Rumi and Shams
 by Lisa de St. Croix


 Shams you are the Sun

Dispelling darkness

Rumi you are the one

I have been searching for

We engage in mystical communion

Reciting poetry

Whirling in dance to reach the divine

Gazing into the beloved's eyes

Love makes everything it touches sacred



Through sacred gaze

Enter the realm of the divine

Uniting in ecstatic mystical communion

Rumi was born in 1207, as Jalal ad-kin Muhammad Balkhi, in the Persian Empire. He lived most of his life in Konya, Turkey. His father was a Muslim scholar and mystic and Rumi followed in his footsteps as a Sufi mystic teaching in a community of dervishes. 

In 1244 Rumi met Shams of Tabriz - a wandering dervish. Tabriz is in modern day Iran.  As Shams wandered, he asked Allah to bring him a companion and a vision guided him to Konya and Rumi. They spent 40 days in seclusion in a state of Sobhet - ecstatic mystical communion, conversing and gazing at each other. Rumi’s students were jealous and Shams was possibly murdered by them. After Shams disappeared Rumi poured his soul into his poetry and whirling dance. 


We came whirling out of nothingness,

Scattering stars like dust

The stars made a circle

And in the middle we dance



Why should I seek

I am the same as He

His essence speaks through me

I have been looking for myself

Shams of Tabriz


Love's greatest gift is its ability to

Make everything it touches sacred



Sacred Union is a deck in progress to be published in 2022