Genesis of Rumi's Vision

Bahaeddin Veled, the father of Melvana was a scholar of great repute. Known as Sultan-ul Ulema (the king of learned men) he left Balkh with his family when Rumi was a five year old. His iconoclastic views had soured the established academia, and besides, the Mongols had invaded Central Asia.

On their way to Anatolia, they met the celebrated mystic poet Attar in the city of Neishapore in the Iranian province of Khorasan. Rumi later acknowledged this encounter to be the genesis of his vision. After spending a handful of years, here and there, Bahaeddin Veled finally accepted the invitation of Selcuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat and settled in Konya in Central Anatolia in 1220.

Rumi was educated in Damascus and Aleppo. He became versatile in Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Greek and a scholar in the arts and sciences. He succeeded his father as the head of a madrassah in 1230. He had fathered a child with Gevher Hatun. He named his son Sultan Veled.

Burhaneddin Muhakkik Tirmizi, a friend and student of his father became Rumi's mentor for nine years, after Bahaeddin's death. It was another mind broadening relationship and it ended in 1242 with Tirmizi's demise. At this juncture, Melvana Rumi was in the prime of his life and abilities and ready for something new. It happened in the shape of Semseddin Tebriji (also known as Shams of Tebrij)
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