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Websites Devoted to Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi
1. Rumi's Love Poems
Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet, was one of the most passionate and profound poets in history. Today his presence still remains strong, due in part to how his words seem to reflect the divine and link back to the Soul-Essence. Born in what is present day Afghanistan in 1207, he produced his master work the Masnawi which consists of over 60,000 poems before he died in 1273. The best way to fully describe his impact is that he has the ability to describe the Indescribable, Ineffable-- God. This site present two different translators of his work: Coleman Barks and Shahram Shiva. Also contains a selection of love poems by both translators.
2. Tribute to Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi
This site contains translations of poetry, a biography of Rumi, picture gallery, links and recommended books.
3. The Sufism Society
The Threshold Society, rooted within the traditions of Sufism and inspired by the life and work of Rumi, is a non-profit educational foundation with the purpose of facilitating the experience of divine unity, love, and truth in the world. Sufism is a living tradition of human transformation through love and higher consciousness. The Society is affiliated with the Mevlevi Order, and offers training programs, seminars and retreats around the world. These are intended to provide a structure for practice and study within Sufism.
4. The Mevlevi Order
The Masnavi is Rumi's great masterpiece. The Masnavi consists of mainly Sufi teaching stories with profound mystical interpretations. This site also has information about the Whirling Prayer Ceremony (Sema) and the International Mevlana Foundation led by the hereditary leader of all Mevlevi Sufis.
5. The Rumi Network
Rumi is now one of the most widely read poets in America. The Rumi Network is based on the work of the award-winning Rumi translator, author, scholar and performer Shahram Shiva. Shiva has been translating the poetry of Rumi since 1988 and has been presenting Rumi concerts and workshops in the US ever since. Shiva's translations of Rumi have been published in several books.
6. Coleman Barks
Coleman Barks is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. He is the translator of one of the essential books on Rumi- The Illuminated Rumi, with Michael Green as illustrator.
7. The Masnavi
A public domain translation of the Masnavi by E.H. Whinfield in 1898. The sacred-text site is an important site for works from all of the wisdom traditions. The site also contains many other Sufi writings such as The Rubayyat of Omar Khayyam, Poems from the Divan of Hafiz, and the Songs of Kabir.
8. The Mevlevi Order of America.
This is the web site of the Mevlevi Order of America, also known as the Whirling Dervishes. The mission of the Mevlevi Order of America is to be a living embodiment of the Mevlevi Way by sharing the teachings of Rumi. The order offers cultural programs, open workshops, and public presentations in the spirit of inclusion, equality and love.
9. The Electronic School of Masnavi Studies
The Masnavi is the great masterpiece of Rumi. The Masnavi consists mainly of Sufi teaching stories with profound mystical interpretations. This site also has information about the Whirling Prayer Ceremony (Sema) and the International Mevlana Foundation. It contains a huge number of translations of poems.
10. Eight Articles on Rumi and Sufism By Professor Franklin Lewis (UK Gardian Series)
Franklin Lewis is associate professor of Persian in the department of near eastern languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago. His books include Rumi: Swallowing the Sun (Oneworld, 2007) and Rumi: Past and Present, East and West (Oneworld, 2000). Excellent introductory articles on Rumi and Sufism.
11. Music of the Whirling Dervishes.
The Istanbul Historical Turkish Musical Group was founded to present the original style and performance characteristics of classical Turkish Music especially Sufi Music and Military Music, which are important to Turkish culture. Good discussion of Sufi music and archives of audio, video and photography.
12. Konya Mevlana Museum
The tomb of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is located in Konya, Turkey. It was turned into a museum in 1927. It contains objects pertaining to Rumi and the Mevlevi order. It contains a virtual tour of the tomb where Rumi is buried.
13. Listen to the reed, how it complains of separation
This is a large site that contains poetry, books, links, daily poems, music and discussion lists.
14. Mevlana Net
This site is established by the descendents of Rumi. Good information about the whirling dervishes, the Mevlana Mausoleum, the Masnavi and general resources.
1. The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks (Translator) (HarperOne, 1997)
2. Rumi: Hidden by Maryam Mafi (Thorsons, 2002)
3. The Way of Love by Nigel Watts (Thorsons, 1999)
4. The Illuminated Rumi by Coleman Barks (Translator), Michael Green (Illustrator) (Broadway Books, 1997)
5. Me and Rumi: The Autobiography of Shams-I Tabrizi, Shams-i Tabrizi (Author), William C. Chittick, (Translator) (Fons Vitae, 2004)
6. The Illustrated Rumi: A Treasury of Wisdom from the Poet of the Soul by Philip Dunn (Translator), Manuela Dunn Mascetti (Translator) and Huston Smith (Introduction) (HarperOne, 2000)
7. A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings by Coleman Barks (Translator) (HarperOne)
8. Mystical Poems of Rumi by Ehsan Yarshater (Editor), Hasan Javadi (Editor), A. J. Arberry (Translator), Franklin D. Lewis (Foreword) (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
9. Rumi, In the Arms of the Beloved by Jonathan Star (Translator) (Putnam Books, 1997)
10. Rumi's World: The Life and Works of the Greatest Sufi Poet by Annemarie Schimmel (Shambhala, 2001)
1. Coleman Barks Readings of Rumi
Coleman Barks' site lists a variety of recordings of readings of Rumi's poetry by Barks both in spoken word and with music.
2. A Gift Of Love: Deepak & Friends Present Music Inspired By The Love Poems Of Rumi (Rasa Music 1998)
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