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Previous Events:

The Timeless Message of
Rumi for the
Searchers of our Time
(in Farsi)
2nd February 2019

Religions' Sacred Teachings
and Their Inner Meanings
International Symposium
15th December 2013

Seeing God Everywhere:
Traversing the
Spiritual Journey
5th November 2011

An Ancient Psychology
for a Modern Era
The Journey of the ego self
to the Spiritual Self
International Symposium
4th December 2010

One Humanity, Many Faiths
Interfaith Summit
February 2009

Sufi Music and Zikr
by Al Madeheen
September 2008

Moulana Rumi and the
Perfume of Divine Love
International Symposium
December 2007

ABC Radio Interview
December 2007

UNESCO Moulana Congress
Tehran and Tabriz
October 2007

UNESCO Moulana Rumi
Istanbul and Konya
May 2007

Conference on the
Iranian Identity
December 2006

Dalai Lama meets
with Muslim and
Sufi leaders
April 2006

Sufi Meditation
on ABC Radio
April/May 2006

Life of Maryam (a.s.)
August 2005

The Unifying Role
Of Mysticism
International Symposium
October 2004

Peace and God Consciousness
- The Journey of the Soul
International Symposium
October 2003

Uniting & Dividing
Humanity - The role
politics & religion play
August 2003

Sufism & Self-Transformation
The Path of Knowledge
and Love
International Symposium
October 2002

An Evening with
Claudio Naranjo
September 2002

Unity Within Diversity
November 2001

The Message of Moulana Rumi
"Listen to the Reed
How it Tells its Tale...."
International Symposium
November 2000

The Need for Sufism in a
New Century - An Old
Tradition for a New World
International Symposium
May 2000

Previous Event:

The Timeless Message of Rumi
for The Searchers of our Time
His Transformative Teachings in the Masnavi

February 2019

The Australian Centre for Sufism and Irfanic Studies hosted Dr Esfandiar from Tehran's Azad University to talk on Moulana Rumi's timeless message.

Fleur Nassery Bonnin

In introducing Dr Esfandiar, Fleur Nassery Bonnin spoke about how Moulana Rumi dedicated the precious latter part of his life to writing his Magnum Opus, The Masnavi, about which Rumi himself said:

"These words are the ladder to heaven
          Whoever ascends it ends up there"

In the Masnavi, Rumi takes the role of a teacher and a guide who has full knowledge of the existential needs of man beyond the constrictions of time and place. He uses stories and parables as vessels to carry his profound teachings and guidance towards the ultimate destination - which is man's inner reality instead of the borrowed ego-personality. However to receive and realise these transformative teachings is not easy for the busy and distracted person of the present time. Adding to the problem is the lack of familiarity with Rumi's language as well as the subtlety of his allusions to deeper meanings. Readers of the Masnavi are often caught by the beauty of the outer language and stories and cannot go beyond them to unravel their hidden secrets. Rumi alludes to this himself at the beginning of the Masnavi, where he says:

"My secret is not far from My outcry
          But eyes and ears do not possess that Light"

Dr Mahmoodreza Esfandiar

Dr Esfandiar spoke about the essential features of Rumi's message and then applied these teachings to the spiritual journey that each person has been created to be able to take.

Dr Esfandiar's lecture was in Farsi; it was so well received that the audience asked for follow up sessions during his time in Sydney.

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