Listen to the bamboo flute, as he complains,
Lamenting his exile:
Since they separated me from my roots,
My plaintive notes bring tears to men and women.
My chest breaks, struggling to release my sighs,
And expressing the attacks of longing for my place.
the one who lives far from home
He's always looking forward to the day he comes back.
My lament is heard for everyone,
In harmony with those who rejoice and those who cry.
Each one interprets my notes according to their feelings.
But no one penetrates the secrets of my heart.
My secrets don't clash with my complaining notes,
And yet they do not manifest themselves to the sensual ear (…).
The whine of the flute is fire, not pure air.
Let the one who lacks this fire be considered dead!
It's the fire of love that inspires the flute,
It is love that ferments the wine.
The flute is the confidant of unhappy lovers;
Yes, your melody lays bare my innermost secrets (...)
Masnavi's first book opens with the beautiful prologue to the lament of the flute. Masnavi is a series of six poetry books that add approximately 25,000 verses or 50,000 lines. It is a spiritual text that teaches Sufis to reach their goal of being truly in love with God. Masnavi is a poetic collection of anecdotes and stories derived from the Qur'an, hadith sources and daily stories. Stories are told to illustrate a point and each moral is discussed in detail. It embodies a variety of Islamic wisdom, but focuses primarily on emphasizing the personal Sufi internal interpretation.
Rumi (1207-1273) was a thirteenth-century Persian poet and spiritual teacher. Rumi spent most of the last years of his life dedicated to finishing his masterpiece of Sufism (mystical and contemplative wisdom of Islam) “Masnavi”, which is one of the best known and most influential works of Sufism.