The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting

The Glance: Songs of Soul-Meeting

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ISBN-13: 9780141002316
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Series: Compass Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 814,987
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Soul-Friendshipxi
Jars of Springwater1
The Taste of Morning2
An Invisible Bee3
A General Introductory Lecture4
Hamza's Nothing5
The Verge of Tears6
Grainy Taste7
Tambourine Feet8
The Mirror Between Us9
In Love that Long10
Green from Inside11
I See My Beauty in You12
Underwater in the Fountain13
Playing and Being Played14
Friday15
Drowsy16
Continuously17
An Armor of Roses18
The Pleiades20
Would You Bow?21
Ashes, Wanderers22
The Day's Great Wooden Bowl23
So We Can Have What We Want24
Entering the Shell26
You Are As You Are27
Birds Nesting near the Coast28
As Lakewater Rises in Mist29
More Is Required30
Two Days of Silence31
Your Morning Shade32
What's Not Here33
Inside the Rose34
A Walking Fire36
The Knots Untie37
The Shine in the Fields39
I Am Not This40
Fierce Courtesy41
A Smile and a Gentleness42
Out in Empty Sky43
Wooden Walking Stick44
A World Dense with Greeting45
Spring Murmur47
Everyone Outdoors Talking49
Daring Enough to Finish51
What I See in Your Eyes52
Music Is My Zikr53
More of Your Names54
Even Better55
Thorn Witness56
Transparent Tree57
The Self We Share58
Hoofbeats60
Raw, Well-Cooked, Burnt62
Both Worlds63
God in the Stew64
Undressing65
Silkworms66
Musk in a Small Box67
Why and Where We Go68
A Voice Through the Door69
Solomon Ant70
As Fish Drink the Ocean71
What Is the Heart?72
A Great Rose Tree74
Word Fog75
Stranded Somewhere76
Too Vast for Partnership77
What Have You Been Drinking?78
Fastened to a Pole79
Saladin80
Ready for Silence81
A Man Talking to His House83
Every Tree85
I Met One Traveling86
Autumn Rose Elegy87
The Bright Core of Failure88
Listening90
Notes93
A Note on the Translation95
References97

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"Barks's translation is fluid and clear, further strengthening his reputation as one of the foremost Rumi experts writing in English today." —Kirkus Reviews

"Here are some of the most beautiful love lyrics ever spoken....Barks's translations are justly famous for their bell-like clarity and sharp simplicity. A highly desirable book, in all senses of desire." —Booklist

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imahawkeye1990 More than 1 year ago
Rumi reaches me quite like no other writer I've experienced. I find myself drawn to a particular poem for several days & with each re-reading coaxed a little deeper. Due to it's size, this book is easy to keep with me & I find myself pulling it out at a stoplight or during a dull meeting. This would be a beautiful gift to introduce someone to Rumi.
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