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The Illuminated Rumi

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    True and Living Spiritual Ecstacy

    The purchase of this book is for a gift to an artist of great skill. When I saw this book I could only think of her because I was privy to her work in pastels water color and the like. The art here is so force full in delivering the message the idea the perception of the grandeur the magnificence of The Only Reality. I cannot read persian and I am learning arabic so the translation is impecable in the fact that the idea was conveyed to mind spirit. I learned about healing though Rumi was not a doctor I learned about true humanity though Rumi and Shams were wanderers nomads who were not bought or sold on material things. I gathered that their lofty spirits as the kind who saw all religions as one. It was identified clearly that there is but one religion. Yes and expressed so simply. The only real religion is love. Love for your fellow human being what you love for yourself. These ideas were expressed through art and words of the magnitude of pure clarity that i believe enlightenment permeated through this book for the comentator Coleman Barks and the illustrator Micheal Green.
    I strongly believe that a book like this will be read for more generations to come as many people will desire to know more about Islam about Christianity even Buddhism. I believe when our perception as human beings is elevated like these men we may have a chance to construct a better world and reap better circumstances in our daily undertakings.
    Yes the Prophet Muhammad Mustafah peace be upon him is hidden and aparent here in this work. The Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) personality of trustworthy honorable qualities pervades every letter. The seal of the Prophets message is seen here and the Spirit of Allah is felt in many instances and traces in this well composed book.
    This book conveyed a true and living spiritual ecstacy that one can experience while they live. You do not have to die to go to heaven you can have that while you live by surrendering your will to do the will of Allah the only Reality.
    I enjoyed this book greatly and I will still give it as a gift to the person I purchased it for. I must buy her yet another and give it out of love for the True Love The One Love. Thus it must be multiplied manifold to others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2008

    ah, this

    funny how so many people are critical at all that flowering imagery. how can you get so grumpy over substantial rumi text and ecstatic art? anyways, if you have a deep soul that even scares you regarding the fathoms below yet explored, your eyes will be eating this stuff up...and your soul will digest it accordingly as you dream. time for supper! please enjoy the feast. and if no wine is spilled, it's not yet begun this book is an incredible wine stain on the stodgy academics and imam's of the world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    Less than illuminating

    Coleman Barks has a way with words, which for the past few decades he¿s put to use casting the poems of 13th-century mystic Jalaluddin Rumi into contemporary language. Though considered one of the greatest poets the world has ever seen, Rumi was relatively unknown in the West until a recent surge in popularity due in no small part to Barks¿s efforts. THE ILLUMINATED RUMI presents readers with a pretty package indeed: deep thoughts, stirred emotions and illustrations galore. Yet while this would do most poets proud, it¿s doubtful Rumi would feel that way about his treatment at Barks¿s hands, if only because Barks speaks not a word of Persian, the language in which Rumi wrote. Barks freely admits he relied entirely on academic translations to concoct his popularized renderings. This would be less of a handicap were Rumi merely trying to entertain or to convey feelings, moods and subjective impressions. But as Barks himself points out, Rumi was a Sufi; and Sufis maintain that, far from being the emotional outpourings appearance might suggest, their poems are actually precise and carefully constructed technical instruments designed to have very specific effects on the reader under the right circumstances. These effects, which depend heavily upon the language in which the poems were written (not to mention the specific audience they were written for, which is another matter entirely), are easily blunted by translation and other forms of tampering. Barks ¿ in translating translations ¿ would seem to be carrying this tampering a step further, despite his good intentions. The result, however aesthetically pleasing and emotionally evocative, is unlikely to be what Rumi had in mind ¿ any more than the miming of a surgeon¿s hand-movements, however gracefully executed, is likely to heal the sick. Those interested in Rumi¿s still-relevant message would do better to read THE SUFIS by Idries Shah, THE LIFE & WORK OF JALALUDDIN RUMI by Afzal Iqbal, or E.H. Whinfield¿s TEACHINGS OF RUMI.

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