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Rumi and Pilgrimage to Konya

Dear PIMC friends, 
 
I am responding to the interesting New Yorker article about Rumi and his poetry in the West. 
 
The article speaks about removing the Islam from Rumi’s poetry to make it more palatable for a Western audience. I suppose this can, has and does happen and should be avoided. I believe, however, that to approach Rumi at that scholarly, cultural and historical level is to miss the meaning and practice of his timeless mystical teachings. 
 

Rumi and Pilgrimage to Konya

Dear PIMC friends, 
 
I am responding to the interesting New Yorker article about Rumi and his poetry in the West. 
 
The article speaks about removing the Islam from Rumi’s poetry to make it more palatable for a Western audience. I suppose this can, has and does happen and should be avoided. I believe, however, that to approach Rumi at that scholarly, cultural and historical level is to miss the meaning and practice of his timeless mystical teachings.