HUGS TO HUMANITY/2007 International Year of Rumi/UNESCO

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Hello , BONJOUR ,ЗДРАВСТВУЛТЕ!, CIAO Jambo, Merhaba !!!!! UNESCO has named 2007 International Year of Rumi the number-one, Hello , BONJOUR ,ЗДРАВСТВУЛТЕ!, CIAO Jambo, Merhaba !!!!! UNESCO has named 2007 International Year of Rumi the number-one, best-selling poet of the United States whose verses read by celebrities like Deepak Chopra,Madonna, Goldie Hawn and Demi Moore . According to Time Magazine Rumi is,Mystic of the Century and according to the New York Times Rumi is the most influential poet in America since the 1960s who has outsold Shakespeare . Who is this Mevlana Mohammed Jelaled-din Rumi , that over 700 years after his death his words and thoughts are causing such a stir and Westerns say that Rumi's philosophy is crucial for peace on the planet today?First , here is one way in which he described himself : Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being. Rumi's popularity is all the more remarkable given the suspicions between America and the Muslim world. What is it about Rumi that attracts so many Americans who says : My Mother is Love My Father is Love My Prophet is Love My God is Love I am a child of Love I have come only to speak of Love . America and the Muslim world each insist on viewing the other through its own cultural lens. What Americans cherish as freedom, the Muslim world views as tending towards debauchery. What many Muslims consider pious restraint, Americans see as evidence of control by a misogynist theocracy. Amidst these tensions, Americans from all walks of life are reading Rumi. If the Muslim world and America are so seemingly incomprehensible to each other, how has a medieval dervish from the East nestled so close to America's heart? The answer must be Rumi, was a philosopher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocated unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him and to his disciples all religions were more or less truth. Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, his peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to men of all sects and creeds. Come, come again... Whatever you are... Whether you are infidel, idolater or fireworshipper. Whether you have broken your vows of repentance a hundred times This is not the gate of despair, This is the gate of hope. Come, come again... Best regards
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Rumi, Mevlana, Sufism, Dervishes, Sufi, WHirling, Islam, Yusuf, Estes, Hamza, Quran, Sami, Bbc, Abc, Cnn, People & Stories
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