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 fears and take the risk of discovering our core self:No one knows what makes the soul wake up so happy! Maybe a dawn breeze has blown the veil from the face of God.
These fresh, original translations magnificently convey Rumi's insights into the human heart and its longings with his signature passion and daring, focusing on the ecstatic experience of the inseparability of human and divine love. The match between Rumi's sublime poetry and Coleman Barks's poetic art are unequaled, and here this artistic union is raised to new heights.
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.