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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,
ebook, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Penguin Books
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Evelyn Pryce
Aug 06, 2013 Evelyn Pryce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2014 Ashwini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! :)
Tara & Nathan
Feb 09, 2016 Tara & Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 19, 2013 Basma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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)
Sep 08, 2014 Itsannelisem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 18, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
Christina Karvounis
Aug 07, 2014 Christina Karvounis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rumi as interpreted by my friend from the old days, Danny Ladinsky.
May 14, 2014 stepheartsyou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my soul melted in its divine purity...
Aug 04, 2014 Addie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ideas here are good (obvs) but this translation weirds me out. It seemed like an almost clumsy mish mash of literal translation and modern interpretation. Parts feel smooth, but mostly it feels forced and clunky and is taking Rumi's words and extrapolating to a degree that no longer feels like Rumi.
Mochammad Yusni
Dec 20, 2016 Mochammad Yusni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the cover, the texture of the paper, layout; and the rumi poems of course. Hard not to fall in love with what his art. Beautiful book. The kind that I will read and reread again.
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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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