Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love   How does Islam embrace the concept of "love"? How did a 13th century mystic from Central Asia become the most widely read poet in the United States for over a decade? Why did UNESCO declare 2007 as "the year of Rumi"?

Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love
Global Spirit Studio
Timezone: P M C E 
Sunday, September 28th 
06:00 pm 
Sunday, September 28th 
09:00 pm 
Tuesday, September 30th 
06:00 am 
Tuesday, September 30th 
11:00 pm 
Wednesday, October 1st 
11:30 am 
Thursday, October 2nd 
04:00 pm 
Friday, October 3rd 
02:00 am 
Regions: Asia

RUMI AND THE SUFI PATH OF LOVE takes viewers into the poetry and teachings of the renowned 13th century sufi philosopher and poet Jalaluddin Rumi. Almost 800 years ago, after a legendary meeting with a wandering dervish named Shams of Tabriz, Jalaluddin Rumi had a mystical experience which led him to the realization that all  life, all existence and all creation are essentially united through the force of "eshgh" or Divine Love. Out of this realization, Rumi wrote some of the most beautiful and spiritually engaging poetry that has ever been written. To give texture, depth and a deeper understanding to the poetry and the philosophical teachings of Rumi, this Global Spirit program brings together two knowledgeable studio guests from different generations, cultures and linguistic traditions: Shaykh Kabir Helminski, a shaykh of the Mevlevi sufi tradition and Parisa Soultani, the Persian co-producer and host of the multi-lingual Rumi website:


RUMI AND THE SUFI PATH OF LOVE presents a number of evocative film segments from Turkey, Afghanistan and the USA, featuring well-known Rumi translators Coleman Barks and Andrew Harvey, Turkish sufi teacher Cemalnur Sargut, Persian Rumi scholar Dr. Elahi Ghomshei, Afghan musician Farida Mahwash, along with compelling footage of the "Sema" ceremony of the whirling dervishes and a "Zikr" ceremony led by Kabir Helminski. The program explores a number of engaging questions, including: What does Rumi's poetry and message have to say about religious tolerance in today's world? How to understand Rumi in the original Persian vs. modern, popular translations of Rumi? What happened when Rumi met Shams of Tabriz? What does Rumi bring to the concept of Love, that is similar or different than what other great teachers, such as Jesus taught? 


Global Spirit: Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love
Kabir Helminski 

Kabir Helminski is a sufi shaykh of the Mevlevi tradition. He leads a sufi community in the USA, is an author, a publisher, a musician and co-founder of the Threshold Society and the Baraka Institute. Recently, Kabir was named by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center, as one of the 500 most influential muslims in the world.

Parisa Soultani 

Parisa Soultani is currently co-producing a documentary film on Jalaluddin Rumi. She is also the host and co-producer of the project, a gathering of Rumi "lovers" -- scholars, dervishes, and other sufi teachers and practitioners from around the world. Parisa also hosts live global webcasts that explore the world of Rumi in English, Turkish, Persian and Arabic.