Jelaluddin Rumi was born on September 30, 1207, in Balkh, presently in Afghanistan. His family later migrated to Konya, Turkey, where he became a great religious teacher. His mystical poetry has been loved, recited, and sung for centuries in Islamic countries — Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey claim him as their own poet. He now has an equally large following in the West, recently being named the bestselling poet in America. In his day and in ours, his students are people from all traditions — Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, and others. He speaks to the universal yearning for a closer connection to the Divine.

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Personal Explorations

Explore our "A Celebration of Rumi" created in honor of the 800th anniversary of Rumi's birth in 2007, which UNESCO declared the International Year of Rumi, it includes links to 30 readings by admirers of his poetry, YouTube videos, interviews about his impact, and more.


  • Our 40-part e-course Practicing Spirituality with Rumi, available on-demand (you choose start date and frequency), to receive Rumi poems and practices for everyday life.
  • Rumi - Living the Spiritual Life, available on-demand. Designed as a one-month daily course, it was created by Kabir and Camille Helminski, teachers in the Mevlevi Order. You receive emails with selections from Rumi and commentaries by Kabir and Camille plus audio clips with Kabir and Camille reciting the selections and four longer meditations by Camille that give you another way of experiencing the poetry and Rumi's teachings.

Photo Credit: Icon of Jalal Ud-din Rumi of Persia by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, available from Trinity Stores.