I have lived on the lip of insanity,
wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door.
It opens. I’ve been knocking
from the inside.
(version by Coleman Barks)
Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi was a 13th-century poet, jurist, scholar and theologian. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages.
None of the translations are perfect; the Farsi version is riddled with fabrication as well as the translations. The good news is that a true lover of Rumi’s work can easily collect the gems from the dirt.
The major themes of Rumi’s poems are that of LOVE for God, spiritual states and progression.
Painting: The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, Oil on Canvas, 1889