Jalal al-Din Rumi (c. 1207-73) is a famous Muslim mystic and poet. Fleeing the Mongol invaders, his family emigrated from Balkh (in modern Afghanistan) to Konya (a city now in central Turkey).
Rumi began his career as a preacher and theologian, but after meeting a dervish, he became a mystic, or Sufi. His followers formed the Mevlevi order of dervishes, sometimes known in the West as the "whirling dervishes," after their dance that emulates the movement of planets on their journey of spiritual fulfillment. Rumi wrote the largest corpus of lyric poetry in the Persian language, amounting to 40,000 couplets, as well as a 25,000 couplet epic, the Mathnavi. Rumi's poetry has universal appeal; he is today the best selling poet in the USA.
Synopsis: Rumi Returning is the tragic, triumphant biography of an 800 year old mystic who is the best selling poet in America as well as one of the great masters of Sufism. Broadcast on over 300 PBS stations through American Public Television, the documentary fills the screen with the ancient locations of Rumi s life in Afghanistan and Turkey, evocative poetic imagery equal to this Shakespeare of the soul , and the ecstatic music and dance of the whirling dervishes he inspired. Rumi Returning screened to sold out audiences at festivals worldwide prior to the television release. In its Autumn 2008 issue the Light of Consciousness Journal noted that the remarkable aspect of this film is the heart and soul that went into its creation