1. Young-Mason, Jeanine EdD, RN, CS, FAAN

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"To the English reader the mysticism of Rumi (1207-1273) opens a new world of spiritual and poetical experience. 'God is One, but religions are many' runs the Sufi teaching; and the English reader can here enlarge his experience by apprehending the mystic intuition of a great Persian poet."1


Coleman Barks, the translator whose work sparked an American Rumi renaissance, spoke on the reasons Rumi endures: "His startling imaginative freshness. The deep longing that we feel coming through. His sense of humour. There's always a playfulness mixed in with the wisdom."2


Here Rumi speaks to all who grieve.


Don't run away from grief, o soul,


Look for the remedy inside the pain,


because the rose came from the thorn


And the ruby came from a stone.




I said: What about my eyes?


God said: Keep them on the road.


I said: What about my passion?


God said: Keep it burning.


I said: What about my heart?


He said: Tell me what you hold inside it.


I said: Pain and sorrow?


He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the light enters you.




Recommended reading about the life of Jalalu'I-Din Rumi, the reader is referred to Anne Marie Schimmel's The Life and Works of the Greatest Sufi Poet. Shambhala Dragon Editions, 2001.




1. Rumi Mystic and Poet (1207-1273). London: George Allen and Unwin. Translated from the Persian by Reynolds A. Nicholson. Publisher's summation on frontis piece. [Context Link]


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