Here is a rather ‘serious’ record. Hindi recitations of the great Sufi Jalaludin Rumi by the Indian spiritualist Anandmurti Gurumaa.
The music –such as there is—is pleasant and sparse. Dervish flutes, a hand beaten drum and some electronic keyboards, but the focus is on the poetry and philosophy. I suppose this is a ‘new age’ record for followers of either/both Rumi or Gurumaa.
I find it peaceful. The translations which Gurumaa reads/recites are simple and her voice does have a calming effect. If you’re not into poetry, or spiritual things, don’t waste much time on this. But if you are, then this is a good record to return to from time to time.
Anandmurti Gurumaa also known as Gurumaa born in Amritsar, Punjab India, is a modern day spiritual master. She has followers of many faiths including Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.
Anandmurti means “an embodiment of Divine Bliss” and Gurumaa means “Master Mother” in Hindi. Gurumaa teaches the disciplines of meditation, yoga, present moment awareness and self-realisation, using meditation techniques from yoga, zen, tantra, sufism, sikhism, buddhism and devised methods. Gurumaa’s core teachings include meditation, self-realization, evolving consciousness and non-duality.
Gurumaa was born on 8 April 1966 at Amritsar in Punjab, India. She was educated in a convent school graduated in arts. In her childhood she used to accompany her mother to spiritual discourses, gatherings, satsangs. She would also have assemblies of sadhus coming to her home. Some of the friendly mahatmas would speak to her.
Gurumaa is said to have attained enlightenment at the age of 16. She says she didn’t put in years of austerity for enlightenment and she was a normal girl who used to enjoy all games, sports and extra-curricular activities, which she continued after college.
Gurumaa’s discourses started coming daily on Sony Entertainment Television in the morning in 1999 and her popularity started increasing. Her followers started organising meditation camps in Rishikesh twice a year. She established an ashram in the Ganaur area of Sonepat district in Haryana. Since the ashram had a limited residential capacity of around 500 people, she started conducting different meditation camps for people of different regions.
Gurumaa conducted a series of discourses on various spiritual texts of Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Buddhism like Bhagavad Gita, Japji Sahib, Rehraas Sahib, Jaap Sahib of Guru Granth Sahib, Guru Gita, Shankaracharya‘s Nirvana Shatkam and Bhaja Govindam,Narada Bhakti Sutra. Also including the poetry of Sufi mystics like Baba Bulle Shah, Baba Farid and Rumi. Sony discontinued airing Gurumaa’s discourses in 2007. (Wikipedia)
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions.
Iranians, Tajiks, Turkish, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. Rumi has been described as the “most popular poet” and the “best selling poet” in the United States.
Rumi’s works are written mostly in Persian, but occasionally he also used Greek, Arabic, and Turkish in his verse. His Mathnawī, composed in Konya, remains one of the purest literary glories of the Persian language.His works are widely read today in their original language across Greater Iran and the Persian-speaking world. Translations of his works are very popular, most notably in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the United States, and South Asia. His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of some other Turkic, Iranian, and Indo-Aryan languages including Chagatai, Pashto, and Bengali. (Wikipedia)
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