Keeping the Dream Alive! ~ with Helena ~ "In your light I learn how to love"  August 15, 2008 - August 22, 2008

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BEING A GREAT ADMIRER OF RUMI I COULD NOT RESIST OFFERING YOU THIS PHRASE FOR YOUR MUSES' PLEASURE!

"IN YOUR LIGHT I LEARN HOW TO LOVE"

REMINDER: PLEASE INCLUDE THIS PHRASE IN THE BODY OF YOUR POEM TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN AWARD.

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POEM BY JELALUDDIN RUMI

In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.
(Excerpts from The Essential Rumi, translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, 1995.

Notes:

"The Growing Phenomenon of Rumi

Rumi, the 13th century Persian mystic poet, has been called the greatest mystical poet of any age. During a period of 25 years, he composed over 70,000 verses of poetry -- poetry of divine love, mystic passion and ecstatic illumination. Scholars of his work today believe that Rumi is one of the greatest poets of all time, and that his work is comparable to that of Dante and Shakespeare.

Barely known in the West as recently as 15 years ago, Rumi is now one of the most widely read poets in America. His is an exciting new literary and philosophical force. One reason for Rumi's popularity is that "Rumi is able to verbalize the highly personal and often confusing world of personal/spiritual growth and mysticism in a very forward and direct fashion. He does not offend anyone, and he includes everyone. The world of Rumi is neither exclusively the world of a Sufi, nor the world of a Hindu, nor a Jew, nor a Christian; it is the highest state of a human being--a fully evolved human. A complete human is not bound by cultural limitations; he touches every one of us. Today Rumi's poems can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen monasteries, as well as in the downtown New York art/performance/music scene." Says Shahram Shiva.

"Rumi's work has been translated into many of the world's languages including Russian, German, French, Italian and Spanish, and is appearing in a growing number of genres including concerts, workshops, readings, dance performances and other artistic creations."

Excerpt from the below mentioned web site:
http://www.rumi.net/about_rumi_main.htm
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