Turkish People - Rumi / Mevlana..
Celâleddin Mehmed Rumi was born in Afghanistan (which
was the Persian city of Balkh) in 1207. Loosely translated,
Jalal means "majesty", Din means "religion",
and Rumi means "the Roman", which means "Majesty
of Religion". The Anatolian region in Turkey that Rumi
died in was then part of the Byzantine Empire.
Mevlana is a celebrated poet and Sufi mystic that has gained
an acceptance worldwide, with his liberal beliefs on religion
and his beautiful poetry. The Persian poet's work transcends
religion and the borders of countries.
"Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone,
ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with
the mystery, unique and not to be judged." Rumi Quote
from a family of Islamic jurists, mystics, and theologians of
the Persian empire. Bahauddin Walad was Rumi's father and author
of Ma'arif or Love Notes of Self to Soul, a book that Rumi admired.
from Genghis Khan and his armies, Rumi and his family moved
around, until eventually settling in present day Konya, Turkey.
Rumi's father headed the dervish learning center until he died
when Rumi was just in his twenties, prompting the young poet
to take up his father's position.
Rumi was considered a Mystic and wrote of things in spirit,
he was also of the world. He was married a second time after
his first wife died and raised 4 children. Rumi also played
an active role in the everyday matters of his community.
"Hangovers come with love, yet love's the cure for hangovers."
His meetings with the mystic dervish Shams of Tabriz were Mevlana's
greatest source of inspiration. The pair developed a very close
relationship, delving deep into matters of the spirit. Shams
was sent to Damascus and was allegedly killed by students of
Rumi who were jealous of their close relationship. Mevlana was
grief stricken by the event and circled a pole, reciting poetry,
which became the origin of the present day whirling dervishes.
The whirling went on to represent a reaching out to and surrendering
many poems, using common everyday objects and circumstances
to describe the spiritual world. His poems would, and still
do reach those that read them on different levels, with common
folk relating to the beauty of his words, while those that work
harder with their spiritual practices can read of deeper meanings
passed away on the 17th of December in 1273 and was buried beside
his father in the Anatolian region, Konya, Turkey. A tomb was
built for the great Sufi poet and it remains a sacred site that
is visited by visitors from every part of the world, from all
walks of life.
"I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?"
The epitath of the "Green Tomb" or "Yesil Türbe"
says "When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth,
but find it in the hearts of men."
Mausoleum in Konya contains a mosque, dervish living quarters,
dance hall, and resting place of several other important leaders
of the Mevlevi Order.
Turkish People :: Rumi Mevlana Biography