Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi, the 13th century Sufi ecstatic Persian poet has touched the lives of many people. By the time he was thirty, he had over ten thousand students and the ears of kings. I read his poetry when I was twenty, and I thought it was cool. I read his poetry when I was forty and I thought he was deep. I read his poetry this Spring, and since then I cannot read a single poem without being inspired to write one myself. It is obvious that I am now ready for Rumi.
As a Film
Premiere, the evening reached Gala proportions. We heard Rumi's poetry
recited in the original Persian tongue; we saw a feast for the eyes in the
whirling dancing of a Toronto-based Sufi dancer; and then came the film.
It had an eerie beginning when Tina picked up a female hitchhiker in the
documents her recovery as she meets American followers of Rumi's Mevlevy
At the end of the screening, Tina introduced both the Vision TV representative who had commissioned the film, and Shaikh Kabir Helminski, the Western representative of the Mevlevi Order of Sufism. The three of them fielded questions from the Audience. I rose to ask Helminski the following question: "Rumi said, 'When one of those generous ones
invites you into his fire, go quickly.' Who was the generous one who invited you into his fire?" Helminski then told the audience of how he met his master and paid him tribute. Please look for Tina Petrova' film, Rumi - Turning Ecstatic, on Vision TV in the New Year.