How did a 13th-century Sufi mystic from Central Asia become the most widely read poet in the United States? Why did UNESCO declare 2007 as "the year of Jalaluddin Rumi"? This Global Spirit program brings together two distinguished studio guests from different cultural traditions: Sufi sheik Kabir Helminski of the Mevlevi Sufi tradition, and Iranian filmmaker and multi-lingual website host Parisa Soultani, who presents portraits of Rumi "lovers" from her "gathering of lovers" project.This program... [see more] mixes knowledgeable, in-depth conversations with evocative film segments from Turkey, Iran, and the USA to explore the depths of Rumi's poetry and teachings. Host Phil Cousineau explores questions such as: What do Rumi's poetry and message have to offer to raise religious tolerance in today's world? What does Rumi's perspective offer to discussions of extremism? What is Rumi's concept of divine Love, or "Iskh," and how is this love similar or different than what other great teachers, such as Jesus, taught?
For thousands of years, people from all cultures and religious traditions have entertained universal questions about who we are and why we are here. The series presents views from many different religions and belief systems. With intros by John Cleese who has a strong interest in these kinds of programs, Global Spirit blends compelling film segments with engaging conversations with such people as Deepak Chopra, Karen Armstrong and Robert Thuerman to shed light on our deepest eternal questions around the human quest for meaning, truth and wisdom.