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Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved [Kindle Edition]

Maryam Mafi , Azima Melita Kolin
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Rumi is sympathetically presented by these translators, who it is clear, absolutely love him and desire nothing less than to share him with you. The interesting introduction to their little book gives solid if sometimes slightly out-of-date information about the period. The framework of dramatic upheaval and invasion they paint is currently questioned by scholars who think Rumi and his family had left Samarkand some three years before the Mongols destroyed it. They focus, quite correctly, on Rumi's relationship with Shams of Tabriz, a key figure in Rumi's spiritual development. Here he is romantically described as "although of shabby appearance and rough manner ... a highly advanced Sufi walking the spiritual path of love ...". However, Franklin Lewis in his outstanding study, Rumi: Past and Present, East and West, shows that Shams was an eloquent author and engaging speaker, well-versed in the philosophical and theological discourse of his day.

Rumi is appropriately described as "the sun that warms and transforms hearts, attracting people from all creeds, classes and religions." At the end of the book there is a small section of "Terms and Symbolism" that explain what Rumi meant when he used the terms Lover, Beloved, Drunkenness, etc. Although this firmly anchors Rumi's work in its origins, readers have not been invited or guided to go any further. The translators unfortunately do not clarify what their objectives were in producing this little work.

The "Roba'is" or quatrains presented here have been translated from the respected Persian scholar Forouzanfar's critical edition of Rumi's Divan--which Lewis regards as the closest we have to the corpus of what Rumi originally wrote. These would have benefited by being presented in some order, perhaps under subject headings. As it is, the 100 quatrains are simply presented one after the other without offering any time for "digestion". The sometimes inelegant English also serves to interrupt the flow and arouses irritation, eg "First he tempted me with infinite caresses. He burnt me in the end with pain and sorrow." "It is time for prayer, time to find what is your real need." For all this, Whispers of the Beloved, once one learns how to handle its quirks, is crammed with enough profundities to keep one going for a very long time. --Amar Hegedus

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A breathtaking new collection of translations of poems by Rumi, one of the world’s most loved mystical teachers. Beautifully illustrated with Persian calligraphy, this is an ideal ebook for every MBS reader.

Jalal-uddin Rumi was born in what is now Afghanistan in 1207. His poetry has inspired generations of spiritual seekers, both from his own Sufi school and well beyond. His poems speak to the seeker and the lover in all of us.

In recent years, interest in Rumi has skyrocketed, with perrfomances, CDs by Deepak Chopra, and filmed versions of his life all in the work. In these beautiful, simple new translations – 100 in all – his timeless appeal is obvious.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 488 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (6 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722539819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722539811
  • ASIN: B008TGKXYA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody speaks to the heart like Rumi 2 Dec 2008
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Rumi's poetry goes straight to the heart. I absolutely love it and can really say that it changed my life.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 23 April 2006
Format:Paperback
I love this little book, and dip into it often. The translation is very good, unlike some volumes of Rumi's work where the "translators" have given themselves rather a free rein.

For the quality of selection, however, my favourite remains Juliet Mabey's Rumi: A Spiritual Treasure which is beautifully arranged and rather easier to find your way around. But all in all a lovely book, and highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumi:Whispers of the beloved 24 April 2005
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A facinating book, very insightful and intoxicating. Its a perfect size too. A thoughtful book which I liked reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 21 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
Very beautiful. I don't know how his book figures in terms of a quality translation. But I do know that, if you've never read Rumi before, this is a lovely little book that you can dip into and enjoy. This was my 1st experience of reading Rumi, i will be reading more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a loving introduction to a breathtaking writer 27 Aug 2003
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This speaks of the intimacy of being swept up by the endless love of God, something strikingly fresh from the cold face of religion so often portrayed in media.
It is relevant and it is beautiful. Read it and see a different side to Islam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 27 Oct 2010
By gogo
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Rumi has a great power to move a person to tears - and this is a highly recommended translation. The book is pocket-sized and the poems are well presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Rumi 12 July 2014
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Good introduction to Rumi. Makes a good gift, too. Is beautifully presented, laid out & translated, by two very artistic (sufi) ladies. Probably my favorite anthology of his poetry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 4 April 2014
By Jen
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This book arrived promptly in very good condition. It is smaller than I expected, a pocket size book which may get lost on my book shelf. Otherwise, looking forward to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most heartfelt collection of Rumi's poems
This is always with me and go back to it again and again for reflections and guidance. A great collection of poems, full of wisdom and beauty from this great sufi. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Koz
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Published 29 days ago by Michael Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
the introduction is a must read so compassionately written, what a joyous read . the poems "quote" take you to
places where your spirit will be at home.
Published 15 months ago by jardine
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Truely an excellent writer who captures the inner whispers of the mind, short and sweet words put together witha powerful meaning for those who understand...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
heard so much about Rumi so i decided to purchase some of these books & as a first time reader on Rumis works i've got to say these books are very heart touching & inspirational, a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Naz
5.0 out of 5 stars RUMI, WHISPERS OF THE BELOVED
Excellent service, arrived on time, properly packaged, price reasonable - all I have come to expect, really, from my Amazon transactions!
Published on 30 Dec 2011 by Mrs. A. Stevens
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit too small for a present.
I ordered this book as a Xmas present and was slightly disappointed by it's size. If you're a first time reader who isn't looking for much depth then I think this book is fine. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by SomeGirl
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