Words of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumiby Raficq Abdulla
Jalaluddin Rumi, the great Sufi mystic born in 1204, wrote poetry as a means to express and teach divine illumination. He believed that we have the potential, if we surrender ourselves to the power of love, to live in a condition of infinite bliss. His poems reflect the universal desire for something greater than ourselves; a psychic and spiritual energy which radiates love and draws us to our true nature. This expression of passionate yearning for the Beloved is timeless. Words of Paradise features poems from the Divan to Shams-e Tabriz, odes to the inspirational and mysterious figure who changed Rumi’s life and led him to spiritual enlightenment; from the Ruba’iyat, which are brief lyric pieces of a set form; and from the Mathnavi-e Ma’navi, the Poem of Inner Meanings, which, through its esoteric teachings, offers moral and spiritual knowledge.
In this collection of poems, selected for their intimacy and lyricism, Raficq Abdulla captures the metabolic, transformative energy of the original. Through rhythm and powerful imagery, he recreates the ecstatic state, full of joy and bewilderment, which Rumi considered so crucial to reach enlightenment. Each page is illustrated with miniatures and decorations from Islamic manuscripts, including ancient Mathnavis. The intricate patterns which match the words reflect the true spirit of the poems, and illuminate the teachings of one of the world’s greatest mystics.
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