- Paperback: 381 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; First Edition First Printing edition (1 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142196126
- ISBN-13: 978-0142196120
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.6 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Love Poems from God (Compass) Paperback – 1 Nov 2002
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Presents a selection of works from twelve spiritual poets, including Rumi, St. Teresa of Avila, Rabia, and St. John of the Cross.
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Rabia of Basra (c. 717—801) is without doubt the most popular and influential of female Islamic saints and a central figure in the Sufi tradition. Read the first page
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I picked up this book at a friend's house and couldn't put it down!
The way these poems have been written is deceptively light, even at times sexy and funny; yet with a dazzling impact of gently delivered philosophy.
The "12 Voices" are both male and female, range over time from 717AD to 1649AD and geographically from India to Spain and back again yet share similar thoughts about this world and our relationship with God. I feel this book has a universal truthfulness which cuts straight through the things which sometimes divide us from each other - religion, gender, nationality, history, language.
Now we have to trust that Daniel Ladinsky has translated truthfully and chosen carefully from the wealth of material he had access to. I am not qualified to comment on that but I can say that this book has the feel of being lovingly forged and it feels true in every way.
There are surprises at every turn.
"Since no one really knows anything about God,
those who think they do are just
troublemakers" Rabia of Basra (717 -801)
"The words Guru, Swami, Super Swami, Master, Teacher, Murshid,
most of those sporting such a title are just peacocks.
The litmus test is:
hold them upside down over a cliff for a few hours.
If they don't wet their
maybe you found a real
one. Kabir (1440 -1518)
I have never been so mentally stretched and transported by joy simultaneously before; that is what this book did to me. I find myself looking at this world and the people I meet differently and more kindly having read this book.
Love Poems from God is a great 'tool' to use in meditation and one which you can dip into at any time. The writings of the mystic are so alive and full of love.
All twelve -- VERY DIFFERENT --- 'voices' sound identical, like New Age american poetry borrowing imagery randomly but mainly from Sufism. Like a bad taste version of Coleman Barks' Rumi translations. They sound nothing like Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Meister Eckhart, etc.
I say 'dishonest' because I can't find an admission by Ladinsky in the book that he has churned them out himself. His words are weaselly and in my mind unethical. Why couldn't he just say he wrote poems as 'tributes' to these twelve great thinkers??
Again, if these poems are to your taste, fine. (They clearly are for some other reviewers.) Enjoy them! But if someone has reached a great spiritual stage of evolution, doesn't the truth matter? And fair treatment of others, 'identity theft' of spiritual masters, even if they are dead?
Uplifting and inspiring, with heart and guts and
dancing, soul and spirit.
An insight into the wisdom of such teachers - over many
centuries - translated most beautifully and sensitively by
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is as much of a treasure as the other poems we've enjoyed translated by Daniel Ladinsky.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A favorite since I discovered it twenty years ago. I keep on giving it away to friends.Published 16 months ago by MH Wellesley-Wesley
A beautiful book, perfect for personal use and as a gift. Challenges our traditional view of God and is truly inspirational.Published on 9 Feb. 2014 by Kirsty Westwood
This is a must read book for all spiritual seekers. Each page is food for thought for at least a day!
What a wonderful collection!