United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organize a special cultural event on September 6th, celebrating the 800th birthday of Jalal ud-Din Rumi (Mevlana).
The event, which will be organized upon Turkey's endeavours and with Iran and Afghanistan's participation, will start with a conference on Mevlana's life and philosophy.
Renowned Turkish academicians such as Prof. Kenan Gursoy, Prof. Talat Halman and Prof. Mahmut Esat Kilic will deliver speeches at the conference during which scientists from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and France will make several presentations.
Within the framework of the celebrations, an exhibition on Mevlana's life will open and a Mevlevi ritual will be displayed as well.
Jalal ud-Din Muhammed Rumi, who is also known as Mevlana, was great thinker and founder of the Mevlevi Order.
Mevlana was born on September 30th, 1207 in Balkh in present day Afghanistan. He died in Konya on December 17th, 1273. He was laid to eternal rest beside his father and over his remains in a splendid shrine was erected in Konya.
Mevlana devoted himself to the pursuit of Sufi mysticism, in which he was justly regarded as the supreme master. He was the spiritual founder of the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes.
His most important work, composed during the last ten years of his life, is the Mathnawi-i Manawi (Mesnevi). This comprises about thirty thousand couplets in six books, a vast compendium of Sufi lore and doctrine, interspersed with fables and anecdotes. It is especially remarkable for its insight into the laws of physics and psychology.
"Come, come again, whoever you are, come! Heathen, fire worshipper or idiolatrous, come! Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times. Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are," is his famous motto that has been seen as a symbol of tolerance and love for centuries.
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