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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About the Author
Andrew Harvey is the author of Son of Man: The Mystical Path to Christ and more than thirty other books. He has also published several other collections of Rumi, including The Way of Passion.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.