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Love Is a Stranger

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"Love is a stranger and speaks a strange language," wrote Rumi, one of the world's most beloved mystical poets. His poems of spiritual love still speak directly to our hearts after more than seven hundred years. These classic selections contemplate separation and longing, intoxication and bliss, union and transcendence. ...more
Paperback, 94 pages
Published April 18th 2000 by Shambhala (first published 1993)
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Sbm Nisa
Oct 26, 2014 Sbm Nisa rated it it was amazing
When you will find somthing like this poetry and verses your lost conscience of love will arise. this love can be love for your soul, for yourself and also can be for your passion. people like me who are chasing for love, waiting and loving, it means a million worth. it sooths heart and give peace to my messed soul. It again made me confident to think that there is love. May be in some other world, can be selfloving or loving the person who accused to give me pain.


"to t
Shasta McBride
Feb 09, 2012 Shasta McBride rated it liked it
the most beautiful poem! pg.54

part of it from google...

When a Man and a Woman Become One:

When a man and a woman become one,
that "one" is You.
And when that one is obliterated, there You are.

Where is this "we" and this "I"?
By the side of the Beloved.
You made this "we" and this "I"
in order that you might play
this game of courtship with Yourself,
that all "you's" and "I's" might become one soul
and finally drown in the Beloved...
Sep 27, 2014 Content marked it as to-read

Read several poems from the compilation. My own thoughts stolen and represented in codified language as a warning sign that corruption has taken poetic turns these days. The old myth about races stealing the harvests not rightfully patronized by poetic means.

I saw the unfortunate event of the demolition of the twin towers in one poem. It is between the pages of 58 and 60. Copyrighted in 1993.

If "Sufi" solicits, know there is a Satan in disguise.
Jul 27, 2008 Stroika rated it it was ok
Someone got this book as a gift. It is very likely I will pick it up again and really appreciate it some day. Just not didnt really at the time I read it. I am not often struck by an urge to pick up a book of poems.
Feb 10, 2008 Matthew rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I hate poetry. I'll say that immediately - I generally think that poets are people who attempted to write some good prose, but sadly missed the mark. Nonetheless, some of Rumi's works are passable - barely.
Jan 04, 2015 Archana rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down till I finished. I'm just beginning to explore Rumi and I loved this book as an intro.
Mar 30, 2013 Reed rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, sufism
Excellent poetry. If you dig Rumi and want to check out more Sufi poetry, look for a collection titled Quarreling With God.
Mohammed Galal
Jul 22, 2013 Mohammed Galal rated it it was amazing
Reading this book in Ramadan has a special taste.I enjoyed it pretty much,and it actually refreshes my humdrum relationship with God..CAn we really"wash ourselves of our selves"?Can ew be "unselfed"?
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Feb 21, 2014 Fusun Dulger charles rated it it was amazing
Beautifully selected poems of Rumi and masterly translated by Kabir Helminski.
Mar 08, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
This book is the reason I'm with my wife
Akemi G
Nov 23, 2016 Akemi G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
At breakfast tea a beloved asked her lover,
"Who do you love more, yourself or me?"

"From my head to my foot I have become you.
Nothing remains of me but my name.
You have your wish. Only you exist. (...)

I understand Helminski has several books of Rumi's translation. A few poems in this book overlap with those in The Pocket Rumi--it seems this book might be more available.

His translation is more scholastic, I guess. (Please see my review here for the comparison.) That's a strength and weakness at th
Sep 07, 2016 Melissa added it
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Not giving this a rating. It's not my cup of tea but I get that it's very meaningful for others. I have a hard time with religion, even in a softer more mystical version like this. Will say that the poem that spoke to me the most was The Root of The Root of Yourself, possibly because I was experiencing a bout of self doubt when I read it and the following really spoke to me:
You are a ruby embedded in granite.
How long will you pretend it isn't true?
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“This Marriage - Ode 2667

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcome
as the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage”
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