Dr Zahra Taheri, Bodleian Bahari Visiting Fellow in the Persian Arts of the Book, speaks about Rumi's life, mystical teaching, doctrine, and poetry, with live Persian santur music by Dr Peyman Heydarian
MAULANA JALAL AL-DIN MUHAMMAD, known as RUMI (1207- 1273) is the most prominent mystic poet in Persian literature. When he was a child, his family fled Mongol invaders and settled in Konya. He left behind a vast body of lyric poetry, metaphysical writings, and mystical didactic teachings, which have influenced Persian, Urdu, and Turkish literature across the centuries. Rumi is one of the most widely read poets in translation today. His teachings are universal in nature, because he believes that religion is a personal experience which cannot be limited to logical arguments.
“He believes in the original high position of human beings as the central figure in God’s creation and the most valuable part of it. People speak different languages and practice different faiths, but the Truth is One. He believes in absolute equality of all human beings and loves the whole of creation without discrimination with regard to beliefs, races, classes or nations. Acceptance of differences and respect for diversity is the core of Rumi’s world view. For him all religious and revelations are only the rays of a single eternal Sun, and all prophets have only delivered and proclaimed in different tongue .”