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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"One Night a Man was Crying, 'Allah, Allah' . . ."



The 13th century Persian poet known as Rumi (1207-1273) was an Islamic jurist, theologian and mystic. He remains widely read throughout the Middle East and for several years now his translated works have had huge popularity in America. Following his death, his followers and his son Sultan Walad founded the Mawlawīyah Sufi Order, also known as the Order of the Whirling Dervishes.

Here, Coleman Barks ~ one of Rumi’s foremost translators and interpreters ~ performs Rumi’s poem “Love Dogs” to musical accompaniment at a Mythic Journeys conference.

Listen, enjoy.

7 comments:

TechnoBabe said...

Very beautiful. I sent it to my husband and he felt the same way. I will be watching the changes on this blog and wishing you a peaceful and eventful transformation both on your blog and in you.

Gregory LeFever said...

I appreciate your good thoughts, TechnoBabe. I plan on putting more Rumi clips on the site and hope you continue to enjoy them and send them on to your talented man. Thank you for stopping by and being so kind.

human being said...

hi!
i'm a crow from Rumi's land... what a pity i cannot see the video... it should be on Youtube... it is filtered here in Iran...
i come from Christopher's blog... he wrote about you...

and now i see i cannot leave here before becoming a follower... it's like when you are in a bookstore and you open a book by chance and read some lines and then you feel if you leave there without the book, there will be something missing in you life!
:)
i skimmed through some of your recent posts and found them really intersting... subjects that i have always been eager to know more about... from new perspectives...

peace and love to you

Abstraction Adam said...

For my birthday, I got a Hafiz collection called, "I Heard God Laughting".

Gregory LeFever said...

What a wonderful way to start the day with these two comments ~ one from 'human being' and the other from Adam.

Human, it's an honor to welcome you. I'm very pleased that you found items here to savor. The situation in Tehran must be tense and I pray that you are safe. Peace and love to you as well.

And Adam, I'm so relieved! I was just speaking of you on Thursday to a friend, expressing my concern because your last post in March was a fine poem, but quite grim in its pain. I've been hoping you are okay for nearly five months ... and here you are!

So today I receive comments from two fine poets: a brave and talented woman in Iran, and a brave and talented man in Canada.

Thank you Rumi, and thank you God.

human being said...

thanks a lot dear friend for your sweet words...
certainly positive vibes from friends like you help us through this situation...
they really make a difference!

love and peace to you

Gregory LeFever said...

Welcome back, Human! Never forget that there are many millions of us around the world who pray for the safety of our Iranian friends. Your country has a remarkable history and a great spiritual heritage honored by people of all faiths and nationalities.

Many of our politicians and many of yours feel they must hurl hateful comments back and forth like missiles. Don't listen to them. They are fools.

Our hearts ~ like yours, Human ~ prefer peace and love. Always remember that.