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Why is it that a 13th century Sufi poet is now rated the most popular poet of our time?

In this special call event, one of the world’s most respected and passionate Rumi scholars reveals the sacred significance of Rumi’s life and work, illuminating why his poems are penetrating the heart of the world as never before.

You’ll learn about the devastation Rumi went through when his beloved soul friend Shams was murdered by jealous students, leading him to traverse what Christian mystics have described as the “dark night of the soul.” While Rumi’s poetry is ecstatic, it is also sober in understanding the mystical initiation process that often humbles and shatters us to allow the true relationships with the Beloved to be born in us.

As we enter not just a personal shattering but a multi-faceted global crisis, the words of Rumi hold precious wisdom to help us navigate our collective initiation in a way that no other poetry can.

In this first-of-its-kind free teleseminar event, a renowned author of more than 40 books, Andrew Harvey, will bring alive the core spiritual teachings of Rumi, the mystical initiation he traversed, and allow you to see his breathtaking body of work with new eyes.

Although based in rigorous scholarship, this evening event will ultimately be a poetic activation of the sacred heart that illuminates your own spiritual transformation by showing what we all can learn from the words of a great seer and lover of life from eight centuries ago.

We guarantee that you will see Rumi with fresh eyes and open more deeply to his tender words of devotion to the Divine, as well as understand the great power within the Sufi mystical tradition.

Even if you are not able to attend live, do register so you can get access to the recording. And help us spread the word to Rumi lovers everywhere about this special online event.

Andrew Harvey authored Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, Light Upon Light: Inspirations from Rumi, and has been a prominent translator of his poetry.

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THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

– Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

More About Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey was born in south India in 1952 where he lived until he was nine years old. It is this early period that he credits with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred. He left India to attend private school in England and entered Oxford University in 1970 with a scholarship to study history.

At the age of 21, he became the youngest person ever to be awarded a fellowship to All Soul’s College, England’s highest academic honor. By 1977 Andrew Harvey had become disillusioned with life at Oxford and returned to his native India, where a series of mystical experiences initiated his spiritual journey. Over the next thirty years he plunged into different mystical traditions to learn their secrets and practices. In 1978 he met a succession of Indian saints and sages and began his long study and practice of Hinduism. In 1983, in Ladakh, he met the great Tibetan adept, Thuksey Rinpoche, and undertook with him the Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva vows; later, in 1990, he would collaborate with Sogyal Rinpoche and Patrick Gaffney in the writing of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

In 1984, Andrew Harvey began a ten-year-long exploration and explication of Rumi and Sufi mysticism in Paris with a group of French Sufis and under the guidance of Eva De Vitray-Meyerovitch, the magnificent translator of Rumi into French. In 1992, he met Father Bede Griffiths in his ashram in south India near where Andrew Harvey had been born. It was this meeting that helped him synthesize the whole of his mystical explorations and reconcile eastern with western mysticism. Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as the at various spiritual centers throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity. Andrew Harvey is Founder Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism. He also has a spiritual counseling practice in Chicago and is available for spiritual direction via phone.