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Rumi

In the Arms of the Beloved
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Tarcher/Putnam
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January, 2009
ISBN:
9781585426935
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Across seven centuries, the outpouring of love and brilliance of vision expressed in the poetic teachings of Jalal-ud-Din Rumi reaches out to ignite and inspire continually wider audiences. The Sufi master and teacher found in a wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz, the personification of the Beloved, and the sublime ecstasy of the love that passed between these souls gives his words timeless poignancy and power. This volume includes the most celebrated verses as well as many that have never before been published in English.

Every atom was created by God so that man could know the highest truth and learn the secrets of love. Rumi’s poetry has the magical ability to show us this truth and to unlock love’s precious secrets. Within the folds of his words we gain entrance to a hidden chamber; we hear whispers that are ancient, yet intimate; we behold the endless love story between the individual soul and God. Like looking into a polished mirror, or like being in the presence of a holy being, reading Rumi’s poetry shows us ourselves and our state, but more than that, it shows us the boundless glory of what we can become. —from Star’s introduction

Of special interest to devotees and students is the chapter entitled “Stories of Rumi,” excerpts from the 14th-century Manaqibu el Arifin (Lives of the Saints), written by a disciple of Rumi’s grandson. These intimate memoirs reveal the man behind the legend, giving substance to the ethereal grace of his writing. A glossary of terms and Sufi symbolism enhances understanding and appreciation. Beautiful book design too.

In the lover’s heart is a lute

Which plays the melody of longing.

You say he looks crazy—

That’s only because your ears are not tuned to the music by which he dances.

Publisher’s Description: 

Landmark translations of the Sufi poet/mystic Rumi from the acclaimed interpreter of the "Tao Te Ching."
Jonathan Star has assembled selections of Rumi's verse in a treasury that spans the poet's life and includes his most celebrated and poignant work. It is an enchanting volume of classic Eastern thought that creates an exhilarating experience for all readers.Jonathan Star, author of an acclaimed interpretion of the Tao Te Ching, also created these landmark translations of the Sufi poet/mystic Rumi. Star has assembled selections of Rumi's verse into a treasury that spans the 15th-century Sufi poet's life and includes his most celebrated and poignant work. The result is another enchanting volume of classic Eastern thought that will create an exhilarating experience for all types of readers. 256 pp.

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