LAUNCHING OF THE RUMI INSTITUTE Discussion on Rumi and His Ideas on Interfaith Dialogue

In Indonesiaby

21Feb2016

At Jakarta

The Asia Foundation

aunching of “the Rumi Institute” while celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week 2016. Discussion was held on the meeting point between Rumi’s vision and that of different religions. Rumi, whose full name was – Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi Muhammad bin Hasin al-Khattabi lBakhri, was born in Balkh (now Afganisthan) on September 30, 1207 - Eastern (Oriental) philosophers from the West acknowledge Rumi as the greatest poet of all mystical poets who ever lived in Islamic civilization (times). And Sufis of the Middle East admit that his works are considered as a second Al-Qur’an because of their depth of meaning. Jalaluddin Rumi is the founder of “Mevlevi Order” in Turkey. Before the second World War, followers of Tarekat 21 Mevlevi, spread the whole Balkan area, Africa and Asia, totaled 100,000 . There isn’t a poet in all history – not even Shakespeare or Dante – who literally had such an effect on civilization as did Rumi. And there is no poetry which is capable of rousing such mystical ecstasy and happiness in its readers as can the poetry written by Rumi. Rumi was a personality amongst very few personalities on earth who had such universal vision – except for Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo, and Kabir – who came from religion and who colored life as well as human culture with the greatness of love. Then, at this time, when the world needs inspiration to love this world now quite threatened with destruction , when we have already forgotten our original divine selves (identity), our happiness and human responsibility, Rumi is present as a guide and a witness of the greatness of God as well as the greatness of the human soul. Rumi is present to carry or show the essence of religions, that is, of universal love. For Rumi, love rises above all religious dogma, love embraces the whole of creation. Love is the essence, truth or reality of all religions which unites human beings in the light of the Divine (or of God). 15. LIVING VALUES EDUC

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