Life of Rumi

Celâladin Mehmet Rumi or Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi (September 30, 1207 - December 17, 1273) was born in Balkh, in ancient Persia and present day Afghanistan. Like his many avatars of a jurist, a theologian, a Sufi mystic, a Persian poet he was given various monikers that highlighted his diverse attributes. He was reverentially referred to as the Mawlvi Mawlana (our Guide or our Lord in Arabic and Persian) or Mevlana (our Guide in Turkish). He lived, loved, spread love and met his beloved God, finally, in Konya in present day Turkey.

In his living years, he taught pupils, held philosophical discourses, evolved and participated in the ritualistic Sema (a mix of dance and poetry with spiritual overtones) and wrote mesmerizing verses.

Masnavi-ye Manavi (Spiritual Couplets) aka"Qur'an-e Farsi" (The Qur'an in Persian), Diwan-e Shams-e Tabriz-i (The Works of Shams of Tabriz - to commemorate his friend, philosopher and guide, the dervish Shams), Fihi Ma Fih, Majalis-I Sab-a bear the stamp of his brilliance. Majalis-i Sab-a contains seven sermons.