Rumi - Mystic Poet With a Timeless Message of Love

Our songs are, to a great extent, inspired by (and in some cases, directly derived from) the timeless wisdom of the Persian poet Rumi.  His verses speak to the human experience from a universal perspective, transcending all religions and cultural boundaries. They are as relevant today as when he wrote them 800 years ago, as evidenced by Rumi's phenomenal worldwide popularity (Publishers Weekly described him as the "best selling poet in the US").

Using vivid images and a simple, direct language that speaks to the heart, his poetry evokes a sense of compassion for others, wonder at the beauty of Creation, reverence for all life, and an abiding faith in the will of God.  Like zen koans, his poems are often terse and paradoxical - sometimes even shocking - challenging us to break out of the box of limiting beliefs and see things from a new perspective.  Above all, Rumi continually calls to us to wake up and explore the mysteries within our own selves.

Rumi also believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a means for mystical attunement with the divine.  (See our Lyrics page for excerpts from our lyrical adaptations of Rumi's poems)

Favorite Rumi Quotes

Rumi's Life and Teachings


Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, Mevlana or Mawlānā, Mevlevi or Mawlawī, and more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.  Rumi's works, written mostly in Persian, have been translated into many of the world's languages, and and Rumi is one of the most widely read poets in the United States...

One translator, Shahram Shiva, asserts that "Rumi is able to verbalize the highly personal and often confusing world of personal growth and development in a very clear and direct fashion. He does not offend anyone, and he includes everyone.... Today Rumi's poems can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen monasteries, as well as in the downtown New York art/performance/music scene."

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