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Feeling the Shoulder of the Lion: Poetry and Teaching Stories

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These selections from Rumi's Mathnawi – a classic of Sufi spiritual literature – express the "lion's roar" of courage, discipline, clarity, and integrity. The lion represents the fierce intensity that recognizes no authority except the highest truth. At the same time, Rumi's lion is full of heart and devotion. Through these poems the reader will explore the qualities that ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Shambhala
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Jo
Jun 30, 2007 Jo rated it it was amazing
I literally stumbled over this book at a point when my mind and soul were in a massive jumble about whether or not I should accept the growing love I felt toward Islam. While reading the first poem, I felt such kinship to Sheikh Jalalludin Rumi (may Allah's peace and blessings be with him) that it felt like he reached into my life, answered my most pressing questions, and inspired me to take a similar path. I think that was the point I knew I would become Muslim in practice (iA), not just in spi ...more
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Nov 28, 2015 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: poetry, sufism
The verses in this translation of Rumi focus on the place and function of intention in the Mevlevi path. Coleman Barks is the master translator of Rumi's prose. Here is an example from one of the poems:

Stand under the pointed arch and weep.
Burn all night like a candle being beheaded
in its own flame. Close your lips
to food and drink. Hurry
to this other table, trembling
like a willow. Forget your weaknesses.
Your longing is everything.
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This book is crazy amazing and it definitely needs a second reading. Makes me wonder what else I'm walking right past especially from the Quran
Miryam
Jun 05, 2008 Miryam rated it it was amazing
slap my face, rumi. hold my hand.
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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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