What can we learn from the universal message from Rumi about our humanity in times of crisis that call for resilience, compassion, solidarity, and unity?
Within the framework of the International Rumi Year 2023 we are organizing an earthquake relief support event with Esin Çelebi Bayru, the 22nd generation granddaughter of Rumi organized by the International Mevlana Foundation The Netherlands, VU Diversity Office, Student Association Anatolia, Yunus Emre Institute and in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. ~ Rumi
It is the International Rumi Year 2023. This year we commemorate that 750 years ago Rumi left this world. His universal message, teachings, and poetry are more valid and necessary than ever before in this age. It is a great source of hope and inspiration for mankind to build bridges across generations, countries, cultures, religions, and disciplines. We are facing multiple crises globally, from earthquakes to the climate crisis, to wars and the pandemic. What can we learn from the universal message and teachings of Rumi in dealing with the crises of our time, resilience, compassion, solidarity, and unity?
Everything that happens in life presents a lesson to us; as long as we can see. It is a path to finding knowledge on how to balance the inner and outer aspects of our lives. That balance carries us further. It is what we learn from Hz. Mevlâna teachings. ~ from the book Love is Something Beautiful by Esin Çelebi Bayru
Esin Çelebi Bayru is the 22nd generation granddaughter of Rumi and is coming to The Netherlands. She is the vice president of the International Mevlana Foundation. Esin Çelebi recently published the book ‘Love is Something Beautiful’ in which she portrays her experiences with her rich family heritage through the history of the Mevlevi tradition. Her message is to pass the teachings and heritage on to future generations.
We will gather in the auditorium of VU University in Amsterdam to be in dialogue with Esin Çelebi about responding to the challenges in our lives as learning opportunities and to find a sense of meaning and purpose. There will be an opportunity for young people to ask questions to her and her daughter Azra Kumcuoğlu.
Afterwards, we have an open space to continue the conversation together with some bites and drinks. You are very much welcome to join us!
In real existence there is only unity. ~ Rumi
This program is part of a larger earthquake relief support program that includes an educational excursion to the ‘Turkish Cabinet’ and the ‘Whirling Dervishes’ collection in the Rijksmuseum and a program at the Yunus Emre Institute within the framework of International Mevlana Year 2023.