Happy birthday, Rumi

Today is the birthday of Persian Sufi poet and mystic Jalal ad-Din Muhammed Rumi, most often simply called Rumi (September 30, 1207 to December 17, 1273). He was born in what is now Afghanistan; after his death his devotees founded the Mawlawīyah Sufi Order, known as the Whirling Dervishes for the ecstatic and meditative dancing that is part of their religious practice.

Here is a poem to celebrate Rumi’s birthday:

The Lovers
will drink wine night and day.
They will drink until they can
tear away the veils of intellect and
melt away the layers of shame and modesty.
When in Love,
body, mind, heart and soul don’t even exist.
Become this,
fall in Love,
and you will not be separated again.

(Translated from the Persian by Shahram Shiva)

What is the poem about and who is the Lover? You decide.


2 responses to “Happy birthday, Rumi

  1. This is great! Today is also my husband’s birthday. I had no idea he shared a birthday with Rumi. I will share this poem with him tonight.

  2. Very cool–and best birthday wishes for your husband. Another little synchronicity: about an hour after I posted this, the mail brought a quarterly magazine to which I subscribe. The theme for this issue is “mysticism,” and I opened it at random . . . to an essay by Rumi.

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