Rumi: the Supreme Mystical Guide with Andrew Harvey


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Program Description

There is probably no one more qualified to illuminate the life and work of Jalaluddin Rumi, the great thirteenth-century Sufi mystic and poet, than Andrew Harvey, who possesses the very eloquence and passion he admires in Rumi’s work. Harvey likens Rumi to Buddha, Ramakrishna, Shakespeare and Jesus Christ: “For me, I’ve come to understand the heart of Christ through the heart of Rumi; they seem to me to be linked in the enterprise of bringing all human beings into the fire of the sacred heart.” Discover the fire, the madness, the passion and the mystery that is Rumi, revived by a man born to translate his “absolutely lucid but totally molten speech of the Divine heart itself.”

Harvey was raised in India and educated at Oxford. He is a renowned and distinguished mystical scholar, Rumi translator and explicator, poet, novelist, spiritual teacher and writer, and architect of Sacred Activism. He is the author of many books including Light Upon Light: Inspirations from Rumi (Meeramma 1988), Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening (Henry Holt 1991), The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi (North Atlantic 1994), The Direct Path (Broadway Books 2000), Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ (Tarcher/Putnam 1998), Return to the Mother (Tarcher 2000), Light Upon Light (Tarcher 2004), Teachings of Rumi (Shambhala 1999), A Journey to Ladakh: Encounters with Buddhism (Mariner 2000), and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism (Hay House, August 2009). He is also the Founder/ Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism. To learn more about the work of Andrew Harvey go to

Topics Explored in this Dialogue:

  • Why the life and work of Rumi is relevant in today’s world
  • What is Rumi’s connection to the Divine
  • How the teacher-student relationship can be beneficial or dangerous
  • Where to find Rumi’s passion in today’s world
  • What Rumi might be doing if he were alive today

Program Number: 2647                    Host: Michael Toms               Interview Date: 7/18/1997


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