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The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks

The Essential Rumi (original 1995; edition 1995)

by Coleman Barks (Translator), Colman Barks (Translator)

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Title:The Essential Rumi
Authors:Coleman Barks (Translator)
Other authors:Colman Barks (Translator)
Info:Quality Paperback Book Club (1995), Paperback, 302 pages
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The Essential Rumi by Jalal al-Din Rumi (1995)


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A poet living in Persia in the 12th century. The Notes reveal a unique organization of the ghazals:

"ALAST is the primordial covenant that occurs when God addresses the not-yet-created humanity, "Am I not your Lord? ALASTU BI-RABBIKUM." Rumi hears the question as a creative music that makes all creatures come forth in a loving dance of reply, "Yes!"
  keylawk | Apr 24, 2017 |
sufi wisdom. the ideas get more prfound as you age. a book that belongs on every shelf since you are bound to refer back to it many times. ( )
  Yazim.Hakim | Nov 9, 2016 |
What an amazing series of translations of a most beloved poet. I knew about Coleman Barks from his work at Mythic Journeys, and now I get his passion for this series of poems. They are unlike anything I've ever read. I plan to read and re-read for many years to come. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
Rumi is one of those names I was always familiar with, had probably seen glimpses of through other readings, but had never been a true focus for me. So, when I saw this book along with other "essential" religious books, I grabbed it.

What can one say about Rumi that probably hasn't been said before? That level of brilliance and mysticism that just make your head spin with thought and interpretation.

I do like the way this book is organized, thematically instead of chronologically, it makes the writings flow so much better in each section. This is definitely one I'll be coming back to. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Apr 23, 2015 |
This really is one of my favorite books of all time. I have opened it up again and again and again. It was especially important to me my senior year in college. I will always love Rumi, and Coleman Barks. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jalal al-Din Rumiprimary authorall editionscalculated
Arberry, A. J.Translatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barks, ColemanTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moyne, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nicholson, ReynoldTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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for compassionate heart within the mind, the light within the body,
for the sun, Shams of Tabriz, and Bawa Muhaiyaddeen
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In the tavern are many wines—the wine of delight in color and form and taste, the wine of the intellect's agility, the fine port of stories, and the cabernet of soul singing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062509594, Paperback)

The best-selling Rumi book ever is now better than ever! This revised and expanded edition of the comprehensive one-volume edition of America′s most popular poet includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks, and 57 new poems never published before.

The ecstatic, spiritual poetry of Rumi is more popular than ever, and The Essential Rumi continues to be far and away the top-selling title of all Rumi books. With the addition of many new poems and a new introduction, The Essential Rumi is now clearly the definitive, and most delightful selection of Rumi′s poetry.

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A collection of poetry by the thirteenth century Sufi saint cover topics ranging from emptiness and silence to elegance and majesty.

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