Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi (also known as Mevlana, which means “our guide”) was a 13th-century Persian scholar, Sufi mystic and poet. He spent most of his life in the area of Konya Turkey.
Rumi taught spiritual fulfillment through love, connection and tolerance and wrote volumes on the subject. He encouraged the use of poetry and music to break through the temporal veil to universal wisdom. Members of the Mevlevi Order are also known as Whirling Dervishes because of their spinning Sema ceremony. Click to read more about the Sema.
Rumi’s message is positive and open and has had wide appeal across religions and cultures for hundreds of years. His tomb in Konya remains a place of pilgrimage today. Continue reading