Jalaluddin Rumi was born in Afghanistan (1207) to a family of scholars and theologians. They fled the Mongul invasions, settling in Turkey, where Rumi succeeded his father as head of the Sufi dervish learning community. The direction
of his life changed dramatically when he met Shams of Tabriz, the man who became his intimate friend and inspiration. With Shams, he discovered the "Inner Friend,"
a way of being with God in companionship. Out of Rumi's relationship with Shams, out of his love-joy-longing, came the poetry, the surrender that continues to ignite and unite lives and the turning (Rumi became the original "Whirling Dervish"). When Rumi died in 1273, devotees of many faiths came to his funeral. He consciously worked to dissolve the barriers between religious creeds. "I go to the Church,
the Synagogue and the Mosque...I see only one altar." He continues to be
rediscovered by sympathetic souls from every culture.
OPEN SECRET: The poems of the 13th Century Sufi Master Rumi, the original Whirling Dervish, read by the poet and foremost interpreter of Rumi's poetry, Coleman Barks in collaboration with Dorothy Fadiman. Original music performed on flute, violin, and tamboura is interwoven with the readings. Vocal and musical score produced by Dorothy Fadiman.
These translations are drawn from two books of Rumi's poetry: OPEN SECRET: Versions of RUMI (Threshhold Books)
amazon.com WE ARE THREE (Maypop Books)
Producer:Dorothy Fadiman Assistant Producer: Sharon Bergeron Translation: Coleman Barks, John Moyne Music: Flute - Jan Lovett-Keen
Violin - Shams Kairys
Tamboura - Grant Rudolph Recording Engineer: Bruce Kaphan Mix Consultant: Michael Callahan
PART ONE (7:01)
1. Today, like every other day . . . (Barks)
2. Dissolver of sugar . . . (Fadiman)
3. Don't grieve . . . (Barks)
4. The minute I heard my first love story . . . (Fadiman)