In this episode we stroll through one of Rumi’s ghazals with an eye on discovering the vibrancy and glow of this mystical metropolis. In the process we meet a few of its inhabitants some as majestic as Moses, and connect with the core of our own being.
We have all experienced varying levels of isolation in our efforts to slow down a pandemic. In this program I focus on the ways in which Rumi thinks and talks about loneliness and isolation. Was he ever lonely in his own life? What caused it, and how did he speak about it?
In this program, I focus on the concept of trust or “tavakkol” which is a stage in the Sufi spiritual journey. I explore this concept through the lens of Rumi’s poetry and as much more than a spiritual necessity. Rather, Rumi views trust as central to our personal and social well-being.
In this program, I describe the process of inner fulfillment as a journey in which there are no destinations beyond keeping the momentum of moving forward. Using images and ideas from Rumi’s lyric poetry, I present Perplexity and wonder — not clear cut answers – as the fuel for this inner journey of exploration.
I set out to focus this program on the concept of fear. Much to my surprise, I found out that for Rumi the feeling that counters fear is not courage. It is love. And love is obtained by building a mirror-like inner space that…let me leave the rest of that to Rumi. He says it through a fascinating story.
I start this program with Rumi’s emphasis on the significance of hope in our lives in these days of struggle with a global threat. There are things that we can learn from this pandemic though. Not reducing life to notions of loss and gain, or victory and defeat is one of them. The way Rumi sees it, life is about presence and we are in it as one big global family.
The Spring has just arrived. At the same time, the world is in the grips of a pandemic. In this program I look to Rumi for words of wisdom that help us celebrate the arrival of Nowruz “the Persian New Year” and listen to his teachings about illness and healing ourselves and our world.
Rumi’s words have brought us together. What is in his poetic speech that educates, delights, and transforms us? There are many ways to address this question. In this 40th episode of Radio Rumi, I discuss our poet’s understanding of the concept of speaking, its impact on our lives, and on those of others around us.
As election, politics, and power are on our minds, I look at Rumi’s understanding of the concept of power and his approach to it. As a well-known and respected figure, Rumi received attention from the wealthy, the noble, and the politically powerful people of his time. How he handled these delicate situations, and what he recommended to his followers are remarkable.
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