“Language”

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 3:34 pm
A young man from Islamabad, Pakistan expresses himself through photography and the poetry of Rumi.

“Language”

As translated from Discourses of Rumi by Fatemeh Keshavarz:

To speak the same language is to share the same blood, to be related
To live with strangers is the life of captivity
Many are Hindus and Turks who share the same language
Many are Turks who may be alien to one another
The language of companionship is a unique one
To reach someone through the heart is other than reaching them
through words.
Besides words, allusions and arguments
The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak

Listen to the poem read in Persian:

by Houman Pourmehdi

by Soleyman Vaseghi

by Fatemeh Keshavarz

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Rumi

was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries.