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Teachings of Rumi

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Jelalludin Rumi (1207-1273) led the quiet life of an Islamic teacher in the central Anatolia (modern Turkey) until the age of thirty-seven, when he met a wandering dervish named Shams Tabriz—through whom he encountered the Divine Presence in a way that utterly transformed him. The result of this epiphany was the greatest body of mystical poetry the world has ever seen, and ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 6th 1999 by Shambhala (first published March 15th 1975)
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Skylar Burris
Mar 13, 2015 Skylar Burris marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
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I thought I was getting a deal – all 6 volumes of Rumi for less than $3! I can never seem to get enough Rumi, but translators are always releasing volumes with overlapping selections. The idea of having it ALL in one collections was quite appealing.

Now I see why it was so cheap. This translation is quite awful. Rather unpoetic. It makes me value the role of the translator…I will abandon this and stick with re-reading what I have, particularly from Coleman Barks. There is also something to be sai
I believe that I will reread this book in a decade or so to see if it impacts me more. I feel as though I don't have enough life or religious experience to fully appreciate the writing, so I'll wait on rating the book.

Other readers, if you feel the same, don't give up on the book, save it in some place that you'll eventually find and think of it fondly.
Lisa Bogart
Feb 07, 2015 Lisa Bogart rated it it was amazing
This book got me through some dark times. One of my all-time favorites that I'll re-read again and again and again.
Aug 09, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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This will be a book I will go back to time and time again.
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I was impressed and transported by the verses here, but I won't rate this collection of verses. That would be weird to me because it would be similar to rating the Bible or Torah. The subject matter is too sacred and personal -- should just be read and not rated per se.

Oct 06, 2008 Claire rated it liked it
jordan roman gave me this book years and years ago and sometimes i'll pick it up now and then just to re-read some of its passages and ponder. i think my dad also had the same book sitting on his bookshelf cuz he does the same thing?
Jul 28, 2014 Emad rated it it was amazing
lol I’m ashamed to admit that yes I went through the obligatory Rumi phase in college too (almost a must if you have a muslim background)…but damnit if this book isn’t wonderful and beautiful anyway….
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Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. 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 l
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“When the rose is gone and the garden faded
you will no longer hear the nightingale's song.
The Beloved is all; the lover just a veil.
The Beloved is living; the lover a dead thing.
If love withholds its strengthening care,
the lover is left like a bird without care,
the lover is left like a bird without wings.
How will I be awake and aware
if the light of the Beloved is absent?
Love wills that this Word be brought forth.”
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