Monthly Archives: May 2017

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Rumi, the mystic of the heart

Jalal ud-Din Rumi (1207-1273), the greatest of the Islamic mystics, an extraordinary poet of love. He was born in Afghanistan, passed through Iran and lived and died in Konia, Turkey. He was a learned professor of theology. Everything changed in his life when he met the fascinating monk Shams of Tabriz. As it is said in the Sufi tradition, it was “a meeting between two oceans”. This mysterious master initiated Rumi into the mystical experience of love. His thanks were so great that he dedicated a whole book of 3,239 verses, the Divan of Shams of Tabriz.

“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.”

The outpouring of love in Rumi is so overwhelming that it embraces everything: the universe, nature, people and above all God. It is basically the only movement of love, which knows no divisions, but links all things together in a final and radical unity so well expressed in the poem I am You: “You, who know Jalar ud-Din (name Of Rumi), You, the One in everything, I know who I am. Say: I am You. Or that other: “Of me only the name remains; All the rest is Him. ” That experience of loving union was so inspiring that it made Rumi produce a work of 40,000 verses. Famous are the Masnavi (reflexive-theological poems), the Rubal-yat (song of love to God) and the already mentioned Divan of Tabriz. This mystical experience is similar to that of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Xenia of Russia and also Rumi. As an expression of this divine madness he invented the sama, the ecstatic dance. It consists of dancing spinning about itself and around an axis that represents the sun. Every dervish-so called dancers-feels like a planet revolving around the sun that is God.

Hardly in the history of universal mysticism do we find poems of love with the immediacy, sensitivity and passion of the poems written by Rumi. In a poem of the Rubai’yat he sings: “You, the only sun, come! Without You the flowers wither, come! Without Thee the world is but dust and ashes. This banquet and this joy, without You are totally empty, come! One of the most beautiful poems, because of his love density, seems to me to be this one, taken from the Rubai’yat: “Your love came to my heart, and he left happily. Then he returned, put on the garments of love, but, once more, he left. I timidly begged him to stay with me for at least a few days. He sat next to me and forgot to leave » Mystique challenges analytic reason. It surpasses it, because it expresses the dimension of the spirit, that moment in which the human being discovers itself as part of an All, as an infinite project and abysmal, inexpressible mystery. Philosopher and mathematician Ludwig Wittgenstein noted in Proposition VI of his Tractatus logico-pilosophicus: “the inexpressible is shown, it is the mystic.” And it ends in proposition VII with this lapidary phrase: “On what we can not speak, we must be silent”. It is what the mystics do. They keep a noble silence, or sing, as did Rumi, but in such a way that the word leads us to reverent silence. (Texts of the biography of Leonardo Boff)

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On the 18th of May, at 7:00 p.m., at the Silken Al-Andalus Hotel in Seville, the “Rumi House of Spain” officially presents itself at the 3rd INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES and GLOBAL PEACE. “Civilization and Coexistence”.

Its President Hamza Castro, present to all attendees, this wonderful project. At the end of the presentation, Hamza Castro offers a recital of ney, instrument par excellence of Sufi music.

Civilization is a basic form of life that encompasses all the material and spiritual products of a society. Civilization, which includes art, literature, science and technology, and many other layers like knowledge, beliefs, values, thoughts, imagination is the basic formation that reflects the ways of life, beliefs and practices of societies. In other words, civilization, which is the dimension where the accumulations of the societies in all fields are exhibited at the highest level, draws attention as a sophisticated imagination and living status.

Civilization, at the same time, includes basic norms that regulate and determine human relations in a region, city, public space. These norms define how people interact with each other, as well as have a word in coexistence shapes. that provides the minimum conditions of civilization. coexistence that provides the minimum conditions of civilization is occur as a consciousness and attitude of civilization.

One of the fundamental problems of today’s world is a struggle to make the differences live together on the basis of equality and peace. When we consider that almost all of existing states in the world we live in have a heterogeneous structure in terms of ethnic, religious and sectarian, it is understood that this problem has reflections on a universal scale. Especially hot clashes between different cultures which they live together in a communities indicate that this issue will bring much more unusual problems.

Today’s humanity faces the danger of losing coexistence and the potential to bring diversity together which provided by the accumulation of civilization. Almost every day, it seems that societies, social structures, people, lifestyles, cultures  are divided, decomposed and dismembered.

The ethnic conflicts, terrorism, wars, inequalities, human rights violations seen in many civilization basin in today’s world are an obstacle to the accumulation of new civilization at the same time threat to the coexistence of differences.

It is clear that such a situation also makes a danger to the future of mankind. All these developments show that our world needs a new imagination of civilization that will guarantee the differences live in peace and tranquility. It has become a need to build up a more inclusive imagination of civilization by evaluating the existing civilization accumulation. The responsibility of the science world and opinion leaders is debate the issue of coexistence and find new solutions by considering the civilization heritage. To ensure that cultural, linguistic, religious etc. diversity live together in peace and tranquility; It is necessary to work to legalize this and ensure to create a sense of unity between these different structures.

From this point, in order to serve the construction of the desired and expected imagination of civilization in the world, Turkey Imam Hatips Foundation will organize the third of the series “International Symposium on Religious Studies and Global Peace ” with the theme of “Civilization and Coexistence Culture” in Spain in May 2017. The symposium will be held in Spain, which has great importance because it is the center of Andalusian historical experience.


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