Thanks Loopy for the following link:
Life and words of the popular 13th-century Persian poet have special meaning for a 21st-century world torn by war, genocide and hatred. Jonathan Curiel, SFGate:
“During the last decades of his life, the Persian poet Rumi was surrounded by news of terrorism, just as we are eight centuries later. Those were the days of Mongol invasions that swept past the steppes of Asia into Anatolia, the Near East and other areas of geographical importance. Mass murders from war — what today would be called genocide and ethnic cleansing — were a routine part of Rumi’s 13th-century world.
So, where’s the bloodshed in Rumi’s writing? Where are all the parables about gore and conflict and Mongol atrocities?
Nowhere, really, say Rumi scholars … ‘Every enemy is your medicine … your beneficial alchemy and heart healing‘ Rumi says … ” read the article
Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, idolater, worshiper of fire,
Come even though you have broken your vows a thousand times,
Come, and come yet again … Ours is not a caravan of despair