Rumi and Visions
By Judy De Prete
Some may find it surprising that “the most popular poet in America” is, in fact, one of the greatest mystics of Islam. Born in 1207 in Balkh, Afghanistan, Rumi is read and loved by seekers of all persuasions and creeds. He has left behind as the record of his extraordinarily intense life, a huge volume of passionate, honest and beautiful imagery contained within his mystical poetry.
His work moves beyond constrictions of religion or dogma and transcends national, cultural and religious boundaries. Rumi combines the intellect of a Plato, the vision and enlightened awareness of a master teacher such as a Christ or a Buddha, and the immense literary gifts of a Shakespeare.
Within the past twenty years, through translations of his works, Rumi has rapidly become recognized as one of the most poignant and vibrant mystical poets with unmistakable authority of inner Divine experience.
Rumi’s work is particularly poignant at this time because of its testimony to the divine origin and purpose of life, and wise embrace of all paths and approaches to God. His work represents a mystical renaissance initiating readers into the sacredness of human life and Holiness of nature. Rumi’s humble embrace of “Ser-venthood” never claimed total enlightenment. He had a complete sense of balance and humility before the always-changing and always-deepening experience of the Divine without inflating human claims to divinity.
This clarity led Rumi to understand the dangers and temptations that threaten authentic and true transformation. He knew that life requires truthful embrace of fearful ordeals, and suffering as part of the journey toward the glory of God. His work provides guidance and encouragement in helping to develop insight and trust and enabling an opening for tremendous spiritual growth. Rumi’s work encompasses a symphony of mystical instruction which follows the journey of the soul from Awakening, to the Secrets of Love, to exploration of the Ordeal, and finally, to Union. This symphony is described as a path where the Journey to God becomes the Journey in God.
Rumi’s poetry is passionate and ecstatic in its celebration of the Presence of Love and divine beauty; and, at the same time, rigorous and sober about sustaining, deepening and integrating this awareness into daily life. It comes as no surprise that translations of thousands of Rumi’s odes and other works have been the constant companions of the deeply passionate, and authentically transparent author, teacher, and mystical scholar, Andrew Harvey.
Andrew Harvey has devoted his live to the study and pursuit of the divine. He is world-renowned and the author of more than thirty books. Andrew has taken the whole range of Rumi’s work and interwoven prose, poetry and story in a way that makes them accessible to the modern reader. His book, “Teachings of Rumi,” is a testimony to the glory and power of Love living on earth in a body. This extraordinary collection of Rumi’s work expresses the mysteries of divine identity and invites his readers to enter into compassion to help transform and preserve the planet.
Rumi and Visions of Humanity: A Feast of Divine Passion will be presented
October 28, from 7 pm to 9 pm in the new Sanctuary of Common Ground, located at
624 E. First Street in Tustin. Reservations required. Regular seating: $30.
Limited preferred seating: $40. Persian pastries and tea served at intermission.
Call (714) 832-2845 for further information. Also please visit
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