Teaching Rumi/Persian Literature

Sunday, October 26, 2008
Time: 03:00 PM
Cupertino, CA
Phone: 510-517-7385
Email: monirm@att.net
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Salaam bar doostaaraane Maulana Rumi; Please be notified that the last meeting of the current term will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26th. at 3:00 PM. To avoid distraction please keep your cell phone in a "silence mode" during the meeting.
Regularly, the meeting is held every 2nd. and 4th. Sunday of each month from 3:00 through 6:00 PM at:
10101 Richwood Dr. (corner of miller & Stevens Creek), in Cupertino.
Tuition: $75 for 6 session, you may send your check to the above address.

Agenda: Comparative Study of Sufism. Ghazale Hafez, Ghazale Divane Shams, and Masnavi Molana and cross reference to other Sufi Master and Poets.

For further information please contact him at: (408) 725-2922 or email me
at monirm@att.net.
To purchase Dr. Massihpour's books: "kendo kaa dar aaraa-e Masnavi-e Molavi" (Discovery of Rumi's Point of views" and " AAeen-e Negaaresh, Badi'-o Ghafieh-0 Arooz", (Writing Techniques) please contact Dr. Massihpour at the above phone number.

Dr. Massihpour, alumni professor of Tehran University, granted his Ph.D. in Persian Literature and Theology. He's had extensive research on International Sufism, and specifically Iranian, i.e. Rumi and other Sufi master such as Sa'di, Hafez, Sanaei...He is an expert in Philosophy and Persian Literature of his time. He has been teaching in the Universities
throughout Iran for over 40 years.

Molana Jalal-uddin Mahammad Balkhy, known as Rumi, the great Sufi
(Islamic mystic) poet and philosopher was born on 9/30/1207 in the city
of Balkh, in Khorasan province of the Persian Empire. Today Balkh is in
Afghanistan. Rumi left this world on 12/7/1273 in Konya, which is in
present-day Turkey. During Rumi's time in Konya, Farsi was the common
and official language.

Rumi's father, Baha Valad was a religious scholar, teacher and preacher
who was respected and admired by many people. He also had a keen
interest in Sufism. On account of his wisdom and knowledge, he was given
the name Sultan-al-Olama (King of the Learned Ones).

Rumi's father assigned one of his closest disciples, Seyyed Borhan-uddin
Termezi to be Rumi's teacher. He taught Rumi the foundation and basics
of religion and philosophy at very early age. Rumi continued his
education in theology, philosophy, literature, poetry, languages, and
history. He became so learned that his father allowed him to give
lectures in his school. At time passed, Rumi gradually took over the
religious and teaching duties of his father.

The amazing experience of reunification is what Rumi must have gone
through when Shams linked him to his chain and brought him back to the
true and majestic path of love. With this reunion, Rumi became one of
the most magnificent lovers of all time. A burning fire must have been
roaring deep within Rumi's soul until he met Shams, who blew away the
ashes and allowed that fire to come to the surface and blaze free of any
obstacle. This metamorphosis, which took place in the deepest and most
secretive part of Rumi's existence, changed an incredible, rigidly
educated scholar into a liberated, devoted, soaring lover, who became an
inspiration for mankind.

Due to Shams' influence, Rumi reached the highest peak in his love
journey in a short time. The force of this magical love transformed a
learned, orthodox theologian in the lover of all time.

I was dead, I became alive----I was tears, I became laughter
The majesty of love came, and I became an everlasting majesty myself.
He (Shams) told me, you are not insane----I became insane and linked
with his chain.
He said you are not drunken, you are not from this type---I went and
became drunken & full of joy.
I died from solid and became plant--- From plant I was transformed to
>From animal I died and became a human----Then why should I be afraid
of death?
I never became less from death----Next I die from human, and soar to
become an angel.
I soar again from an angel----and become something that you cannot even

Oh God, please sever not this union----Let not the ecstatic of love cry
Keep fresh and green the garden of life------Ruin not this garden and
these drunken ones
Like autumn, do not fall on the branch and leaves of the heart,
Make not the people destitute and mystified...
In this world nothing is more bitter than separation; ---Do whatever you
want, but please sever not.

By Dr. M. Naini
Regards. Monir

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