Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, more popularly in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi (September 30, 1207 – December 17, 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. In 2007, he was described as the “most popular poet in America.”
Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia,and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language. His works are widely read in their original language across the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular in other countries.
IF TEN LAMPS ARE IN ONE PLACE
Rumi (Jeladluddin Balkhi)
If ten lamps are in one place,
each differs in form from another;
yet you can’t distinguish whose radiance is whose …
when you focus on the light.
In the field of spirit there is no division;
no individuals exist.
Sweet is the oneness of the Friend with His friends.
Catch hold of spirit.
Help this headstrong self disintegrate;
that beneath it you may discover unity,
like a buried treasure.