Millicent Alexander met Hasan Shushud and Nevit Oguz Ergin in 1972 and has followed the path of Itlak Sufism ever since. An account of her first meeting with these two remarkable men is included in The Sufi Path of Annihilation by Nevit O. Ergin (available on Amazon and in the ReadingRumi.com bookstore). Millicent was close friends with Nevit Ergin from the time they met in 1972 until his passing in 2015, She is a retired educator and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.    

Why This Blog?

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi has been called a great poet, a great Saint, a mountain, an ocean.  He is quoted in various forms of popular culture, as well as in every sort of institution, both secular and religious.  Everyone who reads his poetry seems to agree that he is speaking directly to them.  Anyone who googles his name can find massive amounts of information about and from him So why yet another Rumi blog?  To quote Rumi, “The Sultan said a secret epigram to every ear. / He gave different news to every soul.*” I hope these poems give a bit of inspirational “news” to anyone who is drawn here.   *Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Divan-i Kebir, Volume 21, Gazel 99, Verse 1094.  The poetry on this blog is all taken from Rumi’s Divan-i Kebir and Rubailar, as translated by Nevit Ergin.  (See the Sources tab for more information.)