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The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of…

The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

by Rumi

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Plenty of fabulous poetry by Rumi translated by Coleman Banks - each major section having a short introduction which places the verses in context. ( )
  ruric | Dec 30, 2012 |
Marvelous book - it will stay in my library! I added comments and tiny illustrations off in the margins to compliment my favorite poems in the book. I can not believe I lived so many years before discovering Rumi! His writing promotes a grounded, peacefulness and appreciation for life. ( )
  pbhagyam | Sep 30, 2012 |
Rumi lived a hundred years before Hafiz did. His beautiful ecstatic poems are widely known today, and not just by his Dervish followers. He came from a long line of spiritual men and sufi's in Persia. Not only did he follow in his father's footsteps, he grew bigger, and with his intricate imagery and beautiful words won the hearts of generations.

He speaks about the amazing experience of going beyond our physical and earthly constraints and going up into that larger universal awareness that can drive a man mad - but also of taking that larger awareness and going back to living a normal life, enjoying the small things. ( )
  Elfpath | May 3, 2010 |
More ecstatic poetry from Coleman Barks. Nuff said. ( )
  co_coyote | Mar 31, 2008 |
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When Rumi was born in Afghanistan in 1207, it was a time of tremendous political turmoil in the Near East. Paradoxically, it was also a time of "brilliant mystical awareness," writes translator Coleman Barks in The Soul of Rumi. This brilliance shines through in every passage, as Barks celebrates the ecstatic nature of Rumi's poetry. Barks (The Essential Rumi) has been given much credit for leading modern Westerners to this astounding poet. His sensitivity to the reader is evidenced in how he organizes the poetry according to themes. Since Rumi is often quoted at public gatherings, such as weddings and memorial services, this makes referencing especially easy. In the section entitled "When Friend Meets Friend," readers find the poem "The Soul's Friend":
The most living moment comes when those who love each other meet each other's eyes and in what flows between them then. To see your face in a crowd of others, or alone on a frightening street, I weep for that….
Barks offers a gracefully rendered introduction to each section, providing personal and historical background of the poetry. Elegantly designed and printed on cream-colored, heavy-stock paper, this is a delight for Rumi fans. --Gail Hudson

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Collects newly translated and annotated poems by the thirteenth-century Sufi mystic covering topics including silence, God, play, friendship, grief, and music.

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