Astonishing story of the encounter between Mevlana Rumi and the wandering mystic Shamsuddin Tabrizi
The Sufi, through creative expression, remembers and invokes the Divine order as It resides in a hidden state within all forms. To remember and to invoke, in this sense, are the same: to act on a form so that that which is within may become known. The Sufi thus re-enacts the process of creation whereby the Divine came to know such as an artifact, or it may be the life form of the mystic which is transformed. Here the very soul of the Sufi-to-be reaches towards the Divine center through the mystic Qest.
The Story : The play is about the astonishing story of the encounter between Mevlana Rumi and the wandering mystic Shamsuddin Tabrizi that occurred in 13th century. Turkey, in Konya.
Jalaluddin Rumi was a respected religions scholar and family man who had inherited his father Bahal dins madrassa. Despite being a confidante of the ruler and beloved of the people. her was not a peace. Nagged by a feeling of dissatisfaction, he had a intuition that there was more to religious life than his intellectual knowledge of the spiritual path.
Shams came to Konya in search of Rumi. His quest was for a man who was worthy t receive the esoteric inner knowledge that he, Shams, was bound to pass on before he died. All mystical paths require a pir or teacher to guide the adept on the right path. Rumi On wheel points out that yearning can be buried in a person who may not be entirely ware of it and awaits the touch a barakah or Diving Grace in the for of a guru.
Rumi encounter with Shams was like a bolt of lightning. The Mevlana neglected his family, his madressa and students and was intoxicated by the sudden discovery of his true purpose in life. Shams broke the mould of respectability that bound Rumi and freed him. Naturally there were repercussions: the people who had revered Rumi now derided him and turned hostile to Shams. Shams disappeared, presumable murdered. Rumi was mad with grief. The key message is that the journey is perilous and demands total commitment. Then slowly Rumi steadied himself and out of him poured his astonishing poetry which was written down by his disciple Chalpi. Rumi oceanic, didactic work, the Mathnawi, great sprawling stories that indicate the inner and outer journey of a mystic are relevant even today because the quest goes on.
Rumi On Wheels dance theatre performance is about the astonishing story of the encounter between Mevlana Rumi and the wandering mystic Shamsuddin Tabrizi that occurred in 13th century. Turkey, in Konya. Sufi mysticism that leaves no room for prejudice about religion, race or caste. Its sheer Advaitism (absolute oneness, one without a second, non duality) in its essence. All is One. Such a vision is sorely needed to heal todays increasingly violent and divided world.
Rumi Said : Duyi az khud badar kardam, yaki deedam do alam ra, yaki joyam, yaki danam, yaki beenam, yaki khanam. That means : I have banished duality from my mind. I see the world as One. I know One, I desire One. I seek One.
When Rumi asks Shams : And where is the ladder on which I may climb to heaven ? Shams replies: Its love. Learn to love. Earthly loves are a mere shadow of Divine Love. Seek the love that cannot be caged by words. Shams taught Rumi absolute love for the Divine. God is the beloved, the devotee the lover. It is Gohar Khatun, Rumi wife who lays no claim to scholarship or mysticism, who gives us an abject lesson in the unconditional, self â€“ sacrificing love that Shams taught Rumi Finally, all that matters is love.