It was his meeting with the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi in 1244 that completely changed his life. From an accomplished teacher and jurist, Rumi was transformed into an ascetic.On the night of 5 December 1248, as Rumi and Shams were talking, Shams was called to the back door. He went out, never to be seen again. Rumi’s love and his bereavement at the death of, Shams found their expression in an outpouring of lyric poems, Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi. He traveled to Damascus in order to seek him, until one day he realized:
Why should I seek? I am the same as
He. His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself!
I died as mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and became human.
Why should I fear?
When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as human.
Reborn, I will soar with the angels above.
And when I sacrifice my angel soul
I shall be more than mortal mind can know.
Oh, let me not exist!
For non-existence proclaims in organ tones:
‘To Him We All Shall Return.’
– Masnavi III: 3901-3906.
Rumi is said to have written the following verses for that distant land in the east known as Hindosthan or today divided into India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He writes
To pay a visit to our Sufi Convent.
Bestow upon him and the entire Hindustan
The very best of your hospitality.
And out of sheer joy and gratitude,
The Hindu Mystic went into wild ecstasy,
Jumping up and down like a fish.
And those long Hindu black hair,
Learn o inhabitants of Hindustan
The art of being a Hindu!
Life, knowledge, and intellect
Upon the Hindu Gentlemen,
Then He must have also bestowed
Beauty, virtue, and coquetry
Upon the beautiful Hindu Princesses!
Is undoubtedly very sharp.
But the Hindi Love is
Even more sharper!
The word Hind-o-stan is praiseworthy.
For the Sindhis,
The word Sindh is praiseworthy.
Rumi, the homesick Indian Elephant:
and my heart, a Sufi Convent.
Out in the open,
there is no war and peace
Who constantly dreams of Hindustan,
And no longer pays attention to his driver.
And the flames of his Love for God
Started raging high upward.
Our elephant was again dreaming of Hindustan.
Out of nostalgic madness,
The elephant was tearing up the veil of night
Until the break of dawn.
The elephant remembers Hindustan
And then at night,
His memories manifest themselves to him.
So like that Indian elephant
I don’t dream about the beautiful
Gardens of Hindustan.
Because a donkey has never been separated
Are like that Indian elephant
Who constantly dreams about Hindustan.
Which made the homesick Indian elephant
Wake up and go completely crazy.
Because you’ve also ran away
From the circle of your lifelong friends!
Rumi on Blog (Most of the translations are from this blog)
He is one of the most significant poets who are also mystics. That is a rare combination; there are millions of poets in the world and there are a few mystics in the world, but a man who is both is very rare to find. Rumi is a very rare flower. He is as great a poet as he is a mystic. Hence, his poetry is not just poetry, not just a beautiful arrangement of words. It contains immense meaning and points towards the ultimate truth. His words have to be understood not as mere words, but sources of deep silences, echoes of inner world and the innermost songs. He is the greatest dancer the world has known. You just do not read is as any other book; It is not entertainment, it is enlightenment!
There is a great Sufi book — I would like to call it the greatest book in the world because nothing is written inside it; it is absolutely empty! It is almost twelve hundred years old, and the first man who purchased it was Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. The message is to move from words to emptiness and from sound to silence. It is calledTHE BOOK OF BOOKS.”
We finish with his words about the search for the truth, he says
On the seeker’s path, wise men and fools are one.
In His love, brothers and strangers are one.
Go on! Drink the wine of the Beloved!
In that faith, Muslims and pagans are one.
 Professor A.R.Momin explains the historical origins of the word Hindu:
“It is interesting to note that the word Hindu is of Persian origin. The Persepolis and Naqsh-e-Rustam inscriptions of Emperor Darius (d. 486 B.C.) refer to the frontier regions of the Indus as Hindush. The term was later used in Arabic geographical and historical sources.“