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The Ocean in a Drop | The Poetry and Philosophy of Rumi


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“You think yourself just a drop within the Ocean, but you are also the Ocean in a drop."

The Ocean in a Drop is a 30 day immersion into the poetry and teachings of the world's greatest mystical poet. No one has united the qualities of spiritual master and literary genius to a greater extent than Jalaludeen Rumi. After his spiritual awakening at the hands of Shams, an unceasing outpouring of ecstatic poetry and spiritual wisdom flowed through Rumi to open the hearts of all who would listen. Rumi wrote not just to entertain or inspire but to draw his readers and listeners to a higher state of consciousness and self-realization. We will engage in reading and reflection on the major themes, metaphors and symbols he uses to enlighten us to the nature of the world and the human soul. In addition to a close reading of his poetry, we will explore his life, his relationship with Shams, the Sema (whirling ceremony), and the Sufi order he established.

Each day we will meditate upon one of Rumi’s poems and to write our own poetic reflection. Each week we will focus on a major theme of Rumi’s work—clarifying symbols, explaining references, and esoteric meanings. We will also consider popular mistranslations and misconceptions of Rumi’s words and compare them to the original meanings. All of this will be with an eye toward Rumi's goal of awakening us to our true nature.

The course consists of four units (corresponding to the four weeks of the course). We will have weekly videos, readings, and writing prompts that can be done at your own convenience.

There will be a closed Facebook group that serves as our digital classroom where all are invited to share their reflections, comments and questions.

There will also we a daily selection from Rumi’s poetry to frame our daily writings, reflections and meditations.

All of the above can be done at your own convenience.

Lastly, there will be a live session each Saturday. The live sessions are opportunities for participants to share their writings, reflections and questions related to the weekly material.
Live sessions are usually 10am pst/1pm est - but we do our best to accommodate all time zones.
The live sessions will be recorded and uploaded for those who are unable to make them so don’t worry if you are not able to make the session that week.

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