• Reveals how the four practices of eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing intently can invoke the divinity within us all
• Explains how these practices dissolve the self’s need for identity so that we may experience a state of transcendent ecstasy and union with the divine
• Takes Rumi’s path to finding God from theoretical to embodied practices
The great thirteenth-century Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi began his life as an orthodox Islamic believer but felt that to fully experience complete union with the divine he must abandon institutionalized religion and its prescribed forms of worship. Surrendering his will to his overriding urge for a much more immediate, intuitive, and compelling union with the divine, he found that by manipulating certain behavioral aspects of his physiology--eating lightly, breathing deeply, moving freely, and gazing raptly--he was capable of loosening the rigid confines of the self, thereby overriding its limitations and achieving a transcendent merging with his own divinity.
His message is simple: if you wish to affect the spirit, you must first make changes in the way your body responds to the world. Through clearly written commentary interspersed with Rumi’s beautiful poems, this book details these four practices in a very precise way. As such, it is a sweet and open invitation to follow the examples set forth in order to embark upon one’s own path of inner illumination. The freshness of Rumi’s poetry dissolves the 700 years that separate his life from our own time, making his message as pertinent today as when he walked the streets of Konya, Anatolia (present-day Turkey), reciting his inspiring verse. This book allows us, through Rumi’s gentle guidance, to touch the face of God that resides deep within us all.
Coleman Barks presents entirely new translations of Rumi's poems, published for the first time in The Soul of Rumi. The poems range over the breadth of Rumi's themes: silence, emptiness, play, God, peace, grief, sexuality, music, to name just a few. But the focus is on the ecstatic experience of human and divine love and their inseparability, conveyed with Rumi's signature passion, daring, and insights into the human heart and the heart's longings.
Here are more than 40 fables or teaching stories that deal with love, laughter, death, betrayal, and the soul. The stories are exuberant, earthy, and bursting with vitality—much like a painting by Hieronymus Bosch or Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The characters are guilty, lecherous, tricky, ribald, and finally possessors of opened souls.
Barks writes: "These teaching stories are a kind of scrimshaw—intricately carved, busy figures, confused and threatening, and weirdly funny.
This is an entertaining collection from one of the greatest spiritual poets of all time, rendered by his most popular translator.
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.”--Rumi
The collection of poems presented in this book dare the readers to take a more critical view of the issues and values that continue to be discovered by each new generation and debated in our world. Along with each poem, there are conversation starters and questions that invite the reader to dig deeper into the exposed concepts.
Drawn from extensive work by indigenous and international scholars, this ethnographical study explores the impact of Iran on the development of Sufi thought and practice further east, and also discusses Sufism in diaspora in such contexts as the UK and North America and Iran's influence on South Asian Sufism.
demanded more sacrifice. It was three to four years early. I sought happiness
to answer Allah Almighty, which
then inspired me to create this book. The ones in this book is my journey to
find happiness and peace of the world and the life hereafter.
Why do I say the answer to my prayer Allah is making
One night in February, I sat in front of the house while enjoying a cigarette,
about one o'clock in the morning; I ask Allah why not my intention to grant
thee Allah is? I sat pensive and that's when there is a desire to make the
book. I think any book? Child development books or what books? Then I
answered hearts travel book you now live. Starting from it book was
This book is a journey of a humble servant
of Allah SWT, imperfect and stained with sin and guilt. I tried to share the
experience, but do not attempt to teach or preach because my knowledge is still
very little like a drop of dew on a vast ocean.
Religious knowledge which I had only a few
letters and memorizing the Qur'an were very little, but I tried to read the
Bible and listen to the glorious every day.
I am trying to practice
Bismillaahirrahmaanirrahiim, although I do not practice it every day. Almost
all the sins I have ever done. Arrogance and hubris I have ever done. I
treasure the world almost won, but instead of feeling happy, I'm getting hungry
with all those hungry people who think like sea water to quench thirst.
Through the journey of Allah slowly
happiness begins to rise within me. Hopefully the experience I have gained
additional experience may be a provision for me personally and my brothers who
read this book. Insha’Allah.
In writing this book I found the book at the
Scholastic bookstore called "The Know Himself, Who Know the
Lord" Masterpieces "Jalaluddin Rumi". His writing is
very inspiring to me to immediately write graffiti on my experience on a trip
seeking Allah SWT.
Renowned for his poignant renderings of Hafiz’s mystical texts, Daniel Ladinsky captures the beauty, intimacy, and musicality of another of Islam’s most beloved poets and spiritual thinkers. In collaboration here with Nancy Owen Barton, and with learned insight and a delicate touch, they explore the nuances of desire—that universal emotion—in verse inspired by Rumi’s love and admiration for his companion and spiritual teacher, Shams-e Tabriz. These poems thoughtfully capture the compelling wisdom of one of Islam’s most revered artistic and religious voices and one of the most widely read poets in the English language.