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Rumi's Little Book of Love and Laughter

Teaching Stories and Fables
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Hampton Roads
 | 
October, 2016
ISBN:
9781571747617
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$21.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Rowdy, ecstatic, and sometimes stern, these teaching stories and fables reveal new and very human properties in Rumi's vision. Included here are the notorious “Latin parts” that Reynold Nicholson felt were too unseemly to appear in English in his 1920s translation. For Rumi, anything that human beings do—however compulsive—affords a glimpse into the inner life.

Here are more than 40 fables or teaching stories that deal with love, laughter, death, betrayal, and the soul. The stories are exuberant, earthy, and bursting with vitality—much like a painting by Hieronymus Bosch or Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The characters are guilty, lecherous, tricky, ribald, and finally, opened.

These teaching stories are a kind of scrimshaw—intricately carved, busy figures, in confused and threatening and weirdly funny situations… Rumi has many strategies for mirroring the complexities of soul growth: A wildly extravagant comedy, a severe toughness about the discipline necessary, an ecstatic sweetness that comes in the visionary moments, etc. Shams himself said of Rumi, “Each day I observe in him some state or quality which was not there before… He speaks fine words, but don’t be satisfied with them. Behind each is something you should ask him.”
 

This collection is full of that rich elusiveness, so like light-changes on a body of water.

This is an entertaining collection from one of the greatest spiritual poets of all time, rendered by his most popular translator.

 Come down from the pear tree
that`s been making you dizzy.
Pear tree of ego and jealousy.
 

The pear tree itself will change
because of your humility in climbing down.
True seeing is not easy.
 

Muhammed himself prayed for it,
“Show me each part from above and below
as You see it.”
 

Now climb the pear tree again. Pear Tree of Being.
Pear tree and burning bush in one, the green fire
along its branches saying, This. This.
 

In the shade of this fiery tree
there’s peace for your wantings.

 

What you are supposed to become,
what you should know, is in your climbing
up and down that tree,

 

with its roots in the damp ground
and its limbs in airiness.

Publisher’s Description: 

Rowdy, ecstatic, and sometimes stern, these teaching stories and fables reveal new and very human properties in Rumi's vision. Included here are the notorious "Latin parts" that Reynold Nicholson felt were too unseemly to appear in English in his 1920s translation. For Rumi, anything that human beings dohowever compulsiveaffords a glimpse into the inner life.

Here are more than 40 fables or teaching stories that deal with love, laughter, death, betrayal, and the soul. The stories are exuberant, earthy, and bursting with vitalitymuch like a painting by Hieronymus Bosch or Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The characters are guilty, lecherous, tricky, ribald, and finally possessors of opened souls.

Barks writes: "These teaching stories are a kind of scrimshawintricately carved, busy figures, confused and threatening, and weirdly funny.

This is an entertaining collection from one of the greatest spiritual poets of all time, rendered by his most popular translator.

"The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along."Rumi

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