Acts of Kindness: #GivingTuesday 2017

 #GivingTuesday - November 2017

#GivingTuesday - November 2017

“Your act of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, 
which linger and continue to uplift others
long after your sharing.”   ~ Rumi

Rumi’s message of love is as important now as it was in the 13th century. His words of wisdom continue to resonate around the world and are at the center of our mission: self-reflection, tolerance, and love towards oneself and others. 

The Rumi Educational Center is carrying on this legacy in America and for the wider world. In addition to completing our formation as a non-profit organization in 2017, we also have:

  • Expanded our online outreach by sending out a weekly quote from Rumi to 700 people
  • Presented a weekend retreat, “What Is Love?” at La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara from February 10-12, 2017
  • As the Santa Barbara chapter of “Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom,” helped to facilitate a monthly interfaith meeting
  • Developed more programs for delivery online
  • Expanded research through collaboration with other nonprofits to offer Rumi’s teachings in the field of mental health

We are excited by the response we have received and will be expanding our work with new programs, online courses, and a curriculum for children and young people. 

We ask for your help in bringing Rumi’s message to more people. The Rumi Educational Center is a nonprofit organization, and your financial support is critical. Your tax-deductible contribution can help bring Rumi’s healing message out into this wounded world.

For those who have contributed in 2017, thank you again for your generous support. We hope that you will continue to partner with us in our commitment to promote Rumi’s messages of peace, universal love, and tolerance in our troubled times.

Fariba Enteshari, Ed.D.
Executive Director

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Rumi Online Course in Development

Rumi Educational Center is developing our first online course to share the message of Rumi. We would love for your support in helping us offer these teachings in a bigger way this year. To offer support, visit our donation page or click the link above. 

In Celebration of Rumi's Birthday, 2016

Today, we celebrate Jala Al Din Rumi's birthday!

Rumi was born on September 30, 1207. The truth of his teaching is as powerful and as needed now, as it was 800 years ago. It is our joy to carry the torch of his wisdom teachings and continue to brighten the path of people who seek enlightenment. Rumi described himself as the midwife who can help us to give birth to the essence of who we are. 

In your light I learn how to love. 
In your beauty, how to make poems. 
You dance inside my chest
where no-one sees you, 
but sometimes I do, 
and that sight becomes
this art.


Why Rumi Today?

"The world is within you and the whole world is springing up from it." - Rumi

Jalal Al Din Rumi’s poetry takes us to a world within and invites us to explore the hidden dimensions of our journey inward. A world with vivid images dances within us once we open our hearts to Rumi’s poetry, allowing a magical spell to run through our existence.  We become more alive, wide open and awake to the world around us. Who we are and what we are doing here becomes the quest of our journey.

Creation designed us to want to become better human beings every moment of our lives. The search for happiness and the attainment of eternal bliss are strong motives behind our actions. Our educational system, our society, parents, teachers, and eventually the school of life show us the ways to improvement and empowerment. How do we achieve our goals in this age of information where we are bombarded with technology and information that do not necessarily help us? Our wanting becomes the driving force of our behavior throughout our lives. We feel attracted to many directions in life; not knowing which one of these directions will take us to the core of our being. 

Rumi’s teachings invite us to an inward journey. This journey takes us from the path of duality to the path of Unity. Body, mind and soul unify only when we pay attention to the world within us

Rumi’s teachings invite us to an inward journey. This journey takes us from the path of duality to the path of Unity. Body, mind and soul unify only when we pay attention to the world within us. 

Rumi’s poetry has become the center of my life. The images in Rumi’s stories have healed many people who have opened their hearts to the most powerful spiritual educator of our time.

Teachings from the book of Mathnawi, the book of enlightenment, take the readers step by step to meet God within themselves. The wisdom of Rumi’s teaching is hidden in verses of his poetry. His teaching aids the spiritual elevation of society. 

Let’s keep working together on our wonderful mission! We have a unique opportunity to bring these spiritual teachings to the world’s attention, to heal the wounds of war and strife and to advance the policies of peace. 

Embracing You with Love,

Fariba Enteshari