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To read even a small selection of Rumi’s witty poems to his beloved can help shatter the blinding stereotypes that separate us from ordinary men and women in Tehran today. If the universe could speak, this is what it would say. Feb 24, Jamie clare rated it it was amazing. I see pain and ecsasty, and mostly love. He had an incredible serenity about him and an honest face.

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If you ever decide to read anything of Rumi’s, I suggest you toss aside any other translator if you really want to feel the full impact of his majestic poetry. Hussam implored Rumi to write more. On nearly every page a fresh, sometimes startling image seizes the imagination, blowing off the dust of the mind. If a 14 year old is seriously into poetry, I suspect that they are prepared for Rumi. Rumi is not some ancient hippie poet, but he keeps his faith and his interpretaiton of it as the key to fully understanding his poetry.


The translations of these poems is fairly astounding, because I think that they are done in a way that is not at all literal, but somehow maintains the essence of the beauty of Rumi’s devotion and longing.

The Bawa told him that his life’s work would be translating the poems of Jelalludin Rumi. Published May 28th by HarperOne first published Everything cruel and unconscious done in the illusion of the present world, all that does not fade away at the death-waking. That’s how I feel about this book.

But it also demands another sort of breakthrough, a unique chance for Americans to gently plunge into the deepest wells of Persian identity that originate in a civilization preceding ours by many centuries.

Even with Barks’ filter, the thesis is still Rumi’s. Later, when I found many soul mates, knowing that we are all connected, I found a deeper meaning Your purchase helps support NPR programming. And you can believe anything is possible. This thw helps me. Good parts and bad parts.

This often comes up when translating poetry. This Week’s Must Read: You can get drunk on it. It seems that Barks was specifically chosen to be spoken through by this 12th century Sufi.


Both wishes are foolish, but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting that what you really want is love’s confusing joy. God’s presence is there in front of me, a fire on the left, a lovely stream on the right.

I pick it up in between other books, read a page or two, let it sink and then go back to it a few nights later Try to find the version with Huston Smith’s introduct Essential is a good word for the title of this anthology. If the body is a donkey, God is the King or the Caliph, abrks Friend or Beloved to whom the lover must ascend to unite with Him, the flame through which the Sufi is cooked like a clay pot and so on. They fall, and falling, they’re given wings.

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Aug 28, Erin Muir rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I love that when Rummi contacted Mr. I’ve added it to Thoreau’s Walden and the holy books.

Who looks out with my eyes?