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The Pocket Rumi

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Paperback Book
November, 2008
$15.95 CAD
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Trust in God is the best livelihood...

I know nothing better than gratitude

which brings in its wake the daily bread and its increase.

In recent years, Rumi’s poetry has been found in bathrooms, shrine rooms, bedrooms, backpacks, backstage—wherever people enjoy the fragrance of spiritual awakening and the magic of the flowering heart. Here Rumi appears in a lovely Shambhala miniature edition, edited by Sufi teacher Kabir Helminski, author of The Knowing Heart.

Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi penetrated to the heart of Reality and returned with the fragrance and flavor of Truth. Not only is he one of the greatest literary geniuses, but, perhaps more importantly, he also addresses the most important subject that can be addressed: the human being’s relationship with the Divine, with Truth itself. While entertaining, inspiring, informing, and subtly guiding us, Rumi’s words touch us at the level where we most need to be touched: the very depths of our hearts.

The Pocket Rumi includes jeweler’s-eye selections from the Rubaiyat, Ghazels, and selections from the Mathnawi. While much of this has been published in other books, some quatrains are new, as well as “The Tale of the Bedouin and His Wife.”


Should Love’s heart rejoice unless I burn?

For my heart is Love’s dwelling.

If You will burn Your house, burn it, Love!

Who will say, “It’s not allowed”?

Burn this house thoroughly!

The lover’s house improves with fire.

From now on I will make burning my aim,

for I am like the candle:

burning only makes me brighter.

Abandon sleep tonight; traverse for one night the region of the sleepless.

Look upon these lovers who have become distraught and like moths have died

in union with the One Beloved.

Look upon this ship of God’s creatures

And see how it is sunk in Love.

Publisher’s Description: 

The cry of the soul in love with God has never been more eloquently expressed than by the great Persian Sufi master Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273). Readers have thrilled to his ecstatic songs of divine union for more than eight hundred years. Now, here is a collection of the best of Rumi’s poetry in an edition small enough to carry with you wherever you go.

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