The great mystic and poet Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi was born in Belh, Afghanistan in 1207 A.D when his father Bahaeddin Veled was known as Sultan-ul Ulema who was a cultured scholar. His knowledge and discourses played a significant role in shaping and educating Mevlana, who advanced so rapidly that when his father died in 1230, he had already become a scholar and a teacher at the tender age of 23.
The UNESCO marked year 2007 as the "Mevlana Year" to celebrate 800th anniversary of the birth of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Belhi-Rumi because he advocated tolerance, reason and access to knowledge through love. His mystical relationship with Islam produced masterpieces that have marked Islamic culture and religious beliefs beyond the borders of Turkey. His work and thought remain universally relevant today in our world. Here is a master piece by Mevlana, Peace, one and all…
‘A servant is dismissed for bad behavior:
if You behave oppressively, what’s different?
The harm you do in anger and in strife
is sweeter than an ecstasy of harp strings.
Your cruelty is better than a victory,
Your scolding’s more desired than life itself.
This is your fire – what does your light look like?
This is the funeral – what’s your wedding like?
As for the sweetness which violence holds,
and for Your subtlety, none plumb Your depths.
I weep and then I fear He will believe me,
and then from kindness moderate His violence.
I love so much His violence and His grace -
how wonderful, I love these two extremes!
If I forsake this thorn-bush for the garden,
I’ll sing for sadness like the nightingale.
How wonderful, this nightingale, who lifts
his beak to eat the thorns among the rose beds.
What kind of nightingale is this? A dragon!
In love all bitter things are sweet to him.
He’s lover of the whole; He is the whole.
He’s lover of Himself; He seeks His love’