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This Longing: Poetry, Teaching Stories, and Letters

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This Rumi collection features selections from one of the world's great spiritual masterpieces, the Mathnawi. The Mathnawi consists of six volumes of poetry in rhyme—over fifty-one thousand verses—inspired by folklore, the Qur'an, stories of saints and teachers, and sayings of Muhammed. Rendered by Rumi's premier English translators, these excerpts from the Mathnawi are pre ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 6th 2000 by Shambhala (first published 1988)
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While waiting for a phone call in my little library on Sunday, I picked up "This Longing", excerpts from the Masnavi, a 6-volume set of verses by a famous sufi poet, Maulana Rum, or Rumi. Maulana is teacher or professor, Rum means from the town of Rum, and the given name is Jalalladin. He lived from 1203 to 1263 in Turkey. His own Master or Spiritual Guide was Shams Tabriz. He was a mystic and so he would not accept donations from others, and had to make his own living. Very fortunately for us, ...more
In retrospect, I suppose picking up a religious poet was probably not the best idea I ever had. I don't know what I was expecting, but it...wasn't this? I have one poem marked that I actually liked, one page marked for a couple of lines I liked, and I wrote down a line from the Letters section in the back. But mostly I'm feeling sort of "meh" about the collection. Hopefully the other book I picked up will have a more engaging collection. It's certainly longer, anyway!

The line from the letters is
Rumi s poetries , as someone told me years back ," create waves .. not ripples ".
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This Longing: Poetry, Teaching Stories, and Letters of Rumi by Jelaluddin Rumi (2000)
Michael Graber
these letters are as stunning as the best poems, lovely and inspiring
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