Overview

Love is the meaning of our existence, the raw material of transformation, the glorious way of access to Divine intimacy. This teaching infuses the lyric verse of Rumi (1207–1273), the greatest of the Sufi poets. The poems in this collection, taken from among the master’s many volumes of work, focus on one of his greatest themes: how love grows and matures for those on the spiritual path. Kabir Helminski and Ahmad Rezwani have crafted a translation that remains faithful to the original Persian while giving ...
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Love's Ripening: Rumi on the Heart's Journey

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Overview

Love is the meaning of our existence, the raw material of transformation, the glorious way of access to Divine intimacy. This teaching infuses the lyric verse of Rumi (1207–1273), the greatest of the Sufi poets. The poems in this collection, taken from among the master’s many volumes of work, focus on one of his greatest themes: how love grows and matures for those on the spiritual path. Kabir Helminski and Ahmad Rezwani have crafted a translation that remains faithful to the original Persian while giving eloquent expression to the joy of Rumi’s astonishing encounter with the Divine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834824775
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/5/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,038,433
  • File size: 342 KB

Meet the Author

Kabir Helminski is the author of Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self, as well as the translator of numerous books of Sufi literature and especially Rumi. He is the codirector, with his wife, Camille Helminski, of the Threshold Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the knowledge and practice of Sufism. As the publisher of Threshold Books for some twenty years, he was largely responsible for making Rumi the most widely read poet of our time. As a producer and writer of Sufi music, he has gained recognition for numerous recordings, including his own Garden within the Flames. He is a representative of the Mevlevi tradition founded by Jalaluddin Rumi.


Ahmad Rezwani is an Iranian Sufi and scholar.

Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273) was not only a poet, mystic, and the founder of a Sufi order, he was a man of profound insight into the nature of human existence and possibly the greatest mystical poet of any age.

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Rare Soul Wine

If all the world is full of thorns,
The lover’s heart would be a bed of roses.

Even if the sphere of stars stops turning,
The world of lovers keeps going on.

Although alone, a lover is never lonely,
Forever with the hidden Beloved.

The lover’s wine spills out of their chests;
They give their love in secret ways.

Love will not be satisfied with a hundred promises,
For those who steal your heart away have so many tricks.

Ride on love and don’t worry about the road!
Because the steed of love has the smoothest ride.

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