Thursday, September 26, 2013
I'm honored to be hosting one of my favorite speakers Andrew Harvey tomorrow on a free call event dedicated to the majestic life and teachings of Rumi, who holds vital mystical insights for our time.
Register here for: Rumi's Renaissance: How His Wisdom Can Liberate Your Soul and Our World
Andrew's depth of scholarship (40+ books on world mystical traditions, including several on Rumi) combines with a love-saturated understanding of the mystical initiations that Rumi underwent to birth his ecstatic poetry.
If you've ever had one of Rumi's poems stop you in your tracks with its raw, naked beauty and penetrating truth and then wondered about the life and deeper messages of this celebrated man, this is the call event for you.
And if you haven't, then you simply MUST know about this mystic and Andrew is an extraordinary guide.
Simply put, there's no more important spiritual poet for our day than Rumi and no other living mystic-scholar who can bring alive his messages for your soul in such a riveting, heart-expanding way.
As we traverse a time of profound Shift and considerable challenge in our world, Rumi's words offer a roadmap for initiating ourselves through the Dark Night and into a truly sacred view of our lives.
The event is sure to be elixir for your soul.
For me, taking a full semester course with Andrew on Rumi was one of the greatest gifts of my graduate studies, activating in me a new level of understanding the heart path and the way of passion that Rumi and other Sufi poets have blazed for us.
I'm thus particularly delighted to share that same experience of Rumi, seen through Andrew's eyes, with you for free.
Come and dance in the ecstatic fire of divine love with us here: Rumi's Renaissance
And even if you can't make it live, do sign up for the recording, which is guaranteed to be truly inspired.
p.s. Here's another Rumi poem that I love (and if you love it as well, do join us tomorrow):
One Whisper of the Beloved
Lovers share a sacred decree -
to seek the Beloved.
They roll head over heels,
rushing toward the Beautiful One
like a torrent of water.
In truth, everyone is a shadow of the Beloved -
Our seeking is His seeking,
Our words are His words.
At times we flow toward the Beloved
like a dancing stream.
At times we are still water
held in His pitcher.
At times we boil in a pot
turning to vapor -
that is the job of the Beloved.
He breathes into my ear
until my soul
takes on His fragrance.
He is the soul of my soul -
How can I escape?
But why would any soul in this world
want to escape from the Beloved?
He will melt your pride
making you thin as a strand of hair,
Yet do not trade, even for both worlds,
One strand of His hair.
We search for Him here and there
while looking right at Him.
Sitting by His side we ask,
"O Beloved, where is the Beloved?"
Enough with such questions! -
Let silence take you to the core of life.
All your talk is worthless
When compared to one whisper
of the Beloved.
Ode 442 translated by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi
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