The Pocket Rumi [NOOK Book]

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The cry of the soul in love with God has never been more eloquently expressed than by the great Persian Sufi master Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273). Readers have thrilled to his ecstatic songs of divine union for more than eight hundred years. Here is a collection of the best of Rumi’s poetry.


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The Pocket Rumi

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Overview

The cry of the soul in love with God has never been more eloquently expressed than by the great Persian Sufi master Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–1273). Readers have thrilled to his ecstatic songs of divine union for more than eight hundred years. Here is a collection of the best of Rumi’s poetry.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834825055
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/2012
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 526,469
  • File size: 299 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.

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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Love Is a Stranger
Heart came on solid footing with breath refined
to warn the best of communities.
Heart placed your head
like a pen on the page of love.

We are joyous pennants in your just wind.
Master, to where do you dance?

Toward the land of liberation,
toward the plain of nonexistence.

Master, tell us which nonexistence you mean.
The ear of eternity knows the letter of eternity.

Love is a stranger with a strange language,
like an Arab in Persia. I have brought a story;
it is strange, like the one who tells it.
Listen to your servant.

Joseph’s face enlightened the well in which he hung.
His imprisonment became a palace
with orchards and meadows, a paradise,
a royal hall, and a chamber of sanctity.

Just as you toss a stone into the water,
the water at that very moment parts to receive it.
Just as a cloudy night is dispelled by a clear dawn,
from his humiliation and loss he views high heaven.

Reason, do not envy my mouth.
God witnesses the blessings.

Though the tree drinks from hidden roots,
we see the display of its branches.
Whatever the earth took from heaven,
it yields up honestly in spring.

Whether you have stolen a bead or a jewel,
whether you have raised a flag or a pen,
the night is gone and day has arrived,
and the sleeper shall see what he has
dreamed.

Surrender
It suits the generous man to give money,
but truly the generosity of the lover
is to surrender his soul.
If you give bread for God’s sake,
you will be given bread in return;
if you give your life for God’s sake,
you will be given Life in return.
Mathnawi I, 2235–36

The Touchstone
Iblis asked, “Can you tell a lie from the truth,
you who are filled with illusion?”
Muawiya answered,
“The Prophet has given a clue,
a touchstone to know
the base coin from the true.
He has said,‘That which is false troubles the heart,
but Truth brings joyous tranquility.’”
Mathnawi I, 2732–34

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

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    A Wonderful Inspirational Read That Never Gets Old

    This is a pocket-sized collection of some of the Sufi mystic Rumi's love poetry to "the Friend". Each poem is exquisitely written by a Master expressing great longing and desire for the Beloved. Great for taking along with you in purse or pocket for a moment's glimpse beyond the illusionary world in which we inhabit into an experience of the REAL..the Divine within each of us and in all creation. This is a "must read".

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