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Mystics

Master Speaks on Life, Teachings & Works of Mystic Masters: Meera Bai, Sahajo   Bai, Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Baba Bulleh Shah

It is by no means easy to decipher, to grasp the essence held in the works of mystics and that is why they need to be understood from an awakened being. As at the plane of their highly evolved consciousness, self-realized beings speak the same truth albeit in a different manner, in different styles. Anandmurti Gurumaa has thoroughly expounded upon the essence present in the messages given by several renowned mystics who have graced earth at different times. She has explicated the teachings of a myriad of sages from diverse backgrounds, from different parts of India and oversees – then whether it is the Sikh Gurus or Buddha, Kabir or Rumi, Meerabai or Sahajobai, Charandas or Bulleh Shah, Namdev or Dnyāneshwar, Sufi mystics or the Zen masters. Most of her expositions on the teachings of these mystics are available as recorded CD's or DVD's and some are also compiled into books.

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Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

A thread between the heart and lips
Mystery of life there weaves
Words break the thread
But in silence the secret speaks

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So says the renowned scholar, the poet, the Philosopher, the decipherer of the mysterious nature of this life, the Sufi Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. One of the greatest spiritual masters of all times, the great Sufi was born in the 13th century in Balkh (present day Afghanistan) and reached such heights of glory that despite all the time elapsed since he graced this earth, he still remains one of the most acclaimed masters captivating the interest of seekers from all across the world.
Ordinarily people equate Sufism to be a part of Islam. But as Anandmurti Gurumaa points out, the only religion a Sufi has is that of love. The one who is in love with God is a Sufi, the one who is on a quest of the imperceptible mysterious one is a Sufi, the one whose heart is pure and immersed in divine love is a Sufi.
This makes Anandmurti Gurumaa as much a Sufi as Rumi. And who better than a Sufi to talk about another Sufi! Hearts filled with divine love can easily relate to each other for at that zenith, they are indeed one. And thus it is with this tremendous insight that Anandmurti Gurumaa talks about Rumi in her book called 'Rumi's Love Affair' titled 'Rumi Aur Main' in Hindi.
Born to a learned theologian Bahauddin Walad, Rumi grew up in an atmosphere rich in spirituality. A young Rumi would join his father in doing Zikr (remembrance of God) and sit in his lap when the father would be teaching nuances of spirituality to his students. Thus he absorbed the invaluable words of wisdom and right from a tender age he would abide in chanting the name of Allah. Such that his mother would often note that the young lad's lips would move even in his sleep. And on closer inspection she could hear the whisper of Allah's name.
When other children would be playing with toys or eating sweetmeats, young Rumi would be found sitting somewhere engrossed in chanting Allah's name. Adults would ask him to be his age, to enjoy fun and games. To which Rumi would reply, my enjoyment is in divine remembrance, my mouth is sweetened by taking his name, I don't need any sweets. This speaks volumes about his state of evolution even as a child!
Endowed with exceptional intelligence, he grew up to become a brilliant scholar, a highly learned Professor at an acclaimed University in the city of Konya in Turkey. He was a remarkable astrologer too and could read faces with great accuracy. He became such a renowned writer that whatever he would write would become a valuable scripture. His distinguished text 'Mathnawi' is famous all over the world for its influential philosophy and poetry. He wrote thousands of stories and poems and through them he imparted inspirational precepts of wisdom.
Any talk about Rumi would be incomplete without a mention of his beloved master, Shams Tabrez. Anandmurti Gurumaa relates several poignant incidents from their lives, talking about their most extraordinary relationship, one that is simply peerless, unparalleled.
And this began when once a bedraggled fakir stopped Rumi on his way to the university. The tattered clothes notwithstanding, there was a distinct gleam in the fakir's eyes. The fakir asked Rumi: who is greater, Rasool Mohammed or Yaseed? And he was so moved by Rumi's answer that he fainted on the ground in a state of intense delight.
This fakir was none other than the great master, Shams Tabrez. And thus began their incomparable friendship. Anandmurti Gurumaa enthralls the reader with several anecdotes revealing the depth, the intensity of their relationship. Shams was said to be illiterate but he taught Rumi to love Allah through the heart and not mere intellectual cerebration. Light up your heart with the fire of divine love, he would tell Rumi.
The duo became inseparable. Rumi's students thought that

their teacher had gone mad. Such an erudite scholar had come under the trance of a madman? They moaned bitterly. People made Shams' life very difficult and managed to force him out of Konya. Rumi would yearn for Shams, and then somehow he managed to get him back. But this infuriated Rumi's followers to no end. Such that one night they killed Shams.
Drops of blood lay on the ground but it is said that Shams' body disappeared. Like a madman Rumi kept searching for his beloved Shams. He was my Sun, Rumi would wail. Just as the earth revolves around the sun, thus in his yearning for Shams, in his longing for Allah, Rumi started whirling and being in Zikr. It is from here that the tradition of whirling dervish commenced. The dervish wear white flowing robes which signify the shroud used to cover up dead bodies. Only Allah's name is there in their heart, on their lips, thus all notion of I and mine simply dissolves.
Shams filled Rumi's heart with divine love. He taught Rumi that prayer isn't a mere collection of words but rather it is tears, it is yearning, it is the joy of longing. From Shams, Rumi inherited the treasure of love, the dance of love - the sema. Shams' death proved to be a landmark event in Rumi's life. The impact was such that Rumi entered a state of deep contemplation and under its influence, became one with God.
Along with the Mathnawi, Rumi's other well known text is the Divan-e-Shams which is a masterpiece collection of poems written in Persian language and is hailed as one of the greatest works in Persian literature. But all those who don't know Persian, need not despair, for beloved Gurumaa has translated a select set of poems in Hindi which is for the first time in India and this is available as the book 'Prem Ka Chalakta Jaam'.
As she puts it: 'By visiting the dargah (shrine) of Shams and Rumi in Turkey, I experienced that they were not two but one. I understood them and the aesthetics of their philosophy. I tasted the depth of Rumi's poetry and am sharing some of these fragrant flowers with you. Drink in the fragrance hidden in these flowers and learn the lesson of love in a new way. Read this langorously, unhurriedly, for it is not a book but a matured bottle of wine, so one sip at a time…'
One such gem from the book:

Die, die in this love
And rise as the spirit
Soaring high and high

Die, die, cut the incarcerating I
Break the walls, this prison you defy

Die, die in front of the handsome King
For thereby will your glories multiply

Die, die and rising from these clouds
You will shine like the moon in the sky

Silence, Silence
For this is as close as you get to die
But in this silence
The bliss of life will deafeningly multiply

The reverberating Sufi meditation called 'HU, the Zikr' and exhilarating Sufi chants in 'Zikr' are available in the form of CD's. It is pioneering to bring out these esoteric practices which have erstwhile been performed only within the confines. They are the most precious treasure troves of Sufism.

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At the plane of their highly evolved consciousness,
self-realized beings speak the same truth
albeit in a different manner, in different styles.