Rumi was born in 1207 in Persia in the city of Balkh in what is present-day Afghanistan. Rumi was a wealthy nobleman, theologian, and scholar. When he was in his late thirties he met Shams a wandering mystic. Shams was in his sixties. Rumi credits shams with transforming him from a sober scholar to a seeker of truth and love. A couple of years later Shams was gone and Rumi was grief-stricken. Out of his grief came the poetry. This poetry is collected into two epic books named, Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi and Masnavi/Mathnawi.
Is Rumi and Shams story the greatest love story ever known? Was it a great master-student relationship or did it transcend into a true union of souls that disregarded gender, class, or age? That is for you to decide. Me I think of Rumi as pure love and of poetry as the voice of the heart. Shams was the key that unlocked Rumi’s heart.