Category Archives: Rumi

The First Day of the Feast Has Come

A Rumi poem capturing the joy that is represented by the Ramadan feast.

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A New Song Comes out of the Fire

A Rumi poem for Ramadan, which begins next Saturday.

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Be Wide as the Air to Learn a Secret

Rumi honors the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha, which centers on the story of Abraham and Isaac.

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Overrichness Is a Subtle Disease

Rumi talks about the need to move beyond the lassitude caused by wealth and to turn towards teachers of the spirit.

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The Spirit’s Table Has Arrived from Heaven

In this Ramadan poem by Rumi, fasting is seen as a way of escaping the body.

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Like a Reed, Open Yourself to God’s Breath

Rumi says that Ramadan is a time when, by emptying our bellies, we open up a path to spirit.

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Drought Is a Form of God’s Joy

If we look at a drought through God’s eyes, Rumi tells us, we will see green corn. The same holds for relationships.

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A Knowledge Born of Suffering

Rumi’s poem “The Lame Goat” has offered solace to those suffering from physical and emotional setbacks.

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A Temple Built of Compassionate Action

In “The Far Mosque,” Rumi reminds us that we are princes in waiting who will step into our spiritual kingdom through compassionate action.

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The Powerful Urge for Freedom

  I am in awe of the protesters in Tunisia and Bahrain and Egypt and Libya and Iran and Yemen and the Sudan and elsewhere in the Middle East. Their yearning for freedom is so great that, day after day, they put their lives on the line. I pray particularly for those in Libya and […]

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Moving beyond August Madness

Randall Terry in a town hall meeting  Alexander Pope, taking his cue from the Roman poet Juvenal, knew what a crazy month August could be. In The Dunciad the end of civilization occurs in August, coinciding with the rise of the “dog star” Sirius: Now flam’d the Dog Star’s unpropitious ray, Smote ev’ry brain, and wither’d […]

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The Holiness of Ramadan Fasting

Spiritual Sunday Writing in response to my post on obesity and spiritual hunger, reader Farida Bag of Uganda wrote, I found the passage from the Bible mentioned by your wife thought-provoking, particularly as we Muslims approach the month of Ramadan. I used to resent this month for various reasons when I was younger (even in my twenties) […]

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