Rumi - The Flowering Genius

Semseddin Tebriji was an enigmatic dervish who showed Rumi what he could do with himself. Or, rather what he had to do with himself. The meeting occurred in 1244. The two were inseparable after that until fate decided otherwise. Both, Semseddin and Rumi were enlightened personalities with mystic leanings. The first meeting is remembered as the ' meeting of two seas'. Semseddin sparked Rumi's love for the divine. After that, there was no looking back.

'Who is greater? Prophet Mohammed or the Mystic Beyazid-i Bestami?'- the maverick Semseddin had asked Rumi. Rumi had displayed his preference for the Prophet. He was then asked to explain their point of view. The Prophet had celebrated God while Beyazid had celebrated the self as being part of God. Rumi had replied that the Mystic Beyazid had a single meeting of God, which dazzled him so much that he had not progressed any further. The Prophet on the contrary met and discovered God every other moment. That is why he feted God. The reply had pleased Semseddin. In fact, he had fainted with joy for having found a mystic brother. They entwined their souls after this.

Rumi became an ardent admirer. Before meeting the dervish, Rumi had been a man of the world with a spiritual bent. Post Semseddin, he became a man of God who was not unaware of the ways of the world. Previously, he led a highly successful public life but after his friendship with Semseddin, he became an anchorite with single-minded concentration on God. Rumi's friends, relatives and pupils did not like this conversion.

They held the dervish responsible and disliked him. Semseddin had to leave Konya. He returned. However, in 1247, he disappeared mysteriously and was not heard of ever again. The mystic flame that he had ignited in Melvana burnt even brighter.

Rumi sought the reflection of Semseddin in Sheik Selahaddin ' Zarkubi, a goldsmith by profession and a disciple of his former mentor Burhaneddin Muhakkik Tirmizi. When Zarkubi died in 1258, he found Husameddin Chelebi. It was Chelebi, who gently goaded Rumi into writing his masterpiece, the celebrated Masnavi-ye Manavi (Spiritual Couplets). It comprises six volumes and is considered THE MAGNUM OPUS of Persian-Islamic mysticism. With Rumi's death on December 17, 1273, Chelebi took his place. When Chelebi, too, passed away in 1284, Sultan Veled (son of Rumi) stepped in. He helped a distinct sect called the Mesnevei to emerge.
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