The Teachings of Rumi

The Teachings of Rumi

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by Andrew Harvey
     
 

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Jelalludin Rumi (1207-1273) led the quiet life of an Islamic teacher in the central Anatolia (modern Turkey) until the age of thirty-seven, when he met a wandering dervish named Shams Tabriz—through whom he encountered the Divine Presence in a way that utterly transformed him. The result of this epiphany was the greatest body of mystical poetry the world has

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Jelalludin Rumi (1207-1273) led the quiet life of an Islamic teacher in the central Anatolia (modern Turkey) until the age of thirty-seven, when he met a wandering dervish named Shams Tabriz—through whom he encountered the Divine Presence in a way that utterly transformed him. The result of this epiphany was the greatest body of mystical poetry the world has ever seen, and the establishment of a spiritual movement that would eventually stretch from Africa to China, enduring to our own day.

This collection of versions of Rumi by Andrew Harvey contains some of the master's most luminous verse, along with selections from his lesser-read prose works, with the aim of presenting a balanced view of his teaching that includes both the high-flying love of God and the rigorous path of discipline essential for those who seek it.

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YA-A 13th-century Islamic mystic might seem an unlikely figure to be enjoying celebrity in the modern West, but Jelalludin Rumi has been receiving a good deal of attention lately. In his introduction, Harvey explains that "Rumi's work has an uncanny direct force of illumination; anyone approaching it with an open heart and mind, at whatever stage of his or her evolution, will derive from it inspiration, excitement, and help of the highest kind." Working from original sources as well as a variety of translations, he has gleaned from the vast body of Rumi's work an elegantly honed collection of poetry and prose, which he organizes into four sections ("The Call," "Be a Lover," "Ordeal," and "Union"). The result is a guide to the disciplines necessary to achieve, in a continuing process throughout life, an ever-evolving consciousness. As Harvey sees it, Rumi's path to ecstasy requires a "rigorous, even ferocious austerity" that can yield for the seeker a unique perspective on modern problems. For teens venturing outside the lines of religious dogma, this book is a lucid and accessible introduction to Rumi's writings, while for those already somewhat familiar with Rumi through other sources, it offers a challenging method for deeper exploration.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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ISBN-13:
9781570623462
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
172
Sales rank:
1,096,355
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.53(d)

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Luigobster More than 1 year ago
Lessons on bravery, love, devotion, understanding, and paradoxes fill this book. I really enjoyed the fact that this is a collection of his actual thoughts and journeys that doesn't have another person putting their thoughts on every little detail so that you can determine it's meaning for yourself. I highly recommend this book for everyone, even for people that aren't religious because the morals of the stories and the ideas and perspective of Rumi are truly intriguing and incredible. The positive critiques that I have of this book are: the font used was an excellent choice and it really just gives the message to the reader very well without distracting them, the ideas on concepts in the book are of course astounding and interesting, and the size of the font and book are perfect. The not so positive critiques are: the cover art doesn't really grap the reader when put besides other books which is probably why it isn't read as much, the table of contents is extremely long and cumbersome, I think that they needed an index where that could be listed alphabetically as well as being categorized, and the categories needed some explaining also I believe because I didn't understand their purpose to helping the book. I undertand many things now form reading this book. In general, I've learned of a whole other cultures perspective on the world, but what I myself have learned is the destruction is necessary for birth and growth. I also learned that love can only be explained between two lovers and no one else and that all dichotomies are within us so it's up to us to choose how we live our life. I truly admire Rumi's work.