The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

The Soul of Rumi A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems Inside A Lover s Heart There s Another World And Yet Another Rumi s masterpieces have inspired countless people throughout the centuries and Coleman Barks s exquisite renderings of the thirteenth ce

  • Title: The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
  • Author: Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi - مولوی Coleman Barks
  • ISBN: 9780060604523
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Inside A Lover s Heart There s Another World, And Yet Another Rumi s masterpieces have inspired countless people throughout the centuries, and Coleman Barks s exquisite renderings of the thirteenth century Persian mystic are widely considered the definitive versions for our time Barks s translations capture the inward exploration and intensity that characterize Rumi s poeInside A Lover s Heart There s Another World, And Yet Another Rumi s masterpieces have inspired countless people throughout the centuries, and Coleman Barks s exquisite renderings of the thirteenth century Persian mystic are widely considered the definitive versions for our time Barks s translations capture the inward exploration and intensity that characterize Rumi s poetry, making this unique voice of mysticism and desire contemporary while remaining true to the original poems In this volume readers will encounter the essence of Sufism s insights into the experience of divine love, wisdom, and the nature of both humanity and God.While Barks s stamp on this collection is clear, it is Rumi s voice that leaps off these pages with a rapturous power that leaves readers breathless These poems express our deepest yearning for the transcendent connection with the source of the divine there are passionate outbursts about the torment of longing for the beloved and the sweet delight that comes from union stories of sexual adventures and of loss poems of love and fury, sadness and joy and quiet truths about the beauty and variety of human emotion For Rumi, soul and body and emotion are not separate but are rather part of the great mystery of mortal life, a riddle whose solution is love Above all else, Rumi s poetry exposes us to the delight that comes from being fully alive, urging us always to put aside our fear

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    1. Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi - مولوی Coleman Barks

      Rumi was a 13th century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic who lived in Konya, a city of Ottoman Empire Today s Turkey His poems have been widely translated into many of the world s languages, and he has been described as the most popular poet and the best selling poet in the United States.His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of some other Turkic, Iranian, and Indo Aryan languages including Chagatai, Pashto, and Bengali.Due to quarrels between different dynasties in Khor n, opposition to the Khwarizmid Shahs who were considered devious by his father, Bah ud D n W lad or fear of the impending Mongol cataclysm, his father decided to migrate westwards, eventually settling in the Anatolian city Konya, where he lived most of his life, composed one of the crowning glories of Persian literature, and profoundly affected the culture of the area.When his father died, Rumi, aged 25, inherited his position as the head of an Islamic school One of Baha ud Din s students, Sayyed Burhan ud Din Muhaqqiq Termazi, continued to train Rumi in the Shariah as well as the Tariqa, especially that of Rumi s father For nine years, Rumi practised Sufism as a disciple of Burhan ud Din until the latter died in 1240 or 1241 Rumi s public life then began he became an Islamic Jurist, issuing fatwas and giving sermons in the mosques of Konya He also served as a Molvi Islamic teacher and taught his adherents in the madrassa During this period, Rumi also travelled to Damascus and is said to have spent four years there.It was his meeting with the dervish Shams e Tabrizi on 15 November 1244 that completely changed his life From an accomplished teacher and jurist, Rumi was transformed into an ascetic.On the night of 5 December 1248, as Rumi and Shams were talking, Shams was called to the back door He went out, never to be seen again Rumi s love for, and his bereavement at the death of, Shams found their expression in an outpouring of lyric poems, Divan e Shams e Tabrizi He himself went out searching for Shams and journeyed again to Damascus.Rumi found another companion in Sala ud Din e Zarkub, a goldsmith After Salah ud Din s death, Rumi s scribe and favourite student, Hussam e Chalabi, assumed the role of Rumi s companion Hussam implored Rumi to write Rumi spent the next 12 years of his life in Anatolia dictating the six volumes of this masterwork, the Masnavi, to Hussam.In December 1273, Rumi fell ill and died on the 17th of December in Konya.

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    1. This is not a book you can ever say you Read as if you actually finished it and then put it on the shelf This book is a bible, a companion, a map to the soul, to life and all the Universe You will carry it with you around the house, keep it on your desk, in your bathroom, in your backpack wherever it is you may need quick access to enlightened poetry and guidance If you are up, this book will provide confirmation If you are down, this book will give you answers and reasons to keep searching, kee [...]

    2. I like to read this book early in the morning It s like eating love for breakfast A corny thing to say And utterly true.

    3. he s so damn popular in the world of poetry it is sort of cliche to like the darn guy, but what the heck, I do.Children Running ThroughI used to be shy.You made me sing.I used to refuse things at table.Now I shout for wine.In somber dignity, I used to siton my mat and pray.Now children run throughand make faces at me.

    4. Rumi got me started writing poetry Someone gave me a book of his Just gave it to me because they thought I could use it Boy were they right I was so taken by the clear simple attention to an idea of God that I could relate to if not necessarily wholeheartedly embrace And his impetus, allowed this dam of repressed fear and anxiety and frustration to come out in a torrent of poems over the next couple of years Then jaki got me three books of Hafiz, the modern Translations by Landinsky And they jus [...]

    5. I like to read a few poems at a sitting The blending of religions is fascinating i.e Jesus, Moses, Mohammed I am not sure of how Rumi s Sufi roots fit into my world view though It feels rather foreign and reads esoteric rather than poetic.The other great Sufi writer, Doris Lessing, makes sense to my world view in regards to how she breaks the atom so to speak in The Golden Notebook This book changed my life the first time around in graduate school at American because the main character disinteg [...]

    6. Another of my favorite Persian poets Sadly this book did not come with the poem in original Persian and there is perhaps a little too much of the translators own story All I wanted was the poems of Rumi but those that I got were exceptional Rumi s poems speak to the very soul and in many cases advice can be found in his words.


    8. He have not a nationality,country or adressHe had come from a unknown macrocosm and went to eternity eb i arus during his last hours his wife pleaded with Mevlana to not died and ask God to let him stay here a little longer Mevlana s reply was thus Am I a thief Have I stolen someone s goods Is this why you would confine me here and keep me from being rejoined with my love therefore we see his opinion of death It is the time of release from this cage of the body and Soul has become purified of al [...]

    9. This book has a special significance for me, because Barks dedicated it to my friend John Ryan Seawright, one of the shining lights of modern Southern letters until his untimely death These poems like all of Rumi s poetry, call out to the reader on a multiplicity of levels One small example Not HereThere s courage involved if you want to become truth There is a broken open place in a lover Where are those qualities of bravery and sharpcompassion in this group What s the use of old and frozen tho [...]

    10. Amazing Use as a tool for poetic entertainment or spiritual enlightenment Coleman Bark s candidly admits to his poetic ecstatic interpretation of Rumi s work rather than a straightforward scholarly approachis works for me Love d it.

    11. 13th Century Persian poet.Austere, profound, beautiful, essential We are as the flute, and the music in us is from thee we are as the mountain and the echo in us is from thee.We are as pieces of chess engaged in victory and defeat our victory and defeat is from thee, O thou whose qualities are comely Who are we, O Thou soul of our souls, that we should remain in being beside thee We and our existences are really non existence thou art the absolute Being which manifests the perishable.We all are [...]

    12. I had heard about this book on NPR, so checked it out of the library I skipped around and read several good poems, but have to admit I am just not that much of a poetry reader So I never finished the book.

    13. I LOVED this book The poems of Rumi sing to my soul and fill my heart Coleman Barks did a marvelous job on this book Highly recommended

    14. Rumi writes poems in a simple style imagery filled couplets However, that does not always make his poetry easy to understand There is depth here People of all faiths or no faith can find beauty in these words A few of my favorites A road might end at a single house,but it s not love s roadLove is a river.Drink from it This is your connection to GodYou must set fire to have light Trust means you re ready to risk what you currentlyhave Think of your fear andhope about your livelihood They make you [...]

    15. A good friend of mine says that just like your body requires food, your soul needs nourishment too I think Rumi s mystical poems are exactly the type of nourishment that a soul needs Using wisdom and wit, Rumi explains what soul is and why it is important to be in touch with your soul and gives advice on how nurture your spirituality Present in all of his poems is the Sufi philosophy of love, which he defines beautifully in the following lines, A love with no object is true love Leave partial lo [...]

    16. A man once asked Rumi, Why is it you talk so much about silence His answer The radiant one inside me has never said a word This is exactly how I feel about trying to review this book Words can not describe the fluid ocean of wisdom that is contained within it I have quoted my favorite moments, however there comes a point in one s reading where you realize that to continue to fully quote every piece of beauty would be to quote the whole book itself There are moments in this book where I had to pu [...]

    17. As written in the Preface, these poems need to be released from their cages Rumi, who I only recently learned about, writes from a deep and diverse place He writes about the importance of the human becoming God transition in which each individual looks within themselves for answers in their mistakes, discoveries and life journey It is, without a doubt, a breath of fresh air It filled me, in ways than one, with immense gratitude for those who are in my life past and present for having been a wit [...]

    18. A complex and challenging set of poems Rumi is sprawling, discursive, and undisciplined, sometimes switching gears halfway through his train of thought and often leaping from one set of metaphors to another Sometimes parables, sometimes stories ending in non sequiturs, sometimes little wise epigrams, sometimes bawdy fables, sometimes startling pieces of disjointed imagery, Rumi s poetry is demanding, but it also has a scriptural quality that seeps through the pores and crawls around the edges of [...]

    19. Coleman Barks has done the world a great service I just read this from cover to cover after years of just reading the poems The prose, which helps to clarify Rumi is as poetic as Rumi himself This is a magical tome Do yourself a favor Read the whole thing from first page to last WOW Thank you Mr Barks.

    20. Coleman Barks can do little wrong in my opinion His work offers something far than mere translation I believe a hint of Rumi s own deep insight comes through in Coleman s words they are playful, wise, and thought provoking, but most of all full of heart Surely no one has ever translated mystical poetry better than this.

    21. Not a book to be read cover to cover at once.I pick this book up from time to time sometimes just to hold other times to read a few poems.Sometimes I find Coleman Barks audio or videos online reading and just listen to his interpretation in audio of a poem or two.

    22. An excellent collection of RUMI poems I am a huge fan of Rumi, and enjoy reading his poetry over and over again I constantly seek new translations, The Soul of Rumi A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems is one of the best english versions.

    23. Poetry is not to be read at one sitting This book has some poems that speak to me, others do not It sits on a table next to my reading chair and I return to it from time to time between other books.

    24. got about half way throughtaking my dandy time reading this oneu have to savor rumior its just not worth reading.ough recently dr nasr said said in a lecture that barks isn t one of the best translation.

    25. This is my favorite Rumi collection And I desperatley want to fall in love with his words However, whenever I am reading him, I think, I wish I was reading Hafiz Hafiz was his prodigy For a really good time check out The Gift by Hafiz.

    26. Rumi is a type of mysticism that really enchants and inspires me It s the closest thing I have to religion, though I think of it as spirituality He uses tons of metaphors and really draws you in I got this book recently after not reading Rumi for a few years.

    27. I picked this up in a spa waiting room MIraval about 5 years ago It was the only book in the room, and I d never heard of Rumi I haven t been able to stop reading Rumi over and over since His words from the 13th century are so modern that they are clearly universal.

    28. If you ve never read Rumi s poetry, I would say you haven t yet read one of the most passionate and verbally visual poets ever His poetry is so right on it wakes up your soul Much of it is beyond me but there is much of it strikes me to the core as well.

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