Rumi and Shams’ Silent Rebellion: Parallels with Vedanta, by Mostafa Vaziri

By Mostafa Vaziri

This booklet deals a paradigm shift and clean interpretation of Rumi's message. After being disentangled from the anachronistic reference to the Mevlevi order of Islamic Sufism, Rumi is in its place positioned on the planet of philosophy.

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Rumi explained the truth of existence from different angles, which included his skeptical ideas about whether the existence of the world is beginningless and endless or has a linear history with a fixed beginning and an abrupt end (discussed in chapter 5B). With ideas that encompassed deciphering the ultimate experience of consciousness, he went on to lay a foundation for humanistic universalism and the equality of all people in the world. He was troubled by the divisions between groups of human beings, whether religious, ethnic, or linguistic, as he watched them become blind to their common root, leading to perpetual wars.

Initially, the prophets and later their apostles followed the impulse to convert other people to something that was by definition non-transferable: a highly personal, mystical experience. The prophets, according to Shams, were misunderstood. They had come to act as mirrors for people, not saviors. 35 Although their searches were valid indications of their spiritual state, Shams did not feel he was personally obliged to idolize the prophets nor to imitate their subsequent religious formation. He had spent his life in search of training for his own mind, to understand a realm beyond the transitory events of the world without being entangled or confused by religious episodes, dogmas, or debates.

He symbolically saves God from the mischievous Evil who deconstructs what God tries to bring to people—whether God allowed Evil to exist has been a long-standing debate within Islam alongside the long struggle for the rights of non-Muslims. From Rumi’s point of view, even the polytheists carry something sacred in them, and he believes the responsibility for being virtuous lies in the behavior of humans, not in their belief in God. Disbelief in God, theodicy, and dualities such as heaven versus hell and good versus bad are all made irrelevant in Rumi’s poetical and philosophical approach.

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