an afternoon with rumi's love poems
We hosted an afternoon on the renowned 13th century Sufi poet Rumi with Rumi historian and lecturer Peter Rogan. Rogen shared fascinating background information and recited many examples of Rumi’s famous love poetry.
Peter Rogen is a well-known presenter of Rumi’s poetry. He has given more than 150 lectures and performances at venues like the National Cathedral in Wash. DC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many colleges and universities including Amherst, Boston College, College of NJ, Duke, FIU, SUNY Albany, UMass, and Yale. He also edited Mirza Ashraf’s “Rumi’s Holistic Humanism”, available from SUNY Press.
Rumi, a 13th century Sufi, mystic poet, believed that "love is the strongest unifying force," and that its force is present everywhere and in everything. Although many of Rumi’s poems can be read as ordinary love poems, they are really about the love of God, whom he often called the "Friend" or the "Beloved."
Rumi has inspired people for centuries as the “revealer of love’s secrets.” In humankind's fight to root out conflict, violence and war, Rumi's holistic view of unconditional love may prove one of our best friends. "Gamble everything for love if you're a true human being. Half-heartedness never reaches into majesty.”- Rumi.