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The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi

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The first full-length volume of Rumi’s cherished verse by bestselling poet Daniel Ladinsky

Renowned for his poignant renderings of Hafiz’s mystical texts, Daniel Ladinsky captures the beauty, intimacy, and musicality of another of Islam’s most beloved poets and spiritual thinkers. In collaboration here with Nancy Owen Barton, and with learned insight and a delicate touch,
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Penguin Books
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Evelyn Pryce
Aug 09, 2013 Evelyn Pryce rated it it was amazing
Read this now. Be prepared. It will make demands of you.
I thought I had really liberal ideas about translation until I read this and found myself turned off by some of the poems. My mind tells me that I shouldn't be weird about them since I was such a Coleman Barks' Rumi reader back in the day. But Ladinsky is on another level. Why, for example, is Ladinsky's Rumi telling me "That idea of a threesome with you ON A COLD NIGHT got me excited." Is this real. I do not understand where this came from. I know that it sounds hilarious, but I am actually ups ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
I love Rumi and The Purity of Desire, translated and edited by Daniel Ladinsky, is a beautiful collection of his love poems. Rumi is one of my favorite poets, an Islamic mystic who lived from 1207-1273, he continues to significantly impact and influence humanity today. When I read his work, I experience a deep rooted sense of recognition, a reflection of my inner most self. Perhaps, it's because "Love is the essence of Rumi, love became his very being, the impetus of all his poetry." I believe w ...more
Tara & Nathan
Feb 09, 2016 Tara & Nathan rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore Rumi and there are some truly fine poems within this collection. However, some leave me feeling rather cold. It is so very difficult to translate poetry into another language, while maintaining any inherent rhythm, rhyme, and so forth, yet still staying true to the meaning, heart, and soul of the message. This can be even more difficult with regard to the poetry of great mystics (especially if like most of us, the writer hasn't had mystical experiences of his/her own). Some of ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Addie rated it liked it
The voice in Ladinsky's intro and in the poems he translated sounded, in many places, nearly identical, which frustrated me to no end. In one way, that is the beauty of translation--that you get two voices, rather than one, and that it's a collaborative art. Especially for much-translated authors like Rumi, why not play around with language in ways that make it new? On the other hand, this is the first collection of Rumi's poems that I've read, and I really wanted Rumi, not Ladinsky. The mixture ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Ashwini rated it it was amazing
And the last 30 poems were read!

Have you ever felt indebted after reading a book? I feel so, just because I want to spread the word about the divinity of poetry.

This book is not just a collection of poems but it sums up our lives from birth to death, to the love for God, to the beauty of nature, words, emotions and everything beyond words.

This is a masterpiece and I'd love to read it all over again just to drown myself in an ocean of realizations!

Brilliant is less a word! :)
Christina Karvounis
Aug 08, 2014 Christina Karvounis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal
This is an outstanding collection, and the introduction truly prepares the reader for what awaits.

Rumi in all his glory: poems to delight, to kindle the spirit, to cause pause. I highly recommend, especially for the new Rumi reader.
Jun 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, translated, owned
I bought this book for myself on Mother's Day. Of course, I am already in love with both Rumi & Ladinsky, but then I randomly opened to the poem "Try to Be the Least in Need," which struck me particularly. Once I read the book, that was still the poem to resonate the most with me.

Not likely to be my favorite Rumi collection, but there is some lovely freshness here.
Sep 21, 2014 Itsannelisem rated it it was amazing
this book was so beautiful and spiritual. This was my first reading of Rumi's poetry and I am so amazed at how beautifully this was translated. I am so happy I bought this book and cherished every beautiful. I recommend this read to anyone spiritual or just looking for deep meaningful words on every page.
My first reading of Rumi's poetry as shared by Daniel Ladinsky was riveting, spell binding and transporting... Rumi, where have you been all my life? I am hooked, lined and sunk into you... I can't read more of you and more of what Ladinsky has made accessible via his transformative vision.
Jun 30, 2015 Basma rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-prose
Some of these poems were very heartwarming. And Rumi introduced Shams in a lot of his poems, I was intrigued to look up their relationships.
\\Apparently the term Lover back then didn't indicate the same meaning as it does nowadays, instead it had a more spiritual meaning to Rumi. Shams was Rumi's mentor and from all the articles I read they were not in a relationship, (but some say they were). He valued his existence in his life, but his love for his mentor was his way of loving his own inner se
May 14, 2014 stepheartsyou rated it it was amazing
my soul melted in its divine purity...
Maughn Gregory
How's this for good medicine?

"Strange, how my powers increase the less I become.
Every step I take toward complete effacement, look
what takes place ... my radiance grows,

and more gather to receive it, as the dark side of the
earth turns to the morning light it craves.

Standing in a line, if someone butts in front of me --
my immediate response: I am so happy to see them.

One night, I found myself at a conference the stars
were having. Enjoying being nothing, I had zilch
to say."

(p. 85)
Rumi as interpreted by my friend from the old days, Danny Ladinsky.
Cristina Carreon
Mar 07, 2014 Cristina Carreon rated it it was amazing
Lovely, peace-inducing poems. Spirituality without the insistent demand for one to subscribe to a religious doctrine. Obviously there was discussion of a higher power and a few parables, but it was a very calming read overall.
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Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (Persian: مولانا جلال الدین محمد رومی), also known as Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balḫī (Persian: محمد بلخى) or Maulana Jalal al-Din Rumi, but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi , was a 13th century Persian (Tādjīk) poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning "the Roman" since he lived most pa
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“Good poetry, like music or a sweet touch, can doctor us up, be an antidote for an hour or longer, help us to get dressed for another day--combat the blues enough to mount the horse again; and maybe even aid in laying down the insidious weight of some old grudge or deep-rooted anxiety. Herein enters Rumi.” 3 likes
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