Ahavah Ehyeh (ahavah) wrote,
Ahavah Ehyeh

Celebrating Rumi

X-posted to dailyrumi

Jelaluddin Rumi was born in 1207. He was a religious teacher and spiritual philosopher in Persia. In fall of 1244, he met his beloved friend Shams of Tabriz, who would open Rumi up to a whole new level of spirit and inspire much of the ecstatic poetry that has called to so many people throughout the centuries.

Shams was a Dervish and spiritual wanderer. Shams sought and prayed for someone who could “endure my company.” Legend says a voice responded, “What will you give in return?” to which Shams immediately responded, “My head!” The answer: "The one you seek is Jelaluddin of Konya."

Of Shams, Rumi said, “What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being.” Their spiritual friendship blossomed immediately, leading Rumi closer to the Divine. It’s said that Rumi’s sons became jealous of this bond, and his son Allaedin is thought to be responsible for Sham’s disappearance. On December 5, 1248, Rumi and Shams sat talking, and Shams was called to the back door. He was never seen again. Rumi spent many years seeking the Friend, until he came to the realization:

I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.

Rumi died on December 17, 1273. His students went on to found the Mevlevi Order, more commonly known as the Whirling Dervishes. His poetry continues to unite people with the Beloved to this day.

And now for your consideration, lots of rumilicious icons. As always, commenting and feedback is appreciated. Please credit, and feel free to pimp a lot. No hotlinking, please. If you’d like the color bar, just email me at Ahavah_Ehyeh@livejournal.com for the code, as it links back here to this icon post. I have this same color bar both with the dailyrumi pimpage and without, this small version and a larger one.

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Click me for sweet Rumi icons!

1. Rumi Don't Sleep 2. Rumi There was a dawn 3. Rumi Joy Inside

4. Rumi Love 5. Rumi Slave 6. Rumi Soul of my Soul

7. Rumi Drunk Donkey 8. Rumi Premonitions from God 9. Rumi Poems

10. Rumi True Intimacy 11. Rumi Unconscious & Insane 12. Rumi On Trolls

My thanks to mc_questionmark for use of his sunrise pictures.


Learn about Rumi on Wikipedia

Read The Essential Rumi – seriously, read it.

Rumi love & ecstacy poems

Tags: icons, poetry, rumi, spirit, writing
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