Tolerance, peace and compassion – the message of the thirteenth century Sufi and Persian poet, Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi continues to be relevant even today – centuries after he left the world. Although, he was a Muslim scholar and took Islam seriously, the depth of his spiritual vision extended beyond narrow sectarian concerns. Maulana Rumi believed that there is only one Supreme Power, which is responsible for the well-being of every living being.
At a time when misunderstanding and conflict in the name of religion abounds, the message of Maulana Rumi, one of the world’s best known spiritual masters about universalistic understanding of spirituality, will help the mankind, irrespective of their religion to transcend the narrow manmade boundaries. According to Rumi, spirituality is not bound just by one’s own religion but is beyond that. The people in general and youth in particular need to take lessons from the message of Maulana Rumi for building a healthy society and a prosperous country.