25 thoughts on “Rumi read by Coleman Barks

  1. I agree with both of you, in that there is a boundary set by any form of faith which is empty of thoughts which push past the boundaries set by the structure of those faiths and beliefs; Rumi was a thinker who achieved the power of his thoughts through reflecting upon his universal faith in God, creation and being. I think this is why he was enlightened; many a generation fallow customs and beliefs without grasping the freedom to push past the boundaries set by those beliefs and customs….

  2. @SirianKings

    He would not be, if he saw “Reel bad Arabs” on youtube.

    But then, if he were not a “traditional” Muslim, “traditional” Muslims won’t call him Maulana Rumi. They did not do inquisition for him either.

  3. @SirianKings

    he was a Sufi Muslim wehther you like it or not . from Afghanistan

  4. I am the servant of the Qur’an as long as I have life.
    I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen one.
    If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings,
    I am quit of him and outraged by these words.

    Farsi Original
    man banda-yé qur’ân-am, agar jân dâr-am
    man khâk-é rah-é muHammad-e mukhtâr-am
    gar naql kon-ad joz în, kas az goftâr-am
    bêzâr-am az-ô, w-az-în sokhan bêzâr-am]

  5. from Rumi’s poem, “Only Breath”.

    “Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, …”

  6. lol its true we read his books every week he is from afghanistan 🙂 and a proud muslim believe in what you want to

    he was Sufi

  7. Rumi was a muslim

    Look at his grave and he said he is a slave of the Holy Quran as long as he lives.

  8. My heart is melting.
    Thank you so much for allowing me to find this here!

  9. Thanks for the tweak.

    Though, the reason I put it boldly is because I wanted the religious folks to think.

  10. There is a Long Long Long way from someone who follows a religion to someone who is enlightened. Rumi was enlightened. Do you mind if I have some fun and tweek your comment to say “Rumi was too enlightened to be a traditional Muslim”? 😉
    (I hope I’m not changing your meaning! Its just that your sentiment inspired me 🙂

  11. Ah “perennial philosophy”! I hadn’t heard that term. Yes, Aldos Huxley was a Vedantist…very much following that belief that all great religions hold a path to “God”.

  12. Yes, it is unfortunate that we don’t have the time to take all the paths! There are such beauties in each!
    At my temple, we have a Memorial Day retreat each year where we invite someone from a different faith to tell us about their path. It really helps to foster respect and understanding.

  13. you should look into perennial philosophy, that sounds right up your alley. i used to have very similar beliefs and i was really into the idea. check it out on wikipedia

  14. that’s true, but what a lot of people seem to miss is that Rumi’s love for God isn’t coming from just sitting there and contemplating, it comes from having rigorous Islamic knowledge as a base. in fact, all major Sufis were also scholars – like Al-Ghazali and As-Shadhili. so there IS a significant component that non-Muslims miss out on, simply because their philosophy is quite obviously different

  15. So, when Rumi talks about pure nuggets of truth, all true seekers can understand them at some level…and it doesn’t matter if we’re coming at it from a Islamic/Sufi perspective or a Hindu or a Jewish or …

    Thanks for the pointers on taking the Sufi path! I would love to try them all but that will have to wait for another lifetime for that fun! 😉 I’m deep into my own path for now.

  16. Yes, I love the Helminskis work as well.

    I believe that truth is truth and we’ll all end up at the center of this spoked wheel in our own time.
    All great religions of the world have a solid “spoke” to get us there.

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