Rumi, more formally called Mawlana Jala ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, is one of the most influential Persian poets of the 13th century. His work is celebrated not only by the Sufism it inspires but also by most in the Muslim world. His poetry also transcends his Persian roots and is recognized as both spiritual and beautiful writing by many people of many different religions throughout the rest of the world.
Rumi is frequently associated with Sufism and with the Mevlevi Order, known to most of the world as Whirling Dervishes. He espoused that God should be celebrated through poetry, song and dancing. The Sufis often believe that Rumi’s writing is only succeeded in importance by the Qur’an. From a literary standpoint, the poetry of Rumi is considered as the most influential Persian poetry and his influence can be shown in the many great Persian poets who followed him.
The poetry of Rumi has been compared to the book of Psalms and to the Song of Solomon. He writes as the lover of God, attempting to reconcile how distance has come between himself and God. His poems can be read merely as love poems, but they must also be considered as symbolic of the relationship of man to the divine.
Let go of your worries
and be completely clear-hearted,
like the face of a mirror
that contains no images.
If you want a clear mirror,
and see the shameless truth,
which the mirror reflects.
If metal can be polished
to a mirror-like finish,
what polishing might the mirror
of the heart require?
Between the mirror and the heart
is this single difference:
the heart conceals secrets,
while the mirror does not.
Raspberry Barbecue Ribs
Cook's notes: This sauce is quite flavorful served over pork loin, pork chops and chicken. The recipe was adapted from Taste of Home. Sauce may have to be doubled depending on how much meat is being grilled. This sauce serves 2. If doubling do not increase garlic cloves 3 is plenty. The garlic should not overwhelm the sauce.
- 3 garlic cloves peeled
- 1/4 tsp. olive oil
- 2 cups raspberries
- 3 TB. brown sugar
- 1 TB. balsamic vinegar
- 1 TB. light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. molasses
- 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/8 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper
- dash onion powder
- Place garlic cloves in heavy duty foil- drizzle with oil-wrap tightly and bake @ 425 for 15 minutes
- Place softened garlic in saucepan and add remaining ingredients
- Cook over low heat till sauce is thick and bubbly
- Transfer to food processor and blend till smooth
- Store in refrigerator till needed
- Baste on meat near end of grilling time