In the Footprints of Rumi
Explore principles and practices for turning Rumi's sacred poetry and teachings into portals for spiritual awakening and transformation.
Read and listen to Rumi in such a way
as if his sacred verses were speaking directly to you.
The courses, presentations, and offerings from In the Footprints of Rumi are tuition-free and donation-based. They are dedicated to providing authentic translations and windows into the heart of Rumi's teachings, including the spiritual and cultural context embedded in his work.
This Podcast (Blisscast) with the Caravan of the Heart has been the most beautiful, heartfelt, sacred, and profound conversation I've ever had. Aim Me and Renee of Troubadours of Divine Bliss allowed me to share my heart through their love, presence, attention, and talents. They managed to evoke topics I had never discussed in an interview. The sense of separation and the concept of "conducting an interview" vanished, making way for a deeply sacred space in which we danced and shared our hearts. I am deeply grateful for their hearts and respectfully bow to them. I pray this conversation will soothe your hearts. Please visit their website and various podcast platforms to learn more about these two amazing beings, their podcasts, and their music.
Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Balkhī Rumi was a saint and a mystic. He was not a poet in the traditional sense where one sits and composes poetry, and he did not write poetry before meeting Shams of Tabriz - over thirty-seven years of his life.
His poems are considered sacred verses to those on the Path of Love. He uttered these verses spontaneously in ecstasy beyond mind and reason as his students wrote them down.
His two major works of sacred verses include the Masnavi, his magnum opus, also referred to as the Quran in Persian. It is filled with stories covering everything imaginable. His other major work, the love poems, meaning poems that were given birth to through the fire of Love inside him, is the Divān of Shams of Tabriz. The Divān can be understood more as music than poetry. Truth is ultimately beyond speech, and music is beyond speech and reaches higher states. Rumi's sacred verses are like music to one's ears, and there's nothing like them, and they cannot be truly translated without extensive footnotes, contexts, and penetrating attention.
I created the Seasons of Rumi and The Metanoia Moments video series to provide opportunities for non-Persian speaking beings worldwide to hear Rumi's sacred verses in their original. Many are intoxicated by simply allowing the music of his sacred verses to land on their heart.
The Seasons of Rumi is a collection of short videos I create with my iPhone while on my year-round contemplative sauntering in sacred nature. I recite one of Rumi's original poems in its original Persian language, followed by an English translation.
May they nourish your hearts!
The Metanoia Moments is a collection of even shorter videos intended to act as a visual meditation to help us pause and return to the heart's breath—returning toward the inner world as we ride the wave of the breath at the threshold between the seen and the unseen worlds.
May they nourish your hearts!