Born Mowlana Jalaloddin Balkhi, Rumi was also known as Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi. However, the world knows him as simply Rumi.
This grand poet was born in 1207 in the Balkh Province of Afghanistan, which was on the eastern edge of the Persian Empire at the time.
He was not only a poet, but a jurist, theologian, and a Sufi mystic. His work is not only loved and revered in the East, but also the West.
People actually wake up quoting him.
Good morning. "If all you can do is crawl, start crawling." -Rumi— joe gerstandt (@joegerstandt) April 15, 2014
And its words like these that make you realize how people can relate to his work regardless of language and culture:
Brad Gooch, who is writing Rumi’s biography, sums it up brilliantly, “He’s this compelling figure in all cultures.”
He urges people to love both human and divine with such passion and extraordinary flair that it comes out as timeless and relatable.
My moon, without you I wept like a cloud.
Without you, I’m wounded, worn out and lonely.
Banished from life, to sit here without you,
I’ve died of the shame of living without you.
Here is some of his work: