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Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved [Kindle Edition]

Maryam Mafi , Azima Melita Kolin
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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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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 The interesting introduction to their little book gives solid if sometimes slightly out-of-date information about the period.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

From the Back Cover

Born in Balkh (present-day Afghanistan), Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273) is one of the greatest Persian mystics and poets the world has known. His message of love speaks directly to the heart and transcends the limitations of language and the boundaries of time.

In the vast depths of Rumi's work the short quatrains, the Rubaiyat, are like crystals. They sparkle with the many hues of the rainbow and contain worlds inside. As we hold them iin our hands they capture us with their mystery. Transparent and clear they open doors into the wonder of inner spaces and longing. Whispers of two lovers in a crowd.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody speaks to the heart like Rumi 2 Dec. 2008
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 23 April 2006
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rumi:Whispers of the beloved 24 April 2005
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
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
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 Gems, caught in words 6 Jan. 2015
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Little emotional and spiritual gems, caught in words. This is not a book that one reads from cover to cover. Rather it's something to pick up now and then, to ponder over a few randomly chosen quatrains. For me (and everyone I've introduced to this little marvel) this goes beyond reading, but enters the transformation territory. It's like I can feel myself changing while reading... It also frequently succeeds in bringing tears to my eyes. Tears of joy, sorrow, and longing - tears for the beauty and sorrow of being human. I never thought poetry would be able to touch me that deeply, but here I am. I am impressed with these translations as well. Massively recommended for everyone looking for the transcendental dimension of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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By Yasmina
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It is something so lovely, pure and takes you to another world, another level of thinking. I cannot see anything negative or ugly in it. It's just brilliant! I always read it when I want to "clean" my brain and forget about the trivial matters around me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... short - which means one thing only - I loved it! Having a love for...
This book was too short - which means one thing only - I loved it! Having a love for Islamic sufism and Rumis work - I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poetry.
Published 2 days ago by Amirah Iqbal
1.0 out of 5 stars choose a different rumi book
Accidental one click purchase. As the title suggests its pretty soppy not my kind of rumi poems.
Published 13 days ago by evergr3n
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect little book of beautiful words!
Published 17 days ago by Aishah
5.0 out of 5 stars ... no other has in poetry when it is the loved and the
Rumi takes you where no other has in poetry when it is the loved and the Beloved
Published 1 month ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Portable perfection in tablet form
Wonderful translations in perfect tablet form.
Published 3 months ago by DCG
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Beloved
I love this little book of snippets of wisdom quotes by Rumi - mainly on humanity, love and the divine. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rootsdawtah
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good value
The translation of the poems is excellent and this small volume is an ideal introduction to the poetry of Rumi, the only reason for 4 stars is that it is a small selection of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C E Cameron
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Rumi what a writer
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small concise
Published 5 months ago by Sean Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
You either love or hate this type of poetry
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