Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was born on September 30, 1207 to Persian speaking parents in what is present day Afghanistan. He is known also as Mevlana or Mawlānā (Our Master), Mevlevi or Mawlawī ( My Master). He was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.
Rumi wrote mostly in Persian and few using the the Cappadocian Greek vernacular have been preserved to this day. His poetry has influenced Persian literature as well as Turkish, Punjabi, Urdu, Pashto, Ottoman Turkish, Chagatai and Sindhi. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and presented into various formats. Coleman Barks is one of his works’ translators.
Mathnawi, a poetic collection remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language. For the past 7 centuries, people all over the world, regardless of their nationality, creed and spirituality have looked up to Rumi’s works because of their universal meaning and messages. The spirituality embedded in his literary pieces serve as guide over the passage of time.
Rumi died on 17 December 1273 but his legacy of spiritual meaning through his poems lives on.
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