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Essential Rumi Make way make wayJust a modern version of Rodin's The Stinker err The Thinker coming throughCurrently I am ruminantly ruminating Rumi's ruminative ruminations in the loo And I guess I'll have to stay in here for a number of days ruminating that is because I wanted toBesides I dropped by to sht and stink sit and think mind you And deary please could you give me loo papers Late by myself in the boat of myselfno light and no land anywhere cloudcover thick I try to stay just above the surface yet I'm already under and living within the oceanLight is the image of your teacher Your enemieslove the dark A spider weaves a web over a lightout of himself or herself makes a veilHumble living does not diminish It fills Going back to a simpler self gives wisdomWhich is worth a crowd of thousands or your own genuine solitudeFreedom or power over an entire nationA little while alone in your roomwill prove valuable than anything elsethat could ever be given youEnough Words What hurts you blesses you Darkness is your candle Your boundaries are your uestThe GrassesWhat is form in the presence of reality Very feeble Reality keeps the sky turned over like a cup above us revolving Who turns the sky wheel The universal intelligenceSomeone Digging in the GroundAn eye is meant to see thingsThe soul is here for its own joyA head has one use for loving a true loveLegs to run afterLove is for vanishing into the sky The mindfor learning what men have done and tried to doMysteries are not to be solved The eye goes blindwhen it only wants to see whyThe Guest HouseThis being human is a guest houseEvery morning a new arrivalA joy a depression a meannesssome momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitorWelcome and entertain them allEven if they're a crowd of sorrowswho violently sweep your houseempty of its furniturestill treat each guest honorablyHe may be clearing you outfor some new delightThe dark thought the shame the malicemeet them at the door laughingand invite them inBe grateful for whoever comesbecause each has been sentas a guide from beyondThe Dream That Must Be InterpretedThis place is a dreamOnly a sleeper considers it realThen death comes like dawnand you wake up laughingat what you thought was your griefBut there's a difference with this dreamEverything cruel and unconsciousdone in the illusion of the present worldall that does not fade away at the death wakingIt staysand it must be interpretedBirdwingsYour grief for what you've lost lifts a mirrorup to where you're bravely workingExpecting the worst you look and insteadhere's the joyful face you've been wanting to seeYour hand opens and closes and opens and closesIf it were always a fist or always stretched openyou would be paralyzedYour deepest presence is in every small contractingand expandingthe two as beautifully balanced and coordinatedas birdwings Miraculous I learn something new every time I open this book The image that sticks to mind if how we should try to emulate a reed flute and let God's breath flow through us I've stopped being religious when I stopped going to church when I was 16 but reading Rumi's writings is probably the closest I am to religion right now It’s incredibly challenging to define Rumi’s verses His famous lyric ghazals similar to sonnets in length and impact go beyond poetry or any other artistic expression They raise up to an unusual blend of undiluted spirituality mystical philosophy and scholarly theology Widely translated and internationally acclaimed Rumi’s work transcends the barriers of language culture and even religion Love is the indisputable protagonist in Rumi’s lyrical meditations a kind of love that is all embracing and doesn’t limit itself with categorizations Rumi loves limitlessly and he loves without ego he loves everything and everyone at once nature people his ancestors his mentor and God And so divine love and personal poems of aching human love fuse effortlessly and his verses become a uniue chant to the sacred unity between body and soul a mystical union with love itselfReading Rumi is a formidable experience His effusive verses inebriated me such abundance of feeling made my head spin my heart race His passion and abundance can even be overwhelming as there is so much wisdom and intensity in Rumi’s stanzas that it’s sometimes challenging to absorb the depth of their meaning Rumi is dizzyingly creative but at the same time he repeats himself and certain imagery such as stars moons nightingales and roses are ever present in his extensive oeuvre and so reading his verses in a row might assimilate to a trance experience Amidst such an exuberance of lyrical mystery and universal love what I will most remember of this collection is Rumi’s humble exaltation of the present moment and his capacity to find something to love something divine in every particle of the universe even in silences which express what can’t be articulated in words “Rip this poem apart like an old piece of clothTo set meaning free from words wind and air”Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The Essential Rumi Rumi Coleman Barks Translator Reynold Nicholson Translator AJ Arberry Translator John Moyne TranslatorThis revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and than 80 never before published poems Through his lyrical translations Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exuisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers making the ecstatic spiritual poetry of thirteenth century Sufi Mystic Rumi popular than ever The Essential Rumi continues to be the bestselling of all Rumi books and the definitive selection of his beautiful mystical poetry ‏‫‭The essential Rumi By Mowlavi‪ Jalaloddin Mohammad ibn e Mohammad 1207 1273 Translated by Coleman Barks‏‫‭‭; ‫‭with Reynold Nicholson AJ Arberry John Moyne ‏‫‭New York 2004 409 PagesAn eye is meant to see thingsThe soul is here for its own joyA head has one use For loving a true loveFeet To chase afterLove is for vanishing into the sky The mindfor learning what men have done and tried to doMysteries are not to be solved The eye goes blindwhen it only wants to see whyA lover is always accused of somethingBut when he finds his love whatever was lostin the looking comes back completely changedتاریخ خوانش روز بیست و پنجم ماه ژوئن سال 2012 میلادیعنوان ضرورت رومی؛ جلال الدین رومی؛ موضوع شعر فارسی سده 13 میلادی ترجمه شده به انگلیسی سده 20 ما شربیانی I don't even I can't even dare review this It is beyond me This is always by my bed when I haven't returned it to the library again because it gracefully and fiercely reminds me of what it means to be alive to long for truth and love to open my heart again and again even when the wind is blowing wickedly all around me A phenomenal read This book of poetry by the gifted Coleman Barks has become one of my bibles of spirituality it is what I would call a one in a million read I've added it to Thoreau's Walden and the holy books The artistry and tapestry of language is unparalleled The words of Rumi come alive under the care of Barks It is impossible not to be moved by Rumi's words in this compilation If the universe could speak this is what it would say Highly recommended This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and than 80 never before published poemsThrough his lyrical translations Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exuisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers making the ecstatic spiritual poetry of thirteenth century Sufi Mystic Rumi popular than everThe Essential Rumi continues to be the bestselling of all Rumi books and the definitive selection of his beautiful mystical poetry “ This place is a dreamOnly a sleeper considers it real” This is a hard book for me to rate It almost seems impossible unbearable to only reward it with three stars Parts of it gently touched my soul and reading those few lines of pure beauty almost felt revolutionary Rumi is mostly known for his love poems and I can clearly see why There's a certain hint of unision and belonging in his great visions of love and he strings his words together in such a delicate serenity I fell in love with his idea of loveHowever there were uninteresting parts as well and I skipped a few long poems along the way Some of it felt too religious too spiritual for my simple want of beautiful words Some of Rumi's metaphors felt weak and insufficient some of his musings were too repetitive Good parts and bad parts The three stars both resemble divine inspiration and repetitive boredom That is why I am so ambivalent about it “ Birds make great sky circlesof their freedomHow do they learn itThey fall and fallingthey're given wings” I was than a little irritated at this book I don't want Coleman Barks' interpretations of Rumi I want Rumi's words Barks doesn't understand Persian and didn't translate any of Rumi's work but he takes existing translations of Rumi and reworks them What Barks is doing is akin to a DJ mixing someone else's remix into their own DJ set and then trying to pass that off as the original material If you're going to practice that form of collage don't market it as anything else; let the collage stand as its own work The fact that Barks is an acolyte of Robert strip all subtlety and sensuality from erotic works and make them blatant and hypersexed Bly doesn't help matters either


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