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Context. It was nice to hear more about Rumi's life and his influence within and across cultures over the centuries. I just recently discovered his work, and have greatly savored a single poem a day this year, using Coleman Bark's A Year with Rumi. He has been a good traveling companion during a period of transition in which I have found people who speak my language few and far between. How amazing it is to me that the language of the soul again and again crosses the barriers thrown up by time, culture, religion, and gender. Rumi is a perfect example of this. Finding him was a great gift. Much needed. Much appreciated.