Passage from Chapter V – Sham’s Last Teaching from Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom
By the time Jalaluddin Rumi reached his mid-thirties, he had not yet written one word of poetry. The poems that today lift up our spirits, advise us on how to live our lives, enrich our yoga classes, and light up so many concerts, spiritual conventions, interfaith events, weddings, funerals, and romantic outings … all of these were written by Rumi, but only after he met the man who would forever change his life: Shams of Tabriz. Shams – which means “Sun” in Arabic – was a wandering sage, a strange monk from the central Asian city of Tabriz, who liked to appear, teach, and then disappear. This peculiar master was not fond of writing.
He did not write down any of his lessons, nor would he let his students take notes. Rather, he would impart wisdom in a parable or two, stunning his listeners with gleaming beams of Light, and then he would disappear again, as was his custom to do.
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