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Rumi: Gardens of the Beloved

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More inspiring poems by one of the greatest Persian mystics and poets, here translated into English. Devoted to the gardens of the soul, the spirit and the heart, this collection captures the spirit and essence of Rumi's timeless message. inspired generations of spiritual seekers, both from his own Sufi school and beyond. His message of love speaks directly to the heart an ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Element Books
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Pulkit Singhal
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Finally! Finally, I had the eyes of my mind savor some delicate Persian (though translated) verses. And that too, of one of the most revered mystics- Rumi. Gardens of the Beloved is a collection of quatrains; simple in language and ethereally beautiful. The order in which poems appear is set by the translator in a way that they seem to take you on a journey. A tale that ought to inspire the weakest and the strongest; the lover and the hater; the selfless and the selfish; the good and the bad. So ...more
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Rumi is a poet from the 11th century in what is now modern Afghanistan, who has inspired for centuries with his poems about love and spirituality. This book is a - well, eclectic, to say the least - collection of quatrains written by Rumi and translated into English.

Rumi is... well, it really is poetry for everyone, in a sense. Quatrains capture emotions and ideas of spirituality so simply and beautifully, and yet leave the reader with such a powerful sense of his message. The quatrains present
Mehwish Mughal
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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"When my pain became the cause of my cure
my contempt changed into reverence
and my doubt into certainty.
I see that I have been the veil on my path.
Now my body has become my heart
my heart has become my soul
and my spirit, the eternal Spirit."
Halfhearted translations, lackluster selection. Come on, people. It's pretty hard to fuck up Rumi, unless you've got him on a heresy charge.
Sarah Finley
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I keep this book on a prime spot on my bookshelf. I pick it up when I'm in need of some loving, thought provoking words or something to go well with my glass of moscato.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I like that there is just one simple poem per page so it is very easy to read. However the selected poems in this book just don't quite speak to me, except this one (p176):

I drank from the water of life
and all disease vanished.
I entered the garden of Union
and I found no thorns.
They say there is a doorway
from heart to heart
but what is the use of a door
when there are no walls?
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Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī - also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, Mevlânâ/Mawlānā (مولانا, "our master"), Mevlevî/Mawlawī (مولوی, "my master") and more popularly simply as Rumi - was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic who lived in Konya, a city of Ottoman Empire (Today's Turkey). His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's lan ...more
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