Monday, July 7, 2014

100 Ways to Kneel & Kiss the Ground

Coleman Barks, an eminent scholar of Rumi's poetry is well-renowned for his translations and interpretations of Rumi's poems. One major book title is The Essential Rumi, with two book cover versions shown.

As part of the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver, BC, on Saturday night, I attended "100 Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground" named after one of Rumi's poems.

Rumi (short in America for Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi or Jalaluddin Rumi) was amongst other things, a 13th-century Persian poet. He has actually been described as the "most popular poet in America" and the "best selling poet in the US" according to

Here is a snippet of one of his poems as recited by Coleman Barks: .

Do you love poetry and if so, what kind? Are you familiar with or interested in Rumi's poetry?


  1. That was a beautifully profound video Elly. I love a lot of Rumi's quotes but I never really bothered to find out much about him. Thanks for this wonderful share :)

  2. Thanks Vinodini. Wish I could say I shot the video! ;) Check out today's as well as there is another such video: enjoy. :) <3

  3. Beautiful post! I love poetry..
    "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there."~ Rumi

  4. Thanks payal! You may enjoy the next few postings then! Enjoy! ;) <3