Jalaluddin Rumi, the most renown Iranian mystic poet and one of
the most great spiritual masters and poetical geniuses of
mankind, was an astronomer as well, according to an Iranian
In her recently-published book “A Fresh Glance at Mowlana
Jalaluddin Rumi”, Dr. Shirin Bayani delves into a less-known
aspect of him, that of an astronomer. “So far literary and
mystic aspects of Rumi’s life have been explored,” she said.
“I have found out, however, that he was not only a great poet
and dervish, but also an expert of astronomy, whose knowledge of
stars and the universe is quite compatible with today’s
established facts on cosmos.
She argued that her book reveals Rumi’s discoveries on the
mystery of genesis cosmology. “Not all people can steer their
path by looking at stars/ But the astronomy-savvy Captain. This
and other verses points to his strong knowledge of the stars and
planets,” Dr. Bayani further explained.
Rumi was born in Iranian city of Wakhsh (now in Tajikistan)
under the administration of Balkh in 30 September 1207 to a
family of learned theologians. Escaping the Mongol invasion and
destruction, Rumi and his family traveled extensively in the
Iranian lands, performed pilgrimage to Mecca and finally settled
in Konya, Anatolia, then part of Iranian Empire at the time of
Saljuq dynasty. When his father Bahaduddin Valad passed away,
Rumi succeeded his father in 1231 as professor in religious
sciences. Rumi, 24 years old, was an already accomplished
scholar in religious and positive sciences.
He was introduced into the mystical path by a wandering dervish,
Shamsuddin of Tabriz. His love and his bereavement for the death
of Shams found their expression in a surge of music, dance and
lyric poems, `Divani Shamsi Tabrizi'. Rumi is the author of six
volume didactic epic work, the `Mathnawi', and discourses, `Fihi
ma Fihi', written to introduce his disciples into metaphysics.
When he died on December 17, 1273, men of five faiths followed
his bier. That night was named Sebul Arus (Night of Union). Ever
sine, the Mawlawi dervishes have kept that date as a festival.