Rumi has given the world literally tens of thousands of verses of inspiring love poetry. The life-changing event most responsible for this prolific output is his meeting in 1244 with Shamseddin (Shams) of Tabriz (1185-1248). The two spent less than three years together, yet Shams was able to transform Rumi into an ecstatic lover of God, In the words of Rumi, “O Beloved, when Your Love flared up in my heart, everything else was burned to ashes. My heart put my mind, books and lessons on a shelf and replaced them with verses, odes and uatrains.” (The Rubaiyat of Rumi, The Ergin Translations, Volume 1, Rubai 362).
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