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Rumi's Tales from the Silk Road

A Pilgrimage to Paradise
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Mandala
 | 
October, 2009
ISBN:
9781601090492
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The 13th century Sufi poet Rumi traveled in a landscape divided between the Persian and Byzantine empires, and his works express the passions, fables, and faith of both worlds. In this book, Rumi enthusiast Kamla Kapur reworks some of his writings into 30 tales of wit, wisdom, and faith. The basis for her stories is Reynold A. Nicholson’s translation of Rumi’s six-volume Mathnawi, an epic mystical poem of more than 25,000 verses. Kapur brings this dense, intimidating work into a far more readable form, putting her own spin on the stories yet remaining true to Rumi’s vision. In charming tales such as “The Witch of Kabul,” “The Roar in the Mirror,” “The Prison and the Rose Garden,” and “Moses Learns a Lesson,” she leads the 21st century reader on a journey that includes spiritual quests, humorous jaunts, and insights into the human heart. This “pilgrimage to Paradise” gives readers one of Persia’s greatest literary treasures in an accessible form that enlightens as it entertains.

In learning to see through the story to its message and meaning, a reader can develop an essential, though always challenging, perception of the Way: to see behind and beyond the senses to the reality reflected in them. “How long,” Rumi asks the reader and himself, “will you play at loving the shape of the jug? Leave the shape of the jug, go, go seek the water.”

Also by Kamla Kapur is the delightful and beautiful Ganesha Goes to Lunch: Tales from Mystic India.

Publisher’s Description: 

The 13th century Sufi poet Rumi traveled in a landscape divided between the Persian and Byzantine empires, and his works express the passions, fables, and faith of both worlds. In this book, Rumi enthusiast Kamla Kapur reworks some of his writings into 30 tales of wit, wisdom, and faith. The basis for her stories is Reynold A. Nicholson's translation of Rumi's six-volume "Mathnawi, " an epic mystical poem of more than 25,000 verses. Kapur brings this dense, intimidating work into a far more readable form, putting her own spin on the stories yet remaining true to Rumi's vision. In charming tales such as "The Witch of Kabul" and "Moses Learns a Lesson," she brings Rumi's verses to life as clever fables. "Pilgrimage to Paradise" gives readers one of Persia's greatest literary treasures in an accessible form that enlightens as it entertains.
The 13th century Sufi poet Rumi traveled in a landscape divided between the Persian and Byzantine empires, and his works express the passions, fables, and faith of both worlds. In this book, Rumi enthusiast Kamla Kapur reworks some of his writings into 25 tales of wit, wisdom, and faith. The basis for her stories is Reynold A. Nicholson's translation of Rumi's six-volume Mathnawi, an epic mystical poem of more than 25,000 verses. Kapur brings this dense, intimidating work into a far more readable form, putting her own spin on the stories yet remaining true to Rumi's vision. In charming tales such as "The Witch of Kabul" and "Moses Learns a Lesson," she brings Rumi's verses to life as clever fables. Pilgrimage to Paradise gives readers one of Persia's greatest literary treasures in an accessible form that enlightens as it entertains.

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