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Sacred Wisdom: Tales from Rumi: Essential Selections from the Mathnawi

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The Persian poet Rumi, who wrote in the 13th Century, has become increasingly popular today. This selection comes from his monumental work, The Mathnawi—perhaps the longest mystical poem ever written, containing 24,000 verses in rhyming couplets. Thanks to E.H. Whinfield’s translation and commentary, these tales—filled with Sufi wisdom, insight, and humor—are wonderfully a ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Watkins Publishing (first published December 1961)
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سمارا البياتي
حكم وأمثال المثنوي

جلال الدين الرومي

هذا الكتاب يتضمن فقط الحكم والامثال للمؤلف الشهير المثنوي الذي يقع في ست مجلدات وهو ديوان شعري يحاكي معاناة الانسان وصولا الى حبه الاعظم في الله جل وعلا.

جلال الدين الرومي شخصية دينية صوفية كانت تنهل من القرآن الكريم ثم تلهم هذه المعاني والافكار والامثال والحكم في كتاباته.

علمنا القرآن الكريم بتوضيح بعض الامور من خلال الامثال، فالمثل يضرب لشيء غامض فيجعل من خلاله المعقول يتساوى مع المحسوس.

والامثال نوعان منها ما يصلح لكل زمان ومكان ولا تتغير الا بأختلاف الضمير وال
Sep 02, 2016 Ramsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with rating truly great classics of literature, especially Sufi literature, is that these 'polished mirrors' reflect you. What you rate is not the material itself, but your own understanding of the material, your own state of mind and heart, your own degree of spiritual insight.

It has been said with regard to the Russian Chekhov that a writer is a man 'bound by his conscience to tell the whole truth, with the objectivity and the indifference to bad smells of a chemist'. Of course, h
Nazmi Yaakub
FABEL dalam Mathnawi Jalaluddin ar-Rumi rupa-rupanya sudah terserap masuk ke dalam budaya kita kerana beberapa ceritanya sudah pernah didengar atau dibaca. Kerana orientasi buku ini adalah untuk pembaca remaja, sudah pasti beban bahasa dan falsafahnya sudah ditanggalkan.

Namun, kesan pembacaannya tidak hanya dapat dinikmati oleh pembaca remaja, bahkan tanpa mengira lapisan usia terutama mereka yang belum mesra dengan karya penyair sufi yang agung itu.

Bagaimanapun, catatan hujung editornya, A Fuat
Sep 29, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relatos
Muy bueno. Rumi tiene un sentido del humor sutil, algunos cuentos son para pensar, otros tienen propósitos moralizantes. Pero muy disfrutable el libro, algunos cuentos podrían contarse a niños, otros son más para adultos. Otros más tienen un sentido místico filosófico.
Un clásico de la literatura persa, muy popular en medio oriente, pero casi desconocido en occidente. A pesar de que el Mathnawi está considerada la segunda mejor obra literaria después del Corán, por muchos musulmanes, es difícil e
Emir Haziq
the cool things about rumi literature is each individual will read the same story but with different reflect upon their live.
Salima Al Masrouri
It's okay-ish, not up to my expecations though. Perhaps that's because it's meant to be for young readers - obviously, I'm not one :D
Jul 07, 2013 Flora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قصص قصيرة بسيطة ذات معاني عميقة
شملت الفضائل و حببت فيها بأسلوب مختصر ممتع
Iso Cambia
Rumi: child prodigy born in Afganistan in 1207, moved to Turkey while young, founded the order of the Dervishes (Whirling Dervishes), based on the belief that dancing released the soul from the prison of the body and allowed it to join in union with the divine source.

The Mathnawi functions as a bible for the Sufis. Values include turning away from the sins of lust and pride.

"Exertion is giving thanks for god's blessings." (21)

"Can a cock who crows too soon expect peace?" (21)

Aug 24, 2013 Evren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owner, translator
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi- Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is his full name but Mevlana is his popular name known in his homeland, Konya-Turkey. In the English-speaking world, however, he is popularly known as Rumi. He lived in the 13th century, 1207 – 1273.

The day he died is known by all in the Sufi world as Sheb-iArus, the wedding night, the night he met his Beloved. It is a well-known legend that he said these words:

“Do not cry after me.
Tonight it is my wedding night.
I am going to the Beloved.”

A selection of stories for young readers, and I really think it will be useful for them (and for adults for sure)

Stories were full of meanings, lessons amd experience that will definetly affect your decisions and your way of thinking in the future

The drawings added to the book made it feel more alive but some may find it a bit childish

On of the stories "The Treasure" has a quite resemblance with the famous novel "The Alchemist" of Paulo Coelho

Rumi is always a source of inspiration ... I highly
Adam Geisler
I'm not sure whether the fault lies in the editing or translating, but this volume was quite uninspiring. It was difficult to tell how much of Rumi's original style remained in this bowdlerized version. However, the end-of-story "lessons" don't match the poetic flare that I'm familiar with from Rumi. Instead, they were often pedantic and did not lend to any comprehension of the simple tales. I suppose I will need to go elsewhere for a better understanding of the Mathnawi.
Juliana Es
Apr 28, 2011 Juliana Es rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, 2011
If not because of the lesson learned after each story, some of the stories may seem to be purposely left hanging.
Diane Nospraka
May 12, 2016 Diane Nospraka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Wonderful tales by Rumi. Here I could know more about his mysticism and philosophy. There are different topics about life, family, religion, God, and more.
Ahmed Faid
Jan 08, 2014 Ahmed Faid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب سئ
أسوء ما فيه أضافات المترجم اللي ساهم بشكل كبير أن لكتاب يخرج بالشكل ده
قصص قديمة في منها متاخد من القرآن بدون أى أضافة
ممكن يكون كتاب معقول للأطفال
Feb 06, 2016 Javier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
muy buenos cuentos de la cultura musulmana, otros no tanto.
salman faridi
Jan 28, 2008 salman faridi rated it it was amazing
a cup of wedang jahe for thought and heart. SHARP!
Dec 23, 2007 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religions
very good stuff, but still waiting for a better translation
Dec 05, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Interesting to read another translator's work on Rumi's poems.
Dec 23, 2007 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religions
like the other, still waiting for a better translation; still, very good stories
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Chris Brimmer
Could have been a better translation. I think the scholarship might have been lacking at the time.
Safya Mohamed
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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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