The Teachings of Rumi

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570623462
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 460,044
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Wine and the Cup 3
You Are the Macrocosm 4
Our Soul Was Like the Universe 5
Return at Last 6
The Goal Is One 7
One Light, Different Windows 8
The Authentic Human Being 9
Rumi and the Ox 10
The Moon Is the Same Moon 11
You Yourself Become Illusion 13
The Elephant, the Candle, and the Eye of the Sea 14
Don't Listen to the Trickster 15
A Quarrel about Grapes 16
Lift Now the Lid of the Jar of Heaven 17
The Three Pearls 18
The Thicker the Veil, the More Valuable the Jewel 20
Become the Sun Itself 22
The Real Pilgrimage Is Inward 23
The Thirsty Man, the Wall, and the Water 24
False Thinking 26
The Paradox 27
The Place of Honor 28
Busy Yourself with That Head 29
Taste with Discrimination 30
You Are Loved by Him 31
Leave the Vulture Behind 33
Such a Passion and Longing 34
The Heart's the Only Real House of Safety 35
Keep Your Heart Awake 36
Measuring out the Sugar 37
Nearness Is of Many Kinds 38
Keep Moving, Keep Growing 39
Make Yourself Ready to Do All He Wants 40
On the Limits of Fatalism 42
Another Alchemy 44
On Repentance 46
More Than One Stage Has to Be Transcended 47
See to It That You Pray Constantly 49
The Soul and the Spirit of Prayer 50
The Pure Name 51
Your Longing for Me Was My Messenger to You 52
All through the Night God Is Calling Us 53
Moses and the Shepherd 54
True Consciousness 58
The Sublime Art of Gathering-in 59
Draw Strength from Reality through Form 60
Find a Home in the Heights 61
Be Worthy of My Gifts 62
The Man of God 63
Become a Fool 64
Resurrection 65
A Life without Love Isn't a Life 69
Not the Garden but the Gardener 71
See the Friend Directly 72
Love is All That Exists 73
The Soul of Reality 74
The Root of the Entire Matter 75
Through Love 76
Only Love Can Explain Love 77
The Beloved Is Everything 78
Secret Ways 79
Astounding Comfort 80
Love, the Black Lion 81
Let Yourself Be Killed by Him 82
My Heart is "Light upon Light" 83
Lover and Love Are Only One 84
Rose Garden after Rose Garden 85
Love's Intelligences 87
Look for Passion, Passion, Passion, Passion 88
Love Makes the Seas Boil Like a Pot 89
It Itself Becomes Sign 91
Joy Will Unveil Itself 92
Destruction Precedes Renewal 97
Enter the Furnace 99
The Mystery of Misery 100
Ordeals by Terror 101
The Work of Religion Is Astonishment 102
The Sign 104
Look for the Happiness of a Supreme Lover 105
Grief Is Worth More Than the Empire of This World 106
Prudence 107
Keep Your Dragon in the Snow 109
Give the Serpent a Kiss 110
For Love, Like for a Furnace 111
Offer Your Life to This Work 112
A Supreme Grace 113
Gaze in Wonder at the Infinite Rose Garden 114
The Housewife and the Chickpea 115
He Will Not Let You Die 116
Satan 117
You Have No Idea What You Are Asking For 119
Obstacles on the Path 120
One Small Hair 121
The Tattoo Artist, the Lion, and the Man of Qazwin 122
Peace after Long Exile 124
Never Turn Away from Me 125
Despair Is a Sin 126
Praise God and Be Patient 127
The Serpent 129
Now Die to Yourself 132
My Work's to Risk My Head 134
Heaven Is Made of the Smoke of Hearts 135
Do Not Despair, My Soul! 136
The Desert Where Love Appears 137
Waters Constantly Flowing 141
Since You Are I, You Who Are Myself 142
The Rose Garden Has Flowered 143
O Most Glorified One! O Most Holy One! 144
She Was Always Referring to Him 146
Why Would I Not Be Honest? 148
The Highest Rank 149
Paradox on Paradox 151
What Is This Sacred Dance? 152
The Voluntary Slave 154
His Rarer Alchemy 155
Divine Pride 157
You Will Not Hear One from Me 158
God Wears Red 159
Go Further Always 161
The Direct View 162
My Burial Ground Will Invite You to Dance 163
Stage After Stage 164
Become a Sea 166
On the First Day of Every Year 167
Look for the District of Joy 168
United Tenderly 169
Reciprocal Loves 170
Sources 171
Glossary 172
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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Lessons on bravery, love, devotion, understanding, and paradoxes

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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