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Here is a virtual movie of a reading of the 13 century Persian philosophical poem “This being human is a guest house”.The poem is read exquisitely by Canadian actor Dennis O’connor who kindly sent me this recording. I have employed the visual services of an unknown Bearded thoughtful looking Victorian gentleman as my visual reader of this ancient poem.

Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (مولانا جلال الدین محمد بلخى), also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī (جلال‌الدین محمد رومی), but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi,[1] (30 September 1207 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian[2][3] poet, Islamic jurist, theologian, and mystic.[4] Rūmī is a descriptive name meaning “the Roman” since he lived most of his life in an area called Rūm because it was once ruled by the Byzantine Empire.[5]

According to tradition, Rumi was born in Balkh, Khorasan (now in Afghanistan), the hometown of his father’s family. Scholars, however, argue that he was most likely born in Wakhsh,[6] a small town located at the river Wakhsh in what is now Tajikistan. Wakhsh belonged to the larger province of Balkh, and in the year Rumi was born, his father was an appointed scholar there.[6] Both these cities were at the time included in the Greater Persian cultural sphere of Khorasan, the easternmost province of historical Persia,[7] and were part of the Khwarezmian Empire.

His birthplace[8] and native language[9] both indicate a Persian heritage. Due to quarrels between different dynasties in Khorasan, opposition to the Khwarizmid Shahs who were considered devious by Bahā ud-Dīn Walad (Rumi’s father)[10] or fear of the impending Mongol cataclysm,[11] his father decided to migrate westwards. Rumi’s family traveled west, first performing the Hajj and eventually settling in the Anatolian city Konya (capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, now located in Turkey). This was where he lived most of his life, and here he composed one of the crowning glories of Persian literature which profoundly affected the culture of the area.[12]

He lived most of his life under the Sultanate of Rum, where he produced his works[13] and died in 1273 CE. He was buried in Konya and his shrine became a place of pilgrimage.[14] Following his death, his followers and his son Sultan Walad founded the Mawlawīyah Sufi Order, also known as the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for its Sufi dance known as the samāʿ ceremony. Rumi’s works are written in the New Persian language. A Persian literary renaissance (in the 8th/9th century) started in regions of Sistan, Khorāsān and Transoxiana[15]and by the 10th/11th century, it reinforced the Persian language as the preferred literary and cultural language in the Persian Islamic world. Although Rumi’s works were written in Persian, Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His original works are widely read in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular in other countries.

His poetry has influenced Persian literature as well as the literature of the Urdu, Bengali, Arabic and Turkish languages. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats; He has been described as the “most popular poet in America” in 2007 Kind Regards Jim Clark All rights are reserved on this video recording copyright Jim Clark 2009

The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
A teaching story translated by Coleman Barks © by owner.

Dr. Miller reads Jalāl ad-Dīn Rumi – The Guest House

This is a sneak peak at Dr. Miller’s Broad Street Bistro Show: A Celebration of Life – The Power of Music and Love


Deepak Chopra & Madonna – My Burning Heart – Bittersweet from the ”Love Poems of Rûmi”
My Burning Heart
My heart is burning with love
All can see this flame
My heart is pulsing with passion
like waves on an ocean
my friends have become strangers
and I’m surrounded by enemies
But I’m free as the wind
no longer hurt by those who reproach me

I’m at home wherever I am
And in the room of lovers
I can see with closed eyes
the beauty that dances
Behind the veils
intoxicated with love
I too dance the rhythm
of this moving world

I have lost my senses
in my world of lovers

Bittersweet
written by Rumi, edited by Deepak Chopra, reading by Madonna
———-

In my hallucination
I saw my beloved’s flower garden
In my vertigo, in my dizziness
In my drunken haze
Whirling and dancing like a spinning wheel

I saw myself as the source of existence
I was there in the beginning
And I was the spirit of love
Now I am sober
There is only the hangover
And the memory of love
And only the sorrow

I yearn for happiness
I ask for help
I want mercy
And my love says:

Look at me and hear me
Because I am here
Just for that

I am your moon and your moonlight too
I am your flower garden and your water too
I have come all this way, eager for you
Without shoes or shawl

I want you to laugh
To kill all your worries
To love you
To nourish you

Oh sweet bitterness
I will soothe you and heal you
I will bring you roses
I, too, have been covered with thorns

Intoxicated by Love
Because of your love
I have lost my sobriety
I am intoxicated
By the madness of love

In this fog
I have become a stranger to myself
I’m so drunk
I’ve lost the way to my house

In the garden
I see only your face
From trees and blossoms
I inhale only your fragrance

Drunk with the ecstasy of love
I can no longer tell the difference
Between drunkard and drink
Between Lover and Beloved

A poem by the 13th- century Persian Sufi mystic, Rumi.
Music: Sarah Brightman
Music
“La Califfa” by Sarah Brightman (iTunes)
Artist
Sarah Brightman

Rumi: You Will Not Know Me

A poem by the 13th- century Persian Sufi mystic, Rumi.
Music: Armand Amar Featuring Salar Aghili.

Rumi – Didn’t I tell you (music: Valdiv)

I can walk and run and pause and again run for hours with this music …. and get lost in my dreams, in your beauty, in the magnificence of your beauty …… I can close my eyes and imagine all of these too.

The Rumi poem Didn’t I Tell You, is translated by Shahram Shiva.

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Tami Simon speaks with Coleman Barks, a leading scholar and translator of the 13th century Persian mystic, Jelaluddin Rumi. Coleman’s work was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers’ Language of Life series with PBS. He has published numerous Rumi translations, including with Sounds True the audio programs I Want Burning, Rumi: Voice of Longing, and his new three-CD collaboration with cellist David Darling called Just Being Here: Rumi and Human Friendship.

In this episode, Tami speaks with Coleman about the extraordinary friendship between Rumi and his teacher Shams Tabriz, and how translating Rumi requires entering a trance state. Coleman offers insights on grace as he and Tami listen to selections from Just Being Here. (63 minutes)
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The first collection of poems translated into English from the forbidden volume of the Divan of Rumi

• Presents Rumi’s most heretical and free-form poems

• Includes introductions and commentary that provide both 13th-century context and modern interpretation

After his overwhelming and life-altering encounters with Shams of Tabriz, Rumi, the great thirteenth-century mystic, poet, and originator of the whirling dervishes, let go of many of the precepts of formal religion, insisting that only a complete personal dissolving into the larger energies of God could provide the satisfaction that the heart so desperately seeks. He began to speak spontaneously in the language of poetry, and his followers compiled his 44,000 verses into 23 volumes, collectively called the Divan.

When Nevit Ergin decided to translate the Divan of Rumi into English, he enlisted the help of the Turkish government, which was happy to participate. The first 22 volumes were published without difficulty, but the government withdrew its support and refused to participate in the publication of the final volume due to its openly heretical nature. Now, in The Forbidden Rumi, Will Johnson and Nevit Ergin present for the first time in English Rumi’s poems from this forbidden volume. The collection is grouped into three sections: songs to Shams and God, songs of heresy, and songs of advice and admonition. In them Rumi explains that in order to transform our consciousness, we must let go of ingrained habits and embrace new ones. In short, we must become heretics.

Nevit Ergin, a Turkish-born surgeon, is the original translator of the entirety of Rumi’s 44,829 verses into English. He has been a student of Sufism and the poetry of Rumi since 1955 and published his first Rumi translation in 1992. With the publication of The Forbidden Rumi, his translation of Rumi’s work is complete. He lives in California.

Will Johnson is the founder and director of the Institute for Embodiment Training, which combines Western somatic psychotherapy with Eastern meditation practices. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Rumi: Gazing at the Beloved. He lives in British Columbia.

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Rumi – No expectations

From the great CHANNEL AENEB1 with following description:
Be foolishly in love, because love is all there is. ~ Rumi ;

From Rumi- Bridge to the Soul by Coleman Barks,with A. J. Arberry and Nevit Ergin
~ music: Nothing Else Matters, Metallica, performed by D Strings Trio

Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi was a 13th century muslim sufi saint. After so many centuries his message of Love is being rediscovered and spread by people around the world. Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi or as commonly known as Rumi has written a few books among them is his famous Masnavi in Persian language.

His main theme in his books are Love, Divine love, love for humanity and Nature. In his love of Divine he has written many poems and couplets. This Divine Love was instilled in his heart by his spiritual teacher Shams e Tabrizi who took Rumi as his only student throughout his life.

To this day Rumi’s spiritual tradition continues known as Mevlavi Spiritual Order of Sufism, they are also known as whirling dervishes. Rumi’s message is of Love which people need the most in these days. There is great wisdom in his poetry and his message of Love is for all.

Track Listings:
1. Valentine To Rumi (Musical Prelude) – Deepak & Friends
2. 2-Love Drunk: My Burning Heart – Deepak Chopra
3. 2-Love Drunk: Bittersweet – Madonna
4. 2-Love Drunk: Intoxicated By Love – Deepak Chopra
5. 5-Desire: The Lover’s Passion – Deepak Chopra D
6. 5-Desire: Do You Love Me – Demi Moore
7. 5-Desire: Come To Me – Deepak Chopra
8. 5-Desire: Desire – Deepak Chopra
9. 9-A Lover’s Madness: The Alchemy Of Love – Deepak Chopra
10. 9-A Lover’s Madness: Caught In The Fire Of Love – Martin Sheen
11. 9-A Lover’s Madness: The Awakening – Deepak Chopra
12. 12-Divine Love: I Am Yours – Robert John Burke
13. 12-Divine Love: Behind The Scenes – Blythe Danner
14. 12-Divine Love: Looking For Your Face – Jared Harris
15. 15-The Light Of Love: The Meaning Of Love – Goldie Hawn
16. 15-The Light Of Love: Aroused Passion – Deepak Chopra
17. 17-The Lover’s Passion: Dying To Love – Robert A.F. Thurman
18. T17-The Lover’s Passion: The Privileged Lovers – Deepak Chopra
19. 17-The Lover’s Passion: Precious Love – Deepak Chopra
20. Surrender To Love-20: Surrender – Deepak Chopra
21. Surrender To Love-20: Defeated By Love – Sussan Deyhim
22. Surrender To Love-20: Lost In The Wilderness – Deepak Chopra
23. Lover From Another World-23: The Mythical Lover – Gautama Chopra
24. Lover From Another World-23: I Am And I Am Not – Deepak Chopra
25. Lover From Another World-23: The Agony Of Lovers – Laura Day
26. Supreme Lover-26: The Agony And Ecstasy Of Divine Discontent – Sonja Sohn
27. In My Heart-27: The Mirror – Debra Winger
28. In My Heart-27: Look At Your Eyes – Noah Hutton/Debra Winger
29. In My Heart-27: Looking For Love – Rosa Parks
30. In My Heart-27: Some Kiss – Coleman Barks
31. In My Heart-27: The Freshness – Coleman Barks
32. In My Heart-27: My Beloved – Chris Barron
33. In My Heart-27: The Hunt – Deepak Chopra
34. Reprise: Desire (Instrumental) – Deepak & Friends
35. In My Heart-27: A Lover’s Madness (Instrumental) – Deepak & Friends
36. In My Heart-27: The Lover’s Passion (Instrumental) – Deepak & Friends

There are few experiences in life as satisfying as the poetry of Jalal ad-Din Rumi, which for many is the spiritual equivalent of enjoying a piece of rich delicious chocolate, listening to Bach, or perhaps sipping a glass of fine red wine.

There is a deeply sacred sensuality that runs through Rumi’s work, warming our hearts, arousing our spirits, and igniting our passion for awakening. One of history’s most cherished mystics, Rumi’s poetry truly knows no equal. The depth and beauty of Rumi’s ecstatic verses continue to reach to us through the centuries—timeless songs for the infinite Lover.

In this extraordinary performance, you will hear Rumi as you never have before—through the resonant, whiskey-and-syrup voice of Coleman Barks, a preeminent poet, scholar, and interpreter of Rumi’s work. Coleman’s recitation is gracefully accompanied by the music of David Darling, a Grammy-winning artist who recorded 2009’s Prayers of Compassion—connecting the earthy incense of Rumi’s words with the celestial strings of the cello, uniting Heaven and Earth in one of the most staggeringly beautiful productions of music and poetry that we’ve ever seen.

As the Buddha finds his enlightenment by sitting in immaculate Emptiness, Rumi finds his by dancing in radical Fullness. Here’s you opportunity to join him in that eternal ecstatic dance.


Poetry and music by Coleman Barks and Grammy-winning cellist David Darling.

Rumi’s poem

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,

to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.

First, to let go of live.

In the end, to take a step without feet;

to regard this world as invisible,

and to disregard what appears to be the self.

Heart, I said, what a gift it has been

to enter this circle of lovers,

to see beyond seeing itself,

to reach and feel within the breast.

The Alchemy of Love – Lyrics ( Recitation by Deepak Chopra )
You come to us from another world
From beyond the stars and void of space.
Transcendent, Pure, Of unimaginable beauty,
Bringing with you the essence of love.

You transform all who are touched by you.
Mundane concerns, troubles, and sorrows dissolve in your presence,
Bringing joy to ruler and ruled
To peasant and King.

You bewilder us with your grace.
All evils transform into goodness.
You are the master alchemist.
You light the fire of love in earth and sky in heart and soul of every being.

Through your loving existence and nonexistence merge.
All opposites unite.
All that is profane becomes sacred again


I am not a Christian or Jew or Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religionor 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 in 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, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.

A track from A Gift Of Love: Deepak & Friends present music from the Love Poems of Rumi, with Martin Sheen talking.

Caught In The Fire Of Love

My heart is on fire
In my madness I roam the desert
The flames of my passion
devour the wind and the sky
My cries of longing
My wails of sorrow
Are tormenting my soul
You wait patiently
Looking into my intoxicated eyes
You accept my passion
with the serenity of Love
You are the Master of Existence
One day I shall be a Lover like You

Come my sweetheart is a beautiful poem by Rumi, the music and the narration is done by Sina.


Come My sweetheart
By J.Rumi

Come my sweetheart
lets adore one another before there is no more of u & me
a mirror tells the truth
look at your grim face Brighten up & cast away
ur bitter smile
A generous Friend give life for a friend
lets rise above this animalistic behaviour
and b kind to one another
Once u think of me dead & gone
u will make up with me… you will miss me
you may adore me
Why be a worshipper of the dead
think of me as gonner
Come , come & make up now
since u will come & throw kisses at my tombstone later
why not give them to me now
this is me the same person I may talk too much but my heart is silent what else can I do I am condemned to live this life.

Rumi: Say I Am You (Sufi poem)


Rumi’s poems elegantly and consistently touch our inner being and inspire us to go beyond our limitations towards the Divine.

The music: The credits do appear at the end of this video, but it is by the composer, Eleni Karaindrou, and is the theme music called “Eternity and a Day” from the movie, Aggelopoulos.

A note on the music: This entire video was constructed in silence-only the poem and the images were put together without my knowing what music would be the right one. The music is so important to the interpretation of these poems. Rather than reading them, the music is my voice. When I ‘laid’ this beautiful piece of music over the video it fit perfectly. Few edits were made to accomodate the images to fit the music. They seem to be made for each other.

Come on Sweetheart

RUMI – POET OF THE HEART

“RUMI: Poet of the Heart,” an award-winning 60 minute film produced and directed by Haydn Reiss, featuring Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, storyteller and mythologist Michael Meade, and religious historian Huston Smith. Narrated by Debra Winger. Performances by oud virtuoso Hamza El Din and musician Jai Uttal offer inspiring accompaniment to this beautifully produced film. A lively and provocative exploration of the genius and timeliness of Rumi’s emergence in the west.

In 2008 the surprising bestselling poet in America is a thirteenth-century Sufi poet and mystic named Jelaluddin Rumi. For over seven hundred years, Rumi’s writings have enchanted, inspired, and enlightened Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists. Rumi’s poetry celebrates the sacred in everyday existence and transcends boundaries of time, place, and religion to speak to all people.

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