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Rumi: Mountain of Fire

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Here are 75 poems or "ghazals" of Rumi translated from the original Persian by Nader Khalili. Rumi's message transcends the limitation of language and the boundaries of time. Human beings were born for unlimited freedom and infinite bliss, and their birthright is within their grasp. But in order to reach it, they must surrender to love. Rumi speaks to us in modern times wi ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Cal Earth Press (first published January 1st 1994)
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Nov 22, 2012 poiboy rated it it was amazing
an extremely difficult book to acquire, but if you do (and if you love the poetry of Rumi) you will be overjoyed with the sensual and passionate translations. a gem in any library.
He sure loved love
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Oct 09, 2015 J.V. Connors rated it it was amazing
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The market is filled with Rumi "translations" that are actually rearrangements of other people's translations because the "translator" does not actually know the Persian language. Nader Khalili was born and educated in Iran, then moved to the US to study and practice architecture. He was raised with Rumi's poetry and messages while growing up in Iran, and started translating them into English in his youth.
Khalili's translations of Rumi are thus more authentic representations of what Rumi wrote,
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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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you're a deathless soul
you can't be kept in a dark grave
you're filled with God's glow

be happy with your beloved
you can't find any better
the world will shimmer
because of the diamond you hold

when your heart is immersed
in this blissful love
you can easily endure
any bitter face around

in the absence of malice
there is nothing but
happiness and good times
don't dwell in sorrow my friend

ghazal number 2594”
“how long
can i lament
with this depressed
heart and soul

how long
can i remain
a sad autumn
ever since my grief
has shed my leaves

the entire space
of my soul
is burning in agony

how long can i
hide the flames
wanting to rise
out of this fire

how long can one suffer
the pain of hatred
of another human
a friend behaving like an enemy

with a broken heart
how much more
can i take the message
from body to soul

i believe in love
i swear by love
believe me my love

how long
like a prisoner of grief
can i beg for mercy

you know i'm not
a piece of rock or steel
but hearing my story
even water will become
as tense as a stone

if i can only recount
the story of my life
right out of my body
flames will grow”
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