Listen to the bamboo flute, how it complains,
Lamenting his banishment:
Since they separated me from my root,
My plaintive notes draw tears from men and women.
My chest breaks, struggling to release my sighs,
And express the fits of aud for my place.
One who lives far from his home
He is always looking forward to the day when he will return.
My lament is heard by everyone,
In harmony with those who rejoice and those who mourn.
Cad one interprets my notes according to their feelings.
But no one penetrates the secrets of my heart.
My secrets do not differ from my plaintive notes,
And yet they do not manifest themselves to the sensual ear (…).
The flute's wail is fire, not pure air.
May he who lacks that fire be presumed dead!
It is the fire of love that inspires the flute,
It is love that ferments the wine.
The flute is the confidant of unhappy lovers;
Yes, its melody lays bare my most intimate secrets (…)
Masnavi's first book opens with the beautiful prologue of the flute's lament. The Masnavi is a series of six poetry books comprising approximately 25,000 verses or 50,000 lines. It is a spiritual text that teaches Sufis how to reach their goal of being truly in love with God. The Masnavi is a poetic collection of anecdotes and stories derived from the Quran, hadith sources and daily stories. Stories are told to illustrate a point and cad moral is discussed in detail. It incorporates a variety of Islamic wisdom, but focuses primarily on emphasizing personal Sufi internal interpretation.
Rumi (1207-1273) was a 13th-century Persian poet and spiritual teacher. Rumi spent most of the last years of his life cad to finishing his masterpiece of Sufism (mystical and contemplative wisdom of Islam) “Masnavi”, which is one of the most well-known and influential works of Sufism.