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Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 7, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
The commentaries and introduction sections by Coleman Barks are valuable as well beyond words.
The reader would gain insights simply by picking it up and thumbing to any page and just read, read! My daughter and I tried this, we would bring up topics and then say "And what does Rumi say?" and I would read whatever the first words were that I saw in front of me.
They were always universally fitting.
I loved it, just like I love this book.
Wordless, speechless, love-filled - inspired.
Rumi was a Persian Sufi who wrote incredibly deep poems regarding spirituality, faith, religion, and love. The most surprising thing I found among his poetry was his use of individual lines within whole poems. For example, look at his poem:
Think that you're gliding out from the face of a cliff
like an eagle. Think you're walking
like a tiger walks by himself in the forest.
You're most handsome when you're after food.
Now, rewrite the second line, so that it looks like this:
Like an eagle, think you're walking.
In this phrase, Rumi captures the beauty and the mystery of the eagle in flight. The eagle does not think it is flying, as in it does not think it is doing anything extraordinary. It is simply moving in time and space in the easiest and most fluid manner it knows how. For humans, we walk. This is the beauty of it; this is the beauty of the New Testament story regarding walking on water. Jesus tells his Peter not to think about the water, just walk; just be.
Rumi fills page after page with beautiful and simple ideas of love and of just letting go of everything that holds us back. However, I will let Rumi argue for himself and leave here two of my favorites:
THE ALLURE OF LOVE
Someone who does not run
toward the allure of love walks
a road where nothing lives.
But this dove here senses
the love-hawk floating above
and waits and will not be driven
or scared to safety.
No better love than love with no object,
no more satisfying work than work with no purpose.
If you could give up tricks and cleverness,
that would be the cleverest trick!
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Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm a reader...oh yes. I have (no doubt like you) walls of books, all ordered by how much I ADORED them. And no book ever into the bin - sacrilege! Except poetry. Why? "Oh poetry is just such grandiose swashbuckling twaddle!"
Well who knows what I read or if it really was grandi-gross. What I do know is that I LOVE RUMI. AND I LOVE COLEMAN BARKS (now I know who the hell they both are).
I've started a new little book shelf. It's called HIGH VIBRATORY. It ONLY for books that are INSPIRED (of such outstanding beauty that its inarguable that pure-positive-non-physical-source energy played a role in their emergence). These books are those that I'm going back to, over and over, because of the sheer joy and exhilaration that's swell in my heart as I read them. Rumi The Book Of Love sits prominently on this fabulous new shelf.
Go on, buy it, devour it. I defy anyone not to want to marry this book. Or at least position it on a High Vibratory shelf...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writings, in addition to speaking of love, reinvigorates a way of thinking that is beyond our rat- racing, fast food and sitcom conscientiousness.Published 15 days ago by jerry corb
I wish this was Dick Davis's work... he cares more about preserving rhyme and poetic structure which is so much of the magic of this type of work.Published 1 month ago by Kyle Hotchkiss
Just what I wanted as a gift to my daughter and her husband for 1st wedding anniversaryPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
What's not to love about Rumi? Great poetry and great translation.Published 3 months ago by Yashoda
God forbid I should try to judge anyone's translation of anything from ancient Persion. Reading Rumi can be a transcendant spiritual experience. Coleman Barks gets mysticism. Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Graham
The words are beautifully phrased. I enjoy how happy it makes me feel when I read this book.Published 4 months ago by Rosalie
I expected to see Rumi's work which I love. What I got before giving up, read like a book report about Rumi.Published 4 months ago by Laura Burgess
Poems seem to be talking about sexual relations and stuff like that. Not the Rumi collection that I was hoping for. I like Rumi, but prefer his insightful thoughts on life.Published 4 months ago by Funnygirl2013