More from the great mystical poet, Rumi … Love’s Ripening, Jewels of Rememberance, The Rumi Collection … What I find most interesting about Rumi, he believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God.
One of the marvels of the world is a soul in prison with the key in its hand covered with dust.~ Rumi
I must admit that I tend to glaze over a bit when reading some bits of biographical information — in particular, who begat whom, when, and where; but I do find some parts particularly stimulating, such as the following details about Rumi as found on Wikipedia.
Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. For Rumi, music helped devotees to focus their whole being on the divine and to do this so intensely that the soul was both destroyed and resurrected. It was from these ideas that the practice of whirling Dervishes developed into a ritual form. His teachings became the base for the order of the Mevlevi which his son Sultan Walad organized. Rumi encouraged Sama, listening to music and turning or doing the sacred dance. In the Mevlevi tradition, samā represents a mystical journey of spiritual ascent through mind and love to the Perfect One. In this journey, the seeker symbolically turns towards the truth, grows through love, abandons the ego, finds the truth and arrives at the Perfect. The seeker then returns from this spiritual journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without discrimination with regard to beliefs, races, classes and nations.~ Rumi – Wikipedia
This, to me, is the most important bit.