The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting

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In 1244, the brilliant poet Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz met and immediately fell into a deep spiritual connection. The Glance taps a major, yet little explored theme in Rumi's poetry-the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and the beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate.

Coleman Barks's new translations of these powerful and complex poems capture Rumi's range from the ethereal to the everyday. They reveal the unique ...

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Overview

In 1244, the brilliant poet Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz met and immediately fell into a deep spiritual connection. The Glance taps a major, yet little explored theme in Rumi's poetry-the mystical experience that occurs in the meeting of the eyes of the lover and the beloved, parent and child, friend and soul mate.

Coleman Barks's new translations of these powerful and complex poems capture Rumi's range from the ethereal to the everyday. They reveal the unique place of human desire, love, and ecstasy, where there exists not just the union of two souls, but the crux of the universe.

Here is a new kind of love lyric for our time-one of longing, connection, and wholeness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141002316
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 496,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Called 'Jelaluddin Balkhi' by the Persians and Afghans, Rumi was born on September 30, 1207, in Balkh, Afghanistan, then a part of the Persian Empire. Between 1215 and 1220, he and his family fled the threat of the invading Mongols and emigrated to Konya, Turkey; it was sometime after this that he became known as 'Rumi' meaning 'from Roman Anatolia'. His father, Bahauddin Walad, was a theologian and a mystic, and after his death Rumi took over the role of sheikh in the dervish learning community in Konya. Rumi pursued the life of an orthodox religious scholar until 1244 when he encountered the wandering dervish, Shams of Tabriz. After an exchange of religious ideas Shams and Rumi became inseparable friends, transported into a world of pure, mystical, conversation. This intense relationship left Rumi's students feeling neglected, and, feeling the ill-will, Shams disappeared. After news of Shams came from Damascus, Rumi's son was sent to bring him back, and the mystical conversation, or sohbet, began again. After Shams' second disappearance (he was probably murdered), and a period spent searching for his lost friend, Rumi came to the conclusion that Shams was now a part of him. Further concluding that when he wrote poetry it was Shams writing through him, he called his huge collection of odes and quatrains The Works of Shams of Tabriz. Following Shams' death Rumi had two other mystical companions, firstly Saladin Zarkub, a goldsmith, and then, after Saladin's death, Husam Chelebi, Rumi's scribe and student. It was Husam that Rumi declared the source of his vast six-volume masterwork Mathnawi. After twelve years of work on this masterpiece Rumi died on December 17, 1273.

Colemam Barks taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. The translator of numerous Rumi works, his work with the poet was featured in an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers's Language of Life series. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Soul-Friendship xi
Jars of Springwater 1
The Taste of Morning 2
An Invisible Bee 3
A General Introductory Lecture 4
Hamza's Nothing 5
The Verge of Tears 6
Grainy Taste 7
Tambourine Feet 8
The Mirror Between Us 9
In Love that Long 10
Green from Inside 11
I See My Beauty in You 12
Underwater in the Fountain 13
Playing and Being Played 14
Friday 15
Drowsy 16
Continuously 17
An Armor of Roses 18
The Pleiades 20
Would You Bow? 21
Ashes, Wanderers 22
The Day's Great Wooden Bowl 23
So We Can Have What We Want 24
Entering the Shell 26
You Are As You Are 27
Birds Nesting near the Coast 28
As Lakewater Rises in Mist 29
More Is Required 30
Two Days of Silence 31
Your Morning Shade 32
What's Not Here 33
Inside the Rose 34
A Walking Fire 36
The Knots Untie 37
The Shine in the Fields 39
I Am Not This 40
Fierce Courtesy 41
A Smile and a Gentleness 42
Out in Empty Sky 43
Wooden Walking Stick 44
A World Dense with Greeting 45
Spring Murmur 47
Everyone Outdoors Talking 49
Daring Enough to Finish 51
What I See in Your Eyes 52
Music Is My Zikr 53
More of Your Names 54
Even Better 55
Thorn Witness 56
Transparent Tree 57
The Self We Share 58
Hoofbeats 60
Raw, Well-Cooked, Burnt 62
Both Worlds 63
God in the Stew 64
Undressing 65
Silkworms 66
Musk in a Small Box 67
Why and Where We Go 68
A Voice Through the Door 69
Solomon Ant 70
As Fish Drink the Ocean 71
What Is the Heart? 72
A Great Rose Tree 74
Word Fog 75
Stranded Somewhere 76
Too Vast for Partnership 77
What Have You Been Drinking? 78
Fastened to a Pole 79
Saladin 80
Ready for Silence 81
A Man Talking to His House 83
Every Tree 85
I Met One Traveling 86
Autumn Rose Elegy 87
The Bright Core of Failure 88
Listening 90
Notes 93
A Note on the Translation 95
References 97
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