Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Rumi as also known as Mawlana Rumi was one the most popular spiritual personalities of his age. He was born at 7 October 1273 in Konya, Turkey. He had a deep soul for the universe, and a big heart for the people around him. Despite being a great Islamic scholar, he never stopped yearning for more knowledge and continued to learn throughout his life.
People used to come over great distances just to listen to him and seek his guidance. He was a very respected and reputable man in his area. He is the only Muslim poet and mystic who got such popularity even in the western world, and his tomb has become a tourist place for the people all over the world.
Shams taught Rumi in a mystical way
His journey started from being a rigid Islamic scholar to a humble Mystic and a great poet through the mentorship of a another great dervish Shams of Tabrez. Tabrezhad traveled a long way to see Rumi and to teach him spiritual secrets. He taught Rumi what he truly was, and what precious treasures lay within his soul. If Shams had not found Rumi, Rumi might never have discovered the marvelous poet hidden within him, but Shams taught Rumi in a mystical way, he smashed his reputation and all the other things which were a reflection of Rumi’s worldly desires, and then he showed Rumi all the mystical ways of joining and becoming on with the lover; that is, God himself.
Great pieces of writing that are still popular around the globe
The basic lesson of Mysticism is about learning ways to reach the one true God, to give oneself away to him, being humble and tarnish all the worldly desires. It requires a great amount of wisdom and an extraordinary mentor to show the path. For Rumi, Shams played the part of a strict mentor who showed him all the ways to God and when he felt like he had taught all the great lessons to Rumi, he simply vanished. The separation from such a great teacher and a mentor broke Rumi, and then he wrote such great pieces of writing that are still popular around the globe.
The words still echo through our ears and leave their deepest marks on our hearts
In the present world, all the great poems which Rumi penned and all of his writings are due to the teachings of Shams which he bestowed on Rumi. Across centuries and worlds, without the measurements of space and times, the words of Shams and Rumi still echo through our ears and leave their deepest marks on our hearts. This was the power of a great poet polished by an even greater teacher. Rumi is still alive like all other poets, through his poets and words, and will do so till the end of days, or perhaps even after that, his words will echo through space like a soft soothing song murmuring in the ears of the souls.
A symbol of love and humanity
Rumi is an unparalleled poet in the global literature. His words, soaked with the love of the One and the secrets of mystical truth, continue to touch the heart of millions. Undoubtedly, his poetry has become a symbol of love and humanity.