Idries Shah calls the Masnavi: "...a special art form, created by Rumi for the express purpose of conveying meanings which he himself concedes have no actual parallel in ordinary human experience." -- The Sufis by Idries Shah: Octagon Press, London, p. 117. Copyright © 1964, 1977 by Idries Shah.
Biological evolution, how basic psychological drives motivate human behavior, and the process of conditioning -- all are described some 700 years before being identified by Western science.
This one-volume abridgement is a direct translation from the original Persian.