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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.

If you’re not a member of dailyrumi, where on earth have you been? Go now!

Teaser:

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.




Resources:

Learn about Rumi on Wikipedia

Read The Essential Rumi – seriously, read it.

Rumi love & ecstacy poems

Comments

( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
mc_questionmark
Dec. 18th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
colon closing bracket
Woo woo!
ahavah
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Woo woo! colon closing bracket?
I don't get it.
mc_questionmark
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Woo woo! colon closing bracket?
I can't read the last word of the fourth line on your icon.

colon closing bracket = :)

You don't have to get it.
ahavah
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Woo woo! colon closing bracket?
I can't read the last word of the fourth line on your icon.

This icon? I was going to do this one over, but I got too sleepy. Maybe I should do it anyway. Fourth line = "To see you and bow"

colon closing bracket = :)

You don't have to get it.


Ah, thanks. I get it now. :)
tana_seonaid
Dec. 18th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you!
I'm taking "The Breeze at Dawn" for my other LJ, but will credit!

What a lovely thing: to wake up to Rumi like this!
ahavah
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Rumi is one of my gurus at the moment.

I should have credited MC? for the sunrise base!

PS: Am I on your other journal? I forget. If I'm not, may I be?
tana_seonaid
Dec. 19th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
No, you're not on my main journal. I keep a pretty strict line between them, because Leon and Lugh have their own journals and are identified by LJ handle and actual names in my primary LJ.

But since I'm starting to include a "Daily Life" filter on this LJ, I'll be sharing more of the contents of my primary journal with this set of friends.
ahavah
Dec. 19th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Understood. Whatever you're comfortable with!
james_the_evil1
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
I dunno, last time the window in my chest got opened it too 207 surgical staples and a few pins in my ribs to close it back up...
ahavah
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Well did you let the milk of loving flow into you? That's the secret.
james_the_evil1
Dec. 18th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
I let the plasma & whole blood they pumped in to me keep me from going in to shock, does that count?
ahavah
Dec. 18th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Hell yeah!
lessthan90sheep
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
I have a hard time reading the words one some of those icons, actually, with the font being both swirly and small. :(

Does number seven say "his donkey was drunk with barley"?
ahavah
Dec. 18th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
I have a hard time reading the words one some of those icons, actually, with the font being both swirly and small. :(

Yeah, I wasn't particularly pleased with #s 2 & 9, but it was the best I could do to fit them on there and get them done almost-in-time for Rumi's anniversary. lol I figure if someone were picking those, they're probably a Rumi fan and recognize the verse.

Does number seven say "his donkey was drunk with barley"?

Indeed it does.

Check out 'The Many Wines'. Don't think all ecstasies are the same!
kuroihime
Dec. 19th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
what is Rumi's philosophy? I've never heard of him before.
ahavah
Dec. 19th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
I'm only just beginning to learn about Sufism, but Rumi was a respected Sufi teacher. I'd just urge you to check out that wiki link I listed, as it gives a lot about his life and links to relevant sufism sites and the Mevlevi Order (the Whirling Dervishes, founded by Rumi's students).
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