Seasons of Rumi

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Molānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Balkhī, better known in the West as Rumi, was not unfamiliar to crisis.

He lived during a time when the earth was experiencing a significant eclipse that included the residues of the Crusades, the immediate threat of the bloodthirsty Mongol armies, and the onset amnesia Muslims were experiencing. Yet, during this earthly eclipse, he found the Sun within his own heart. His life is one of Hope and possibilities.

Through his teachings, mainly in the form of sacred verses, Rumi gifted us many themes for life to contemplate on, marinate in, and fully embody and manifest.

Three of such themes that Pouria find relevant for our time include:
– Discernment
– Invitation
– Prayer

With joy in his heart, Pouria offers three of Rumi's poems, each speaking to one of these three themes. He first recites them in their original language, the language Rumi uttered. Then he provides an English translation for each.

How Brave You Are

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How brave you are for slowing down

Mysteries, Yes

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Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood

Shakti: Tiny Desk Concert

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A reunion of the seminal Indian / European jazz fusion band for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert


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My mother is three years younger than Nakba

Hand of War

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From the series of Palestinian poets

My desperate and sad prayer

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I pray for Israel, I pray for Palestine

Galoba (The Prayer)

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Trio Mandili is a Georgian vocal group, here they perform a piece entitled "The Prayer"

The Ant, the Grasshopper, and the Antidote to the Cult of More

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A Lovely Vintage Illustrated Poem About the Meaning and Measure of Enough

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