- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; First Edition edition (October 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062350986
- ISBN-13: 978-0062350985
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rumi: Soul Fury: Rumi and Shams Tabriz on Friendship Hardcover – October 14, 2014
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“The mystical and soul-stirring friendship between Rumi and Shams Tabriz was built upon mutual exploration of crazy wisdom and dangerous truth that those who surrounded these men could not understand or appreciate. This kind of spiritual friendship... is described repeatedly in Soul Fury.” (Spirituality and Practice)
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This is how the heart sounds. Do not change the melody, this now, you and I, here together. Let this being with each other be heart-sound.
The evocative, spiritual poetry of thirteenthcentury Sufi mystic Rumi has inspired people for centuries, and Coleman Barks' stunning translations are unparalleled. This exquisite new collection speaks to the mystery of soul friendship, specifi cally between Rumi and Shams Tabriz, and universally in the relationships we all share.
Jelaluddin Rumi and Shams Tabriz met in 1244 and began a mystical, divine friendship, one not bound to time and space and despite their diff erences. Where Rumi was introspective, loving, and embodied peace and kindness, Shams was wild, brash, and honest—full of a fi ery passion Barks calls "soul fury." Together they shared an eternal friendship that resulted in Rumi's luminous quatrains and the wise Sayings of Shams Tabriz, giving language to the delight of true friendship.
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This compilation by Barks is truly a gift to all readers and lovers of Rumi! It is just as stellar as many of his other bestselling translations such as The Big Red Book, Bridge to the Soul, The Essential Rumi and The Book of Love, all of which I have read.
Some of my favorite passages from Soul Fury are below. Half of the book is the words of Rumi, the other half from Shams of Tabriz. What a beautiful homage to their friendship.
A warm, rainy day—this is how
it feels when friends get together.
Friend refreshes friend then,
as flowers do each other,
in a spring rain.
Your soul knows all about everything,
whether you say anything or not.
We are a brush in the hand of the mystery
that is painting this soul-making universe.
Your friends, the beloveds,
all live within the circle of BE!
The heart is
a point of union—moreso
than even the sky.
I came here for the refuge of friendship.
For someone with whom I can be true to myself,
no hypocrisy, no pretending anything.
Search within yourself. The great mystery is there.
From this compilation, we can see clearly that the deepest union of souls can be in the freedom of friendship!