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Warriors of Love

Rumi's Odes to Shams of Tabriz
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Watkins Media
 | 
September, 2017
ISBN:
9781786780294
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In 1244 a man wrapped in a coarse black coat entered Konya and so into the life of Islam’s most celebrated poet and mystic: Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. A wanderer and spiritual vagabond, Shams of Tabriz proceeded to wrestle with Rumi’s soul. What he wanted from his protegé was for him to embody a wilder, more robust spirituality that would enable him to embrace life’s rawness more completely than any saint had done in the past.

Warriors of Love is a fresh interpretation of a selection of 49 poems which were written by Rumi as metaphors for his love for God as well as for his friend Shams, the Wild One. In a long introduction on the life and times of Rumi and his friendship with Shams, translator James Cowan also explores the historical facts of their encounter, Sufism, the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes, the new dimension that Shams brought to Islamic spirituality and the importance of friendship as a true path to God.

Regard the soul as a fountain, all creation as rivers;

While the fountain flows forth, rivers swell.

 

Dismiss grief from your mind and drink your fill;

This spring will not cease, eternal are its waters.

 

From the moment of your birth a ladder

Was placed before you to help you escape.

 

First you were mineral, a plant, then animal:

There’s no secret about your evolution.

 

Later you became man, equipped with knowledge, reason and faith

Look at your body, nature’s dust-pit, how perfect it has grown!

 

Leaving manhood behind, there’s no doubt you’ll become an angel;

The earth you’ll leave then, and head for Heaven.

 

Transcending the angel, become an ocean

Whose each drop will be larger than countless Seas of Oman.

 

With all your soul put behind you ‘Son’, adore instead ‘One’;

It doesn’t matter how your body ages, your soul’s young.

Publisher’s Description: 

In 1244 a man wrapped in a coarse black coat entered Konya and so into the life of Islams most celebrated poet and mystic: Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. A wanderer and spiritual vagabond, Shams of Tabriz proceeded to wrestle with Rumis soul. What he wanted from his protg was for him to embody a wilder, more robust spirituality that would enable him to embrace lifes rawness more completely than any saint had done in the past.

Warriors of Loveis a fresh interpretation of a selection of 49 poems which were written by Rumi as metaphors for his love for God as well as for his friend Shams, the Wild One. In a long introduction on the life and times of Rumi and his friendship with Shams James Cowan also explores the historical facts of their encounter, Sufism, the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes, the new dimension that Shams brought to Islamic spirituality and the importance of friendship as a true path to God.

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