|Occupation||Performance Poet, Author, Translator, Teacher of Advanced Spirituality, Lecturer and Recording Artist.|
Shahram Shiva (Persian: شهرام شیوا) is a performance poet, award-winning translator, scholar, author, teacher of advanced spirituality, lecturer, and a recording artist, whose principal subject is Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet. Shahram Shiva is one of the original popularizers of Rumi in the West.
Shahram Shiva was born in Persia to a family of Jewish heritage and migrated to the US in his mid teens. He began translating Rumi's poetry as a young prodigy in 1988.
Since 2009 Shahram Shiva has expanded his repertoire to include new original lyrics and songs. In addition to performances, he conducts talks and lectures on the future of spirituality, consciousness expansion, vision manifestation and freeing the mind from the bondage of dogma and other methods of control.
Shahram Shiva has also devised a new, breakthrough method in teaching the meditative whirling movement, where he has been conducting group workshops since 1995.
Since 1992, Shahram Shiva has been presenting concerts at numerous venues, including the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Joyce Theater, Kripalu Center, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, New York Open Center, Yale University, Columbia University, and New York University, among many others.
- The Prophet Is You: The Future of Spirituality. Not published yet.
- Rumi, Thief of Sleep: Quatrains from the Persian. Foreword by Deepak Chopra. Hohm Press.
- Hush, Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi. Jain Publishing.
- Rending the Veil: Literal and Poetic Translations of Rumi. Hohm Press. (Recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award)
- A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi. Bantam Books.
- Love Evolve, a collection of 10 songs. A mix of Rumi poetry set to music, and original songs with lyrics by Shahram Shiva. Produced by the GRAMMY Award-winner Danny Blume and Shahram Shiva.
- Rumi: Lovedrunk (Remastered), 2012 Release. A remastered release with enhanced sound and new cover design. A collection of 10 songs with lyrics based on Rumi poems, as translated and interpreted by Shahram Shiva. Produced by Olivier Glissant and Shahram Shiva.
- Rumi: Lovedrunk, a collection of 10 songs with lyrics based on Rumi poems, as translated and interpreted by Shahram Shiva. Produced by Olivier Glissant and Shahram Shiva.
Awards & Grants
- "Benjamin Franklin Award" (1996) Best Book in Religion Category by Independent Book Publishers Association for Shiva's "Rending the Veil: Literal and Poetic Translations of Rumi" (1995, HOHM Press).
- "Merchant & Ivory Foundation Grant" (1994) by Merchant Ivory Productions for Shiva's "Rending the Veil: Literal and Poetic Translations of Rumi" (1995, HOHM Press).
- Shahram Shiva is of Persian Jewish heritage. His direct ancestors migrated from Jerusalem to Persia 2,700 years ago.
- He is a professional photographer with numerous images in print.
- He is an expert level, lifelong motorcyclist.
- He has coined the following phrases: "Rumi Blues" in the 1990s; "The Beloved is You"; "The Prophet is You"; "Performance Poet"; "Clarity of Intention"; "Yoga without Dogma"; "Universal Spiritual Hierarchy"; the "Yoga Generation" referring to the new mainstream popularity of yoga in the US; "Spirituality 101" as the current level of common teachings of spirituality in the world; and "The Future of Spirituality" as a topic for his talks and lectures.
- He is a 9/11 survivor. During that time he lived in lower Manhattan only one block from the fallen twin towers. He was evacuated for a week and lost many of his belongings due to damage by the dust clouds.
- He is a serious film buff and is knowledgeable about classic movies and directors.
- He is extremely tech savvy.
- He credits the iconic comedians Lenny Bruce and George Carlin as inspiration.
- His two biggest musical influences are Miles Davis and Roger Waters.
- "Ego is healthy."
- "Rise above fear."
- "The beloved is you."
- "Yoga without Dogma, Hare You!"
- "Your mind is the vehicle for your growth."
- "To heal your wounds, I get you to dance."
- "My work, my message is beyond all 'isms'."
- "Swapping Jesus for Krishna is not progress. Learn to rise above 'isms'."
- "The most precious attributes in the universe are vision and imagination and the most abundant is love."
- "Our minds project our reality. We are responsible for all our experiences and everything that happens to us.”
- "We are eternal beings. Currently experiencing, sharing and growing in three-dimensional Earth-based bodies."
- "Yes, you can take it with you. In fact you will take the collective essence of all your experiences with you after you pass away."
- "When you need to wear a certain costume, a hairdo or a hat to prove that you are spiritual, then you have already lost your way."
- "Everything you've been told about spirituality has been a lie. What you were told as bad, such as ego or relying on logic is actually good and what you were told as good, such as surrender to the master or worshiping a deity, is bad."
- “Spirituality is not passivity. Spirituality is not about yogurt and granola. It has nothing to do with your costume, your diet or choice of beverage. Spirituality is about affecting and changing the evolution of humanity, that of a slaved mind to an empowered mind.”
- "The Meaning of Life is 1) To Constantly Grow; 2) To Have Enriched Experiences, and if you are one of the select 3) To Inspire Others. You are an eternal being currently experiencing life through a physical body. You are on a very long journey. The whole purpose of this journey, which I call Soul Evolution, is to enrich your experiences and move upward.”
- “2000 years ago, a brother of mine Jesus, another Jewish Middle Eastern man, rose against the established order and proclaimed Love and Compassion as the solution and not being slaved to expired teachings in dusty old books and blood sacrifice. 800 years ago, another Middle Eastern man, my mentor Rumi, declared that God is not found at any place of worship, but only in your heart. Today, I am here to affirm that God is you. The deity that you praise and the God that you worship is none other than yourself. You are God.”
Radio & Television Interviews
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, February 12, 2015
- KUCI-FM, Irvine, California, January 19, 2015
- Actors Entertainment Talk Show, August 21, 2014
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, August 7, 2014
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, May 13, 2014
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, November 14, 2013
- Universal Energy Radio, October 9, 2013
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, July 11, 2013
- Universal Energy Radio, June 19, 2013
- Universal Energy Radio, February 27, 2013
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, February 21, 2013
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, September 27, 2012
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, May 31, 2012
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, February 23, 2012
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, November 10, 2011
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, August 4, 2011
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, May 12, 2011
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, February 17, 2011
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, December 9, 2010
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, October 14, 2010
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, December 3, 2009
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, October 8, 2009
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, April 2, 2009
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, January 22, 2009
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, August 7, 2008
- RockOm.net interview and featured artist, July 22–28, 2008
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, June 5, 2008
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, March 6, 2008
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, December 27, 2007
- BBC World Service, Global, December 2, 2007
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, November 15, 2007
- BBC, Turkey, October 5–7, 2007
- WNYC-FM (NPR), New York City, February 27, 2007
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, January 11, 2007
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, August 3, 2006
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, September 8, 2005
- WNYC-FM (NPR), New York City, June 9, 2005
- WBAI-FM, New York City, May 11, 2004
- XETV-TV, "FOX 6 News in the Morning," San Diego, California, June 22, 2001
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, April 6, 2000
- KKUP-FM, Northern California, September 26, 1999
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, July 16, 1999
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, May 8, 1999
- WRPI-FM, Albany, New York, October 12, 1998
- WBAI-FM, New York City, August 28, 1998
- WBAI-FM, New York City, November 1, 1997
- WAMC-FM, Albany, New York, August 21, 1997
- WBAI-FM, New York City, April 26, 1997
- WNYC-FM (NPR), New York City, December 2, 1996 (New Sounds)
- WNYC-FM (NPR), New York City, August 1, 1995
- WTAB-AM, New York City, July 7, 1995
- WBAI-FM, New York City, May 2, 1995