The night of December 17th, the Rumi Arus will be celebrated around the world marking the death anniversary of the world renowned Sufi Poet who rivals Sheakpear. Rumi’s Arus is celebrated as a marriage ceremony of his union with his creator.
He was born in Vakhsh, a village in modern-day Tajikistan in 1207 AD and died in Konya in present day Turkey in 1273 AD. Ceremonies are usually celebrated in congratulations featuring Sema or whirling by dervishes as a form of devotion. However, this year ceremonies will be virtual all around the world.
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being – Rumi