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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,
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ebook, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Penguin Books
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Carol
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
Addie
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
Ashwini
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! :)
Evelyn Pryce
Read this now. Be prepared. It will make demands of you.
Christina Karvounis
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.
Jennifer
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.
Itsannelisem
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 word...so beautiful. I recommend this read to anyone spiritual or just looking for deep meaningful words on every page.
Renée
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.
Basma Amin
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
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Stephanie Whaley
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)
bookczuk
Rumi as interpreted by my friend from the old days, Danny Ladinsky.
Cristina Carreon
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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