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Rumi’s Circle with whirling dervishes from The Threshold Society are pleased to announce the 2015 celebration of Mevlana Rumi’s Urs, the anniversary of his union with the Beloved.
Join us for an uplifting evening with renowned musicians Amir Koushkani, Sarah Yaseen, Ali Nourbakhsh & Mina Salama.
We will be sharing music and poetry on the theme of “Receiving Spirit: Mary & Muhammad”.
Buy your tickets here: rumiscircle.eventbrite.co.uk
Groups of 5 or more: £12.50
Please note that the £12.50 (each) rate for groups of 5 or more is to ease the financial burden on those who are coming as a family. For others if there is difficulty then we offer the concession of £15. Rumi’s Circle is a not for profit organisation and is largely self-funding.
Doors open at 6.30pm, performance begins promptly at 7pm.
Sunday 13th Dec: Delius Arts Centre, 29 Great Horton Rd, Bradford BD7 1AA
Friday 18th Dec: St Mark’s Church, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX
Do share the event and bring your family and friends!
The Squinting Which Is Duality
It was the era of Jesus and the turn was his:
he was the soul of Moses, and Moses the soul of him,
but the squinting king made it seem they were two,
those Messengers of God who really were as one.
A master said to a squinting student,
“Come here, and bring me that bottle.”
Said the squint-eyed one: “Which of the bottles
shall I bring to you? Let me know.”
“There aren’t two bottles,” said the master.
“Stop squinting, don’t double them.”
“O master,” he said, “don’t scold me.”
The master replied, “Ok, then smash one of them!”
The bottle was one; though to his eyes it seemed two,
And when he broke that bottle, nothing was left.
When one was broken, both vanished from sight.
Anger and lust make a man squint;
they cloud the spirit so it strays from truth.
When self-interest appears, virtue hides:
a hundred veils rise between the heart and the eye.
[Mathnawi I: 325-334, The Rumi Daybook, tr. by Kabir & Camille Helminski]