Tuesday, August 08, 2006

A thing or two about Rumi

Sri gurubhyo namaha.

Rumi is one of the most famous sufi poets and mystics of all time. His tomb is in modern day Turkey and is one of the best places to see the unique spiritual dance of the Whirling Dervishes. A very interesting thing to note in connection to Rumi is that he had a lot of connection with the Hindu Siddhas from TamilNadu in India! Yes, its true really - It is clear from Rumi's own writing that he was once ''visited by the great mystics (siddhas) from India. There were four of them who came, and they came by flying (yogic) through the skies.'' Apparently the four Tamil Sidhars (might be Gorakhar, Bogar, and two others whose identities are not alltogether clear) came to meet Rumi to have a discussion on some spiritual matters. After the discussion, when the sidhars were about to fly back to their home land, Rumi had expressed that his wife and others would find it hard to believe that he was visited by the sidhars who came in the night by yogic flight. In response the sidhars gave Rumi a bunch of (Kurinji??) flowers and explained to him that the flowers were very special and that they bloomed only once every 12 years and that the blooms once picked would never fade. Rumi writes that the next morning he had given his wife the flowers and told her about the visit. He also notes that the discussion with the sidhars was about things that would/could change the very consciousness of people and this earth.

This visit and some details about it can also be found in the writings of the sidhar Bogar, who also talks about visiting an enlightened person far away and refers to the desert as the place for the visit. He also makes a mention of the bunch of Kurinji flowers that the sidhars from here had taken with them for the meeting!

It is a wonderful and most mystical experience to read and speculate on the life and poetry of the sufi mystic Rumi - do read some his poetry and I am sure you will learn a lot from it. And if you google Rumi, you will also find plenty of interesting reading about his tomb in Turkey and the sufi school which he founded and plenty about the whirling dervishes.