Monday, January 14, 2013
I have begun the "course" by Andrew Harvey called "A Year of Rumi." I am extremely excited by this offering and am looking forward with anticipation to future poems. What I discovered that is of special interest is that although this is called a "course", the cost is based on a sliding scale, beginning with payments as low as one dollar and then going up to whatever you can afford to pay. It is, I think, one of the great bargains of our time. Andrew is, clearly, focused more on getting the words and wisdom of Rumi out into the world, rather than making a large profit from this venture.
I gave a rather lengthy link to sign up for this course on my earlier post. But here is a simpler way to get to it through google.
First google www.dailyom.com This will bring up an entry for that site, and will include a reference to their courses. Bring these up and one will be for "A Year of Rumi."
Here is the poem for today:
Lesson 2: Your Grace
There doesn't exist a being Your grace cannot transfigure,
And the Lover You choose lives in joy forever.
What atom could Your Grace even for a moment come near
Without making it more magnificent than a thousand suns?
- Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)
Rumi is a precious jewel that all of us can adore. Thank you, Andrew, for your magnificent offering.
Here is what Deepak Chopra said of Rumi:
Intro by another:
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi or Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi (30 September 1207 - 17 December 1273) was a 13th-century Persian philosopher, theologian, poet, teacher, and Sufi mystic. Also known as Mevlana (Our Guide), Jalaluddin Rumi, but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi.
"Rumi was dancing the dance of life. He knew it, and so did his listeners, which is why the line between poet, saint, and lover became quite blurry in his case. No poet is more intimate than Rumi, no lover more crazed, no saint more innocent. An air of the supernatural gathered around him because he never lost this wild, extreme state of ecstasy. Somehow the deepest lovers don't have to fear time. Their intoxication is permanent, even though the divine beloved is invisible, remote, and never touched physically."
(quote found on http://seabreezephototos.com Picture from internet source.)