The Perception of Human in the Theology of Jalalu
Author: RAMAZAN ALTINTAS
Published in GVER, Vol. 6 No. 1
Jalalu’din al-Rumi is a Turkish sufi and was born in Balkh. He is one of the greatest of Sufi poets. The principal work of Rumi is his massive Mathnawi. Rumi is also a philosopher. He taught the Sufi doctrine that the chief end of life is to liberate oneself from human thoughts and wishes, human needs, and the outward impressions of the senses, so that one may become a mere mirror for the God. So bowdlerized an essence does one's mind become that it is as nearly as possible nothing, yet while in this state it can, by a union with the Divine Essence, mysteriously become the All. The general theme of Rumi's thought is essentially that of the concept of Tawhid. Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry, and dance as a path for reaching God. For Rumi, God is the ground as well as the goal of all existence. For Rumi, religion was mostly a personal experience and not limited to logical arguments or perceptions of the senses.