About the Book
Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) was a scholar, mystic, saint, theologian and litterateur of eminence of Iran. He offered the world the greatest political work, a vade-mecum of Sufis, the Masnavi in six stupendous volumes styled and honoured as a veritable the Quran in Pehalvi. This earned for him the coveted title Sultane Ullume. His greatest collection of odes is styled Diwan Shams Tabiaz. The only prose work that is ascribed to Rumi and which contains his brilliant exposition of the tenets of the Quran and the Traditions is Fiha-Ma-Fiha, the Persian work which contains the instructions, he gave to people coming to him, as also the answers to various queries and the secrets of Mystic way.
They are answers mostly given to the Prime Minister Amir Parwana. It contains his illuminating elucidation of Mansurs statement, I am Truth. He discusses the ephemeral nature of the world and its activities, the superiority of Islam over Christianity and of Muhammad over Christ. His emphasis on dance and music in Sama is very helpful in waking up dormant spiritual secrets in man. His discussion extends to many spiritual matters like the various aspects of Namaz and prayers. The reader will enjoy this work as it was discovered in the beginning of this century by Prof Nicholson in Turkey. On it, he read a paper before Royal Asiatic Society. He also sent its copy to Dr. Bankey Behari to translate it into English in 1930s. But as he renounced his legal practice in 1940 and became hermit of Vrindaban, he completed its translation in 1971, four years before his departure to Goloka dhama.
About the Author
Dr. Bankey Behari was a scholar of Persian, Urdu and English. In addition to other scholarly books he translated many books on Sufism like Iran ke Sufism l
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