Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, theologian and Sufi mystic. His influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions and his poems have been widely translated into many languages. Not only in Asian countries but Rumi has also been described as the “most popular poet” and the “best selling poet” in the United States.
The Whirling Poet
Rumi, like his father and grandfather, was traditional Muslim preacher and scholar. The transformative moment in Rumi’s life came in 1244, when he met a wandering mystic known as Shams of Tabriz. They shared electric friendship for three years.
it’s never clear whether it was a relation of lover and beloved [or] disciple and sheikh. After three years Shams disappeared perhaps “murdered by a jealous son of Rumi, possibly teaching Rumi an important lesson in separation.” And to cope with that separation Rumi started writing poetry. He incorporated poetry, music and dance into religious practice and became a whirling poet who would whirl while he was meditating and while composing poetry, which he dictated.
The general theme of Rumi’s poetry is that of union with the Beloved, from whom he sees himself as being cut off and yearns for the reunion. He talks so beautifully about love, separation, desire of union and positivity. He says;