Sufi mystic and poet Rumi.


(c. 1207 - 1273)

Born in 1207 into a distinguished Islamic family in modern-day Afghanistan, Rumi with his family fled the invasion of Genghis Khan; his father, it is said, loaded ninety camels with books only. Rumi in his twenties became the head of a madrasa in Konya after his father died, and in 1244 he met the wandering dervish Shams Tabriz, whose friendship served as the basis for The Big Red Book. “What I had thought of before as God,” Rumi wrote about their first encounter, “I met today in a human being.”

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Seek not water, only show you are thirsty, / That water may spring up all around you.

—Rumi, c. 1260

Voices In Time

c. 1250 | Saba


Rumi calls for a moment of silence.More

There is a city in which you find everything you desire—handsome people, pleasures, ornaments of every kind—all that the natural person craves. However, you cannot find a single wise person there.

—Rumi, c. 1250

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