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In this episode, we explore the work of Rumi, 13th century Sufi mystic and poet. Rumi gives us insight into how to approach life through devotional love and creativity. We discuss:

  • The meaning of the “Guest House” and how we can use that wisdom in our everyday life
  • A discussion of Rumi’s most popular quotes
  • How Devotional Love or Bhakti Yoga is expressed through Rumi, and what can it teach us about overcoming struggles in life

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Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. We have an exciting episode for you today, continuing our series on the great minds of philosophy. we’re talking about Rumi today, which is one of my favorite philosophers, poets, and mystics. I want to remind you before we begin to subscribe to our channel, if you’re watching us on YouTube, just press the button here in the corner. If you are listening to us on one of the podcast services, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode of Soul Sessions. We probably could talk for hours about Rumi, but we’ll try to keep it at a reasonable amount. But it’s wonderful, reading his poetry just takes you to another place.

Robert Maldonado  01:21

He’s a very popular poet. It’s amazing to see how somebody from the Middle Ages can have such a big influence on current culture. One of the points I wanted to make about this, we want to dedicate this to all our friends in the Middle East, who have been great friends to us and our company throughout the years. We hope you understand that we mean our talk in respect, honor, and great admiration of Rumi’s poetry in mind. He was a great student of mysticism. The point is that we need mysticism. There’s nothing wrong with science in the rationale, the logical perspective of “Let’s weigh everything, let’s measure it, let’s figure out how things work.” It’s a great thing, no doubt. But we also have a mystical side in us that can’t be denied. If you deny it, if you suppress it, if you don’t give people the ability to express and cultivate that, you’re asking for trouble because human beings become lopsided, materialistic and just focused on the external.

Debra Maldonado  02:43

Super logical and rational. Many people have lost that ability for, they crave it though. That’s why his work is still impactful on modern culture today, because it touches a soul in someone, awakens something in them. When I first read Rumi, I was thinking he was talking about a woman, he’s in love. It was a really romantic idea. When we first met, you actually quoted Rumi to me, do you remember that? It was just so rich with feeling, emotion, and passion. When I realized it was about God, about the love of the Divine, it just gave even a bigger shift in me to read it that way. A beautiful contribution to our world. When we talk about what it is, it’s a deeper philosophy that carried from way before he was born.

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