rumi revisited

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last i discussed this, i was in konya, visited rumi's tomb and watch some mevlevi's engage in semah.

now i'm reading "The Rumi collection" edited by Kabir Helminski.

I've read short love couplets and poetry by rumi and know of his life in passing.

to recap, rumi was born in afghanistan and moved around with his father, who was an alim/scholar. he was invited to konya by alauddin (seljuk ruler/governor) and his father set up a school there. His father died shortly, rumi became the respected teacher at a young age of 22 i believe, and he was highly intelligent and well received.

He meets the mystic of the age, Shams of Tabriz and from there Rumi began exploring mystical routes to loving God. He went away and studied for 9 years and returned and amassed a great following.

He had some huge tomes that were taught to his students, and when he died, as previously mentioned his son, sultan valad formed the mevlevi order after his death.

okay so i'm not gonna comment on Rumi yet, because before when i only read bits and pieces of him and commentary i didn't like everything he put out.

so far the collection has things i like and things i dont. Its focusing moreso on the spiritual and the improvement of one's self to fall into the unending and all-encompassing love of God.

But what used to tick me off about sufism/mysticism/asceticism is the explicit pronouncement by the media/people/in general.

according to my sister and cousin and i do agree, sufism was a movement without a name and loaded with meaning, and now it has taken on a name and lost all meaning. (i think william chitick said this in his book on sufism, tunon back me on this)

i'll end with the lines from rumi that sparked this entry.

Human beings have three spiritual states. In the first, a person pays no attention whatsoever to God and worships anything- sex, money, rank- but God. When he starts to learn something deeper, then he will serve no one and nothing but God. And when he progresses in this state he grows silent; he doesn't claim: "I don't serve God," nor does he boast: "I do serve God"; he has gone beyond these two positions. From such beings, no sound comes into the world.