Shunia: "Breeze at Dawn" is a Magical Interpretation of Rumi Poem

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want.
Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions. People of many countries have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. Rumi has been described as the "most popular poet" and the "best selling poet" in the United States.

Rumi believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. Rumi encouraged listening to music and twirling, or doing the sacred dance. The dance represents a mystical journey in which the seeker symbolically turns towards the truth, grows through love, and finds the truth. The seeker then returns from this journey, with greater maturity, to love and to be of service to the whole of creation without regard to beliefs, races, classes and nations. It was from these ideas that the practice of whirling Dervishes developed.

Rumi's poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and today Rumi's poems can be heard in churches, synagogues, Zen monasteries, as well as in the downtown New York art/performance/music scene. Recordings of Rumi poems have made it to the USA's Billboard's Top 20 list. A selection of his love poems have been performed by artists such as Madonna, Goldie Hawn, Philip Glass and Demi Moore.

Lisa from Shunia speaks about "Breeze at Dawn":
I first heard about Rumi's poetry from one of my meditation teachers many years ago. She gave me a book of his poems and said, "Read this, wake up! And don't go back to sleep!"

A favorite line from this is poem is, "where the two worlds touch." I believe this speaks to our experience here on earth, we are both spirit and human. To realize this allows the magic to happen. When we were putting this album together, I wanted to incorporate this poem because it reminds me that life is such a gift.

Shunia Album Track List (Playing Time)

Sa Re Sa Sa (4:54)
Breeze At Dawn (4:12)
Alleluia (6:51)
Akal (6:48)
Har Hare Han Wahe Guru (6:21)
Ang Sang Wahe Guru (6:42)
Ong Namo (5:37)
Sa Ta Na Ma (8:27)

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