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The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
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May 30, 2010

it was amazing
Recommended for: everyone!
Read from March 18 to 24, 2010

The writer, Elif Shafak has woven a captivating and wise tale of love, spiritual longing, universal desire for intimacy with another human being, and Divine Love. It opened up the mystical aspects of daily existence, truly understanding what Love is in all of its forms. The beautiful story of Rumi and Shams resonates with our needs and longing. The 40 rules in the title refer to a list of principles that Shams compiled while roaming the Earth.
They include gems like:
"The whole universe is contained within a single human being - you. Everything that you see around you, including the things you might not be fond of and even the people you despise or abhor, is present within you in varying degrees. Therefore, do not look for Sheitan outside yourself either. The devil is not an extraordinary force that attacks from without. It is an ordinary voice within. If you get to know yourself fully, facing with honesty and hardness both your dark and bright sides, you will arive at a supreme form of consciousness. When a person knows himself or herself, he or she knows God."
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