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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; New edition edition (28 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302514
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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America's best-selling poet, 14th-century Sufi bard Rumi, would feel as overwhelmed as the rest of us when trying to pick out just the right collection of his translated masterpieces. To the rescue comes Kabir Helminski, a modern-day Sufi who has wrapped up a sampler of Rumi's inspirational poems. Let's not object that about half of the translations are from Kabir's own hand (in cooperation with his wife Camille) since they are excellent in their own respect and are accompanied by pieces from the likes of Robert Bly, Coleman Barks and Andrew Harvey. As editor, Helminski spans the range of Rumi's oeuvre, from the contemplative "Stay Close, My Heart", to the ecstatic "Drowned in God", to the whimsical "Animal Cookies". The magic of Rumi is his imagery. The journey to God comes cloaked in such guises as a tailor, bread, buttermilk, a surgeon, chickpeas, the edge of a roof, a beggar, a jar and an elephant's dream. Two of the tastiest treats are "Eating Poetry" and "Love is Like a Lawsuit". --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scholastico on 16 Sep 2009
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This is a really good account of Maulana Rumi's biography & works.Anyone wishing to make a collection on Maulana Rumi's works will find this text handy.We believe that a collection on Maulana Rumi's books & mathematician Omar Khayyam's works are indispensible to have with you as they make good heirlooms & giftsakes/guidance notes for the present youth & for the future generation.
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Yet again another Rumi collection that I thought I had reviewed; this is to make up for being remiss. I used this book for a year introducing students to Rumi's Poetry. A lot of care has gone into the production, given the corpus to choose or select from.What students seemed to like were linking themes, and this is arranged thematically, but using Sufi criteria which I found really helpful, each section being introduced by an extract from the Discourses. (Quite why the new Thackstone (Signs of the Unseen) translation is quite a bit cheaper than the Arbery reprint (Discourses), I cannot say. Very clear translations with the F numbers (a bit like Mozart's K numbers) and a very good bibliography. Kabir Helminski has done a very good job.
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By Dhu-n-Nun on 9 Oct 2014
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A beautifully designed and presented book, with thought-provoking translations of Rumi's work. The essays in the beginning on translating Rumi were a useful addition.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By magicsleeper on 8 Nov 2012
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The items in the package, The Rumi Collection: An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana... , is ok

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111 of 111 people found the following review helpful
The pleasurable pain of Love 6 April 2004
By DustyFeet - Published on
Format: Paperback
I greatly enjoy the poetry of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. His poems move me to action -- they put a smile on my face -- bring a sigh to my heart. I have at least half a dozen if not more books by the Mevlana.
Of all these books, this is perhaps one of my favourites. Many recent authors have taken to reinterpreting the Sufi Master; but I feel that in those works, the original author's message becomes intermixed with the translators'.
In this translation, the translator has attempted to keep close to the original intent and writing of the Mevlana, yet not getting into difficult English like earlier translations by R.A. Nicholson.
The result, to me at least, is a more powerful spiritual punch and deeper tug at one's heart-strings.
If you love the poetry of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, this is one book you should add to your collection, so at least you get a better feel of his voice.
44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Pleasing Compact Volume of Beautiful Poetry 3 Aug 2007
By K. Draper - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rumi was an incredibly prolific 13th century Persian poet and theologian whose writings continue to have world-wide appeal and resonance in our modern world. I was fortunate to receive this lovely book, and immediately began to read.

It was like drinking the coldest, most thirst-quenching water that goes immediately to the heart and soul. It was like diving into a refreshing ocean and finding pearls and sparkling treasures. Devoid of the kind of pretension, arcane language and obscure meaning that dull much poetry, it speaks with directness and immediacy, yet is astonishingly imaginative.

A perfect introductory collection, it is nicely edited, prefaced and largely translated by Rumi expert Kabir Helminski. Other translators are also included, such as Robert Bly, a poet whose work I enjoy and whose translations of the German poet Rilke I respect. It is both packed and compact, and it has a useful ribbon to mark your place. Whether you are a novice or a Rumi-ologist, you are sure to enjoy this book. It also makes lovely gift.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The Spring Breeze Has Brought Autumn Back from the Grave 28 Nov 2008
By Laurie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In the West we hear little of the beauty and wisdom of Islamic tradition. Jalalud-din Rumi, the founder of the Mevleviyya Sufi Order, has at least become known to us by name, even if we see only distorted snippets of his poetry.

If you've heard the name or you've seen quotations you like and want to find out more, this book is the best place to start. (The paperback is sure to reappear.) The editor Kabir Helminski, the only Westerner to become a Master of the Mevleviyya Order, is uniquely placed to create an accessible Beginner's Guide that does at least something like justice to the whole Rumi.

Some excerpts come from Rumi's vast output of lyric poetry, often extemporised in a state of rapture. (Remember that in the original the poems rhyme throughout, are written in intricate Persian metres, and were meant to be sung, not spoken.)

Others come from Rumi's great work the "Masnavi". Nothing like it exists in the West: we'd have to get Chaucer, Shakespeare, St Teresa and William Blake to collaborate. It contains poetry, philosophy, spiritual guidance, but above all teaching stories. Muslims understood the complexity of the learning process about a thousand years before anybody in the West realised. Some things are too subtle to learn directly; and some the mind, with its ingrained habits and patterns, actively resists learning. A story can smuggle in a message that would be rejected in any other form.

The final source is a book called "Fîhî ma Fîhî", records of Rumi's day-to-day talk with people who came to see him. Here we see Rumi as he was: a devout practising Muslim, a professional expert on Muslim Sacred Law like his father before him.

If Buddhist spirituality can be austere and bleak, with Rumi we are in a world of light, beauty and flowers. 5 stars because this is an ideal introduction; but remember this is a teensy bouquet from Rumi's vast and crowded garden.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An anthology of Rumi - Sufi Poetry 31 May 2009
By Richard Hundrieser - Published on
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An excellent collection of poetry written by Rumi, the master of Sufi poetry, written with depth of meaning and feelings. The poems are broken down under many categories so one can find a poem written for a specific situation. A great intro to Rumi's poetry.
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The Rumi Collection 6 Feb 2010
By Liza Dimarco - Published on
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What a nice collection of astute poetry. It is the sort of writing that makes one think but entertains at the same time. There are ah ha moments throughout. This is my true first exposure of Rumi in depth and I am a huge fan!
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