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The Soul of Rumi

The Soul of Rumi [Kindle Edition]

Coleman Barks
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The Soul of Rumi is renowned poet Coleman Barks' first major assemblage of newly translated Rumi poems since his bestselling The Essential Rumi.

Coleman Barks presents entirely new translations of Rumi's poems, published for the first time in The Soul of Rumi. The poems range over the breadth of Rumi's themes: silence, emptiness, play, God, peace, grief, sexuality, music, to name just a few. But the focus is on the ecstatic experience of human and divine love and their inseparability, conveyed with Rumi's signature passion, daring, and insights into the human heart and the heart's longings.


Collects newly translated and annotated poems by the thirteenth-century Sufi mystic covering topics including silence, God, play, friendship, grief, and music.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (14 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WU26
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry of the soul! 13 July 2012
Jelaluddin Rumi's (1207-73) poetry praises man, love and the universe. The aim of his poetry is to transform, bring awareness and celebrate the human incarnation and the mystery of love.
The main message in these forty sections of poetry collected here is to do things from one's soul, as it is then that one can feel a river moving in oneself.

Joyce Akesson, author of Majnun Leyla: Poems About Passion, The Invitation and Love's Thrilling Dimensions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation 25 Feb 2014
By Yasmin
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Rumi's brilliance is again beautifully translated by Coleman Barks. This is an extensive collection with many unusual poems, always very meaningful. A long term bedside book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readit! 29 July 2013
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Just what I wanted and expected recommend to all - discover it for your self and be amazed !!!!!!! go
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rumination - illumination of life with "The Soul of RUMI" 27 Nov 2001
By Jeanne Lanigan - Published on
Whether you are new to Rumi or a devotee, whether you are a seeker of truth and wisdom, or you would simply enjoy a book of wonderful poetry, this is a book you should buy.
First if all, I should explain that I love Rumi and recite Rumi, and do it well enough, that listeners often ask me which book should be chosen. Since the publication of The Soul of Rumi, I find myself saying that if one were to choose two books that are the best of Rumi, the first is the Soul of Rumi, and the second is the Illuminated Rumi. Coleman Barks translations of Rumi have a spirit and beauty that truly reflect Rumi's vision and clarity. Coleman's accompanying dialogues give us a glimpse into Rumi, 13th century Turkey, and Shams, Rumi's mystical friend and teacher.
Coleman makes it easy to understand Rumi's poetry; not just as a translation from the 13 century, but for the wisdom and guidance it offers to all of us, living in the 21st century. The poems in the section on Human Grief were one of the ways I managed to get through this last September.
What is most wonderful for lovers of Rumi, is the order and sections that Coleman chose in this book. This presentation is a wonderful format to help the reader understand the passion and the soul of Rumi. The sections are divided into `wisdom categories' (my interpretation). The names of the sections communicate the viability of Rumi for today's important life questions. For example, "Living as Evidence", and "The Banquet - This is Enough was Always True", and "The Joke of Materialism". Some sections reflect Sufi concepts like Fana (Dissolving beyond doubt..) and Baqa (reentry into the world, " the Arabic word for living within, lived with clarity and reason, ...the absorbing work of this day"). And for those of us, like myself, who recite Rumi, it is very helpful to have the arrangement by what, in effect, is topics. This book offers insight into Sufism, which in turn can help in the understanding of Islam. But as always, Coleman skirts the links of Rumi's poetry to a particular belief system, and in so doing, keeps Rumi's message in a form most appropriate for today. Rumi himself claimed he bore no label - "Not Christian, Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddist, Sufi or Zen".
And there are so many poems that even I, who usually would sit and devour a Coleman Barks translation, in a day, must go slowly, must savor every moment; and I am so grateful to Coleman for his work and his gift of the Soul of Rumi.
Buy a few copies, the book is beautiful and would make a great gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The alchemy of RumiÃ*s vision brought to life 31 Dec 2001
By Voltaire - Published on
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Jelaluddin Rumi has become familiar to Western readers who seek out ecstatic poetry, as more and more translations and commentaries are offered on perhaps this greatest of mystical writers. But as they say, it takes one to know one, and Coleman BarksÕ masterpiece is the obvious product of an attuned heart and poetic soul.
This volume is one of the clearest and most vibrant illustrations of the Ôwild heartÕ Rumi was and is. It is difficult to find superlatives which do justice to the beauty and towering vision this work contains. Every verse, every line seems to open, in some disarmingly simple way, vast new vistas of possibilities for the human spirit.
How good is this book? The highest accolade that can be given Barks is that his brief section introductions, frequently fodder in other volumes exploring Rumi, here are powerful and transformative in their own right. Each one sets up the following verses in a natural and seamless flow. BarksÕ light shines brightly, even in the rarefied company he keeps.
Get this volume and devour it. Then get another copy and give it to someone who is ready for the infinite freedom it open-handedly offers...
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transforming 20 Jan 2005
By Douglas King - Published on
It would be pointless for me to really try to "review" this book. I can only highly, emphatically recommend it. This book is the first introduction I've had to Rumi, and it's been an incredible literary experience for me. This book has really touched and inspired me. I've been reading it slowly over the last few months, digesting it bit by bit, because I wanted to savor it instead of rushing through it. One day in particular, I remember being in a foul mood, fed up with people and the world, and after reading a handful of Rumi's poems I felt peaceful and transformed. If you have any interest at all in spirituality or poetry, do yourself a favor and buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best introduction to Rumi available 8 Feb 2004
By matt nickel - Published on
If there is only one book of Rumi you purchase, this should be it. But warning, the purchase may send you into a frenzy to learn and read more.
Barks' works as a translator here make poetry come alive, leap off the page and fly circles around your mind. A single poem can bring a person to great thoughts.
The book begins with a great introduction to Rumi's life, work, culture, spirituality, but Barks also includes some history of Sufi poetry. Then Barks divides the poetry into logical sections. Some involve community, others involve love, some love of God, peace between religions, inner life, work, home, playing... The range of catagories Barks creates represent human life in a wholeistic manner. They make Rumi's poetry easier to grasp, much more enjoyable, and center on the needs of all human beings. Barks also introduces each section (usually no more than a page). Barks' intros are concise, clear, and point toward key ideas in the most notable poems of each section.
This large collection of poetry is worth reading for a lifetime. Not to mention as Robert Bly asked of Barks years ago, Barks follows through in "releasing these translations from their cages."
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barks scores again 31 Oct 2001
By P. Nagy - Published on
The Soul of Rumi is Barks most sustained adaptations of Rumi to date. It should reach a wide audience and of special note is his translation of Book IV of the Masnavi, Rumi's masterpiece (and previously available only in Nicholson scholarly and stilted version). Barks has a way to make Rumi's rich imagery come alive in a natural American diction. In this volume Barks own natural voice is brought to the fore with acknowledgement of his own limitations and appreciation of the guidance he has found along the way, making this the most fulsome account of his own interpretations of the Persian poet.
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