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Thirteenth-century Persian philosopher, mystic, scholar and founder of the order of the Whirling Dervishes, Jelaluddin Rumi was also a poet of transcendental power. His inspirational verse speaks with the universal voice of the human soul and brims with exuberant energy and passion. Rich in natural imagery from horses to fishes, flowers to birds and rivers to stars, the po ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2004 by Penguin Classic (first published 1968)
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my Bosnian mom gave me this for my 16th birthday. I read Rumi everyday, if i didn't I'd be a giant asshole.
Ruhat alp
Human beings are equipped in the best possible way, both materially and spiritually. Potentially, a human being is able to achieve the level of "the best of creation," which is dependent on his ability to use and develop his endowment of spiritual attributes. Those who can escape from the material world and escalate toward the higher ranks of the heart and soul will experience this world in a different way, and they will become conscious of the secrets of creation.
Mawlana Jalaladdin Rumi is one
i really enjoy reading this poet, his poems often require second glances to fully understand but that is the way it should be with all poetry
I own this book I can read these forever and never get tired of them Wonderful translation.
Wafaa Abu Saadah
I fought myself not to read one more piece of this until I read it all.
Mar 30, 2014 Miriam added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miriam by: khaled hosseini, tumblr
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Not ready for this one.

It is written in old enligsh so I didn't understand a lot of things, and the ones I could translate I couldn't really go deep in.

So yes, I made a mistake buying this one and overrated my ability to understand sufism and poetry.

I love his quote though

''out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.''
basically, this is what made me buy it
Leeza Donatella
Any book by Rumi will guide you in your daily life.
Always a recommended Read
Christine Jolley
love, love, love his poetry. Sometimes though I found myself not understanding the meaning though!
Erotic Horizon
Selected Poems of Rumi (Dover Thrift Editions) by Jalalu'l-Din Rumi (2001)
I thought that I'd have many more blown-away inspired moments with this, and I did have a few, but for the most part it just didn't resonate with me. As a reading from a different culture/religion, it was very interesting, but I often felt it would be better to read it in a class to get the full Islamic and then Sufi background and cultural context to understand the significance of the poems. The biggest theme, that truly to coming to know Gd is a shattering experience that transcends the ration ...more
Beautiful read. Rumi always speaks to me.
The best Sufi poet ever!
Farah Al-Shuhail
This book will remain on my nightstand for the rest of my life!
Stal Holst
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”

Wow. Just wow. My scarce prior experience with poetry unfortunately didn't motivate me to seek out and read more.

This book changed that. It was a gift from my wife, and I was not thrilled at first to be honest. Then I started reading. This is what poetry should be. Inspiring, and reveals deep truths that one can't always put into words. Perhaps if Rumi had been my first experience with poetry I would've had an ent
I carried this pocket edition around with me everywhere while I was travelling Morocco, and it was a perfect companion.

“Sit with your friends, don’t go back to sleep.

Don’t sink like a fish to the bottom of the sea.

Surge like an ocean,

Don’t scatter yourself like a storm.

Life’s waters flow from darkness.

Search the darkness, don’t run from it.

Night travellers are full of light,

And you are too; don’t leave this companionship.

Be a wakeful candle in a golden dish,

Don’t slip into the dirk like quicksil
Nov 09, 2010 Rachel added it
And so, I've read this through and through. I be returning and turning and returning to these lines, over and over. This Rumi business is so disconcertingly good. I read some lines, a palm of words, and I'm shot through with recognition. Other lines have to be taken as a while fifty at a time to convey the richdeep impact.

Comfort that stirs me up.

My new best friend.
how can you not be in love with such a refined beautiful poetry on love... on love, life, and the human heart and soul, with deep insight and magical words and images.

i didn't know how to update the status of reading this poem book, it's always on my bed table, continuously digging in it.

did i finish it ? not really, you can't finish reading great poetry.
I am not rating this. I feel unqualified to do so. Rumi is a great poet and an important historical figure. If you have not read him, I recommend that you do so.
James Violand
Jul 08, 2014 James Violand rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to James by: Jezza Syed
Shelves: own
Again, keep in mind this is a translation. The nuances are not as brilliant as in the original, yet I found the poetry beautiful.
Danielle Larsen
Very deep and thought provoking. Another book that has enhanced my love of Rumi and mystic poetry.
One of the best and wisest poets who ever lived. Everything he wrote is unusual and beautiful.
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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 par
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“This silence, this moment, every moment, if it’s genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There’s nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty.

Sit quietly, and listen for a voice that will say, ‘Be more silent.’ Die and be quiet. Quietness is the surest sign that you’ve died. Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.

Live in silence.”
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