with space, the galaxy of stars and planets, of heavenly bodies, so too Love holds and carries the secrets of Itself or God, The Absolute.

“Lover and loving are inseparable and timeless.”

There are no boxes. All is a continuous interconnected or infinite play of His.

“Although I may try to describe Love,

When I experience it, I am speechless.

Although I may try to write about Love,

I am rendered helpless.”

Rumi says that it is useless to try to define Love. In the highest state of bliss or inner experience of this effulgent Light, it is simply impossible, ‘speechless’, and the enjoyer of this ambrosial state is rendered helpless.

My pen breaks, and the paper slips away,

To that ineffable place

Where Lover, loving and Love, are one.”

Again and again, he returns to this place of no time, Silence, unspoken … where Love rests within itself as not this, not that.’ It is everything and it is no-thing; it is form and it is emptiness. Sooner or later, all returns to this original Light or Love without cause.

The last line sums it up ‘gloriously.’

Every moment is made glorious, by the Light of Love.”

The reverence, the bewilderment, the glory and awe … the wonder and astonishment; the Silence, the Sound … the Peace … all is an adoration of God’s Love.

Coleman Barks on Rumi's Love

More About Rumi and His Message

Rumi was initially an Islamic scholar and theologian, following in the footsteps of his father, who was one of the foremost authorities of his day. There is little evidence of his poetry and mysticism in his early life, although he had a great following and was known as a reputable scholar.

Rumi’s remarkable transformation came about through his chance encounter with the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi on 15 November 1244, which completely changed his life. From an accomplished teacher and jurist, Rumi was transformed into an ascetic and mystic poet, of the highest order.

Rumi’s work has been given by husbands to wives, girlfriends to boyfriends or just friends to friends. This is so because his language is actually quite simple, easy to read and deeply impacting at the same time. Perhaps a bit like the teachings of Sri Krishna or the Psalms of David, although quite different from them. However, to translate Rumi correctly, one needs to remember that he was quintessentially a man of God … a servant of humanity. My experience is that the wise or spiritual, do this best.

Rumi’s is a message of solace, of hope … speaking of the Light of Love, present even in our despair. He speaks – like all esoteric poets – to inspire, to motivate, to awaken and enlighten … to reach the Heart.

Mevlânâ/Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi, was Born in Balki, Afghanistan, in 1207 in the Persian Empire, and foretold his own death or passing, which took place in Konya, Turkey, on the 17th December, 1973. He wrote some powerful poems on dying, which shows no fear of the afterlife. They all read like poems of tremendous joy and Peace. His tombstone reads:


“When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men.”


Rumi's major work is the Maṭnawīye Ma'nawī (Spiritual Couplets; مثنوی معنوی), a six-volume poem regarded by some Sufis[55] as the Persian-language Qur'an. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of mystical poetry.[56] It contains approximately 27,000 lines of Persian poetry.[57]

One other significant work of Rumi’s is the Dīwān-e Kabīr (Great Work) or Dīwān-e Shams-e Tabrīzī (The Works of Shams of Tabriz; دیوان شمس تبریزی), a dedication to his Master Shams.

The Divan contains approximately 35000 Persian couplets and 2000 Persian quatrains,[58] as well as 90 Ghazals and 19 quatrains in Arabic,[59] a couple of dozen or so couplets in Turkish (mainly macaronic poems of mixed Persian and Turkish)[60][61] and 14 couplets in Greek (all of them in three macaronic poems of Greek-Persian).[62][ Acknowledgements: Some help from Wikipedia.

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      S.khan 

      3 weeks ago

      W alaikum assalam.

      Thank you very much sir.

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      manatita44 

      3 weeks ago from london

      Me again, S. Khan.

      I know Coleridge as one of the Romantic Poets. He had a tremendous impact on many great poets of his day but he does not fall in the category of mystical poets. So given time, I'll do someone else and dedicate it to you. Probably Persian or Indian.

      Rumi was Persian. He spoke of Love and had a universal appeal. These are the kinds of poetry I like to do. I like to appeal to the Heart much more than I do the mind.

      Sign up with Hub Pages. It's free. Salaam!

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      S.khan 

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks Sir. It will be a joy to me.

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      manatita44 

      3 weeks ago from london

      Thank you, S.Khan.

      I appreciate the honour. Do you want an analysis of a poem of his plus a little about him?

      Let me say that if you can read Rumi, then you are doing very well. Follow your inner Pilot or Voice.

      Thank you so much!

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      S.khan 

      3 weeks ago

      Would you please tell me about fancy and imagination of Coleridge?

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      S .KHAN 

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks for such a useful artical, I was really curious about Rumi and Tabriz.

      Its a great help to me.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 

      4 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Thank you, Manatita. Actually, I do remember two of them!

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      4 weeks ago from london

      There seem to be two. A Mother's Grief and A Candescent Ray of Sweetness Gladdens My Heart. I simply googled 'Tamara Moore and Manatita44' and they came up.

      Of course you can link it. God bless your family ... God bless you Spirit.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 

      4 weeks ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Beautiful, Manatita! I would not expect anything less of your sweetly-scented writings, shares, and posts.

      I was wondering if I might have your permission to add the link of the stunning poem in which you so kindly dedicated to me a couple of years ago, that I might add it to my Pinterest and Personal Blog at WP? I will, most assuredly, give you the well-deserved credit. It was so beautiful. If your answer is affirmative, where might I find it?

      Hugs,

      Tamara

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      All mystics talk of Love and the Absolute in their unique voice, but, in essence, speaking of the Divine direction behind every impulse. Loved Rumi's poem and your analysis.

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Thank you, Linda L.

      By the way, poets - me excluded - likes talking about politics. I see a few Americans here from time to time (London) and they tend to begin by saying that we are familiar with the state of their country. They are good people, but they express worry.

      Guruji is supposed to have said that the divine forces have already won. Just that there is usually a sort of residue, if you like, before the mist clears. Didn't you say that you got through the great recession-depression. Life always end up becoming more beautiful in the end. But yes, my sweet, I empathise. Sometimes things can seem a bit bleak.

      Yes, Love is everything! It certainly is necessary in rough times and with the support of well chosen friends, can be our only solace. You seem quite composed. Aren't you? :)

      Yes, Alicia.

      I use some of his videos for meditation. The words are so powerful! Again, the well chosen music are always uplifting.

      Well worth the search. Thank you so much!!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Rumi's work sounds beautiful and well worth exploring. I've been intending to explore his writing for a long time. Thank you for reminding me in this interesting article, Manatita.

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      Linda Lum 

      6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Beautiful, peaceful thoughts, but we cannot appreciate them in a moment. These require the time to reflect which is such a good thing. It seems in the 21st century we are so helter-skelter. Thank you for causing us to pause, and reflect and breath in the love that surrounds us.

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Yes, Threekeys.

      I thank you. There are those who say that he has never had a single word out of place. Everything is so meaningful! Even in the translations the deep Spirit of his message comes through. Thank you so much!!

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      threekeys 

      6 weeks ago

      I came to know of Rumi in my early 20's when I came across a beautiful little book of his quotes. They inspired me then and his thoughts still do now inspire me. Its amazing how some of life's observations stand the test of time.

      I hope more people will be inspired to read up on Rumi through your writings from today manitita

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Thank you. You are very kind, Dana. Om Shanti!

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      Dana Tate 

      6 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you. I'll let you know after I read them. you have a beautiful, peaceful, spirit. God, bless.

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Yes, Elijah.

      A nice summary. Some souls don't know, but the same Love is guiding and preening within the emotions, if even in an unconscious way.

      Thank you so much!

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Ah Ioannis. You are stealing all my sacred souls. Ha ha. If you follow Dana, then give her a link to the interviews.

      The only person to excel Rumi that I know of, is my own teacher and Guruji would say that it is not necessary to compare. They all serve in different ways, the same one Consciousness. Hari om!

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Dana,

      Download the 40 Rules on Love by Shams e Tabrizi and read my interviews with Ioannis Arvanitis (Seandragon on hubpades.com

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Depends on your faith. Thomas A Kempis' Imitation of Christ is awesome. Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God is exquisite. The Way of the Pilgrim is a necessary companion.

      Guruji's books read like psalms. They are so powerful. Try Wings of Joy and Meditation, the latter being filled with tips on meditation and visualisation exercises

      Why not buy mines? My Guru, Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings. It has a very promising Chapter on America and Chapters ten to thirteen is pure spirituality. There is a cute book called TheSrimad Bagavatam of Sri Krishna. You would love this one.

      You are a beautiful soul. God bless your Spirit.

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      Dana Tate 

      6 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      I would love to read more on the works of Rumi and the works of the other teacher you quote. I think it's Sri Chimnoy? Your hubs are so full of wisdom that my spirit is drawn to your words. Are there any books you could recommend me to read?

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      6 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Oh! My Brother, this is an amazing tribute to one of the Apostles of Love. For me, Rumi is another Paul, more mystic and poetic. I believe that at some point in his life he became pure Love like all God-men. As he used to say, Love is a region that you choose to live and includes everything, and finally, you become Love!

      Thank you for this magnificent Hub! I hope many to read!

      “Both Light and shadow, are the dance of Love."

      Gratitude!

      Sean

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 weeks ago from Washington DC

      Love is human's quest that appears to escape us because we have reduced it to an emotion. In our emotional states of mind we can't see is change, separating, aloneness and all other things our emotions blinds us to but it is there working to eliminate the emotions out of us so the purity of it is seen even in the things we reject. All of that I saw in his first line, everything else was a feeble attempt to itemize different aspects of that first line's all inclusiveness of love. When individuals see and feel the all inclusiveness of love there is no needs for words is what the last two lines convey.

      Thanks for sharing it, Matatita.

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      manatita44 

      6 weeks ago from london

      Thank you, Bill.

      Appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Peace and love...the eternal quest....a journey I gladly take. Thank you for introducing me to this mystic/teacher. Beautiful words!

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