Chasing Rumi: A Fable about Finding the Heart's True Desire

Chasing Rumi: A Fable about Finding the Heart's True Desire

by Roger Housden


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ISBN-13: 9780060084455
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/08/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 4.87(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Roger Housden is the author of several books of nonfiction, including Fire in the Heart, Sacred America, and his new bestselling book, Ten Poems to Change Your Life. He lives with his wife, Maria, in Woodstock, New York. This is his first novel.

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Chasing Rumi

A Fable About Finding the Heart's True Desire
By Roger Housden

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Roger Housden
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ISBN: 0060084456

Chapter One

Georgiou ran lightly, two steps at a time, up the worn marble stairs that lead to the Museo San Marco in Florence. It was an afternoon of steady light in the summer of his eighteenth year. At the top of the stairs he paused for a moment, aware suddenly of that museum flavor--the high, arched ceilings, the faint odor of polish from a dark wooden floor, the cool touch of the handrail, a brass one, that accompanied the stairs. The museum had once been a monastery, and in the fifteenth century Fra Angelico, the great Renaissance painter, had been a monk there. One of his duties had been to adorn each of the monks" cells with a fresco.

When Georgiou turned to face the entrance to the monks" dormitory, his eyes met the glow of a delicate radiance. Through the open archway, like an apparition, The Annunciation, Fra Angelico"s masterpiece, shone down on him from a large stone wall. In seconds, his natural exuberance gave way to a mood more sober and thoughtful. Something in the flowing grace of the angel Gabriel"s robe--or perhaps it was the reverence the angel and the Virgin showed in inclining toward each other--checked his youthful step and drew his attention inward.

A few moments there at the top of the stairs, and he started along the corridor, moving slowly now. He peered round the first couple of arched doors into the small, whitewashed rooms, pausing briefly to take in the frescoes that the master had painted for the monks" contemplation. When he came to the next door, he stepped inside the cell.

There, painted directly onto the dry surface of the wall, was the fresco depicting the Sermon on the Mount. The disciples were gathered in contemplation round Jesus. He was sitting a little above them on a stylized rock washed in a soft yellow that glowed on the wall of the cell. Christ"s right arm was raised, his forefinger pointing to heaven.

Georgiou stood in front of the painting entranced--by the luminous tones, lavender and green, of the disciples" robes, the remarkable simplicity of the drawing, but above all by the look on the faces of the disciples. They were filled with a rapture he had never known existed; a tangible sweetness of love, which was both of this world and not of it at the same time. Their expression seemed to show a love for Jesus, the man, and also for something else that could never be put into words. His legs began to tremble, his back turned cold.

The thoughts in Georgiou"s mind ebbed away. Unable to take his eyes from those beautiful faces, he fell into a deep silence. His strength failed him, and he sank slowly to the floor. How long he sat there, lost in the masterpiece, he had no idea. When he finally got to his feet he knew, though not with his ordinary mind, that he had been filled with the love that makes the world.


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Chasing Rumi: A Fable about Finding the Heart's True Desire 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is a fable about finding the heart's true desire and it is elegantly written with not a spare word. Moving fluidly from start to finish it connects directly with your consciousness in a way similar to music. Housden uses his past experiences as a leader of tours to sacred sites; we feel we are in the hands of a sensitive cartographer of the the world that Celtic mystics talk about. The author also gives a subtle and sensitive delineation of the mystical journey of the soul. Many readers will be intrigued by the fascinating links he makes between Sufism, Eastern Orthodoxy and the Divine Mother.This is a love story that reaches into the depths of the heart while traversing the bounties of the imagination.
mbergman on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very earnest but ultimately silly New Agey story about a Greek living in Florence who goes on a spiritual journey through Greece & Turkey, visiting holy men (& one woman) who inspire him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can¿t get enough of visionary fiction? Neither can I! These are just a few titles that will inspire you: The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) ; The Butterfly (Jay Singh); The Monk who sold his Ferrari (Robin Sharma) ; The Alchemist (Paulo Coehlo); Chasing Rumi (Roger Housden). My favorite is by far and away THE ALCHEMIST! Go ahead¿be inspired. Happy reading. Donald S. Buckland.