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Rumi: Poet of the Heart (1998)

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Jelaluddin Rumi was born in 1207 and by the age of 37 had become a famous scholar and popular teacher. But his life changed forever when he met the powerful wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz. Rumi said, “What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being.”

An extraordinary esoteric friendship between the two men unfolded, and when Shams mysteriously disappeared, Rumi experienced a transformation from scholar to mystic poet. More than seven hundred years later, Rumi is the bestselling poet in America.

How did a Persian mystic poet of the 13th century become the bestselling poet in America? Rumi: Poet of the Heart explores how Rumi was discovered in the West and features two of the individuals responsible – Coleman Barks and Robert Bly.

Debra Winger, Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Huston Smith, Michael Meade, Hamza El Din
Haydn Reiss

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Aloha8, posted on October 10, 2016

I am in istanbul about a month now and I came primarily for the Dervishes, but because of all sorts of communication problems (nobody really wants to speak or read English they just seem to want American dollars) I still have not seen them but I will. As it turns out, I spent the first 3 weeks in Taksim, and according to the article (2010) I just found on the internet entitled, "Where to see the Whirling Dervishes," I was right on top of them, or down the street from them and just did not understand yet enough Turkish to buy a ticket and go in. I will now.

This is a beautiful truthful account of Rumi's poetry which has inspired me not just to come to Turkey and stay here despite countless obstacles, it is important for people to know that Turks are not terrorists most of them are regular people and about 10% or so are quite spiritual.

I was led by spirit to come and I will never regret it. Istanbul is many things but the best adjective for it so far is "life" it is teeming with new life, curiosity, and the dance is only a small reflection of the spirit of istanbul.

I had to cancel my reservation for Konya due to a series of unfortunate events but then who am I to question the Mind of the Creator?

According to the 2010 article this is where the Istanbul performances are held: The Galata Mevlevi Museum, or tekke, is undoubtedly the most famous Mevlevi Whirling Dervish hall. It is located on Galipdede Caddesi, not far from Tünel at the end of Istiklal Caddesi.

I was on Istiklal Caddessi every day, it is like Las Vegas, the street is always lit up with Turkish Police watching over vulnerable tourists 24/7. I left because of noise, hookers, drunks and gambling but that's the perfect place for mosques, prayer calls and Dervishes! Just as Jesus did not live in Beverly Hills neither do the Mevlevi.

I am not sure why spirit led me here but I do know that my great-grandfather was a Turk, an Ottoman Turk and that's about all I know of any family past the generation that became refugees from Russia and Poland. He was born in Constantinople. I do not recall the year. I encourage any readers who resonate with this film to get on a plane and come over here. It is a big city, yes, it is noisy, yes but it is completely safe and there are endless discoveries to be made here.

kcerkc_persi, posted on September 18, 2016

The music singing by musician is not Rumi's language

ajumaaree, posted on September 12, 2016

So touched by this. Grazie Mille to all!

fletcher88, posted on September 7, 2016

Where can I found the sound track? The musician is wonderful too who is he?

kennonward, posted on September 5, 2016

Listening to Rumi is much better than reading his poetry. He has many ways to caused me to think and re-evaluate many situations. The reed longing for the river bed; not mentioning the skill of the artisan that gave it life as a flute. That does put being a victim into perspective

franlambfran, posted on September 2, 2016

Coleman Barks is an awesome generous human, just by being!

azpiper11, posted on September 1, 2016

Don't miss this timeless wonderful capture. But it makes me wonder if Robert Bly and Robert Thurman are twins of an archetype - it's incredible how much alike they are.

Nidette, posted on September 3, 2016


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