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The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia by [Hazarat Inayat Khan, Coleman Barks: Translator]
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Spiritual Teaching in the Guise of Poetry
In 13th century Persia, spiritual teaching was given in the guise of poetry. From this vast treasury, Coleman Barks has selected a broad assortment of poems form the works of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafiz. These are combined with the lectures originally given by Inayat Khan in San Fransisco during 1923, which discuss the signifigance of the poets for our lives. The book is quite possibly the best anthology of Persian Sufi Poets currently available.

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Coleman Barks (born 1937) is an American poet. Although he neither speaks nor reads Persian, he is nonetheless renowned as an interpreter of Rumi and other mystic poets of Persia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Omega Publications Inc.; 2 Revised edition (23 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6BEAQI
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Most poetry lovers have discovered Rumi. In this book Rumi and four other mystic poets are celebrated. The five lectures given by Pir-o-Murshid Inagyat Khan, who is credited with bringing Sufism to the West, are fascinating mini bios of the five men. The lectures were given in San Franciso in 1923 and have been translated by Coleman Barks. There are notes included by Barks as well. Rumi considered two of these poets his poetic masters: Attar and Sanai. Fariduddin Attar was a perfumist, a doctor and a poet. He was born in Nishapur in 1119. His most famous poem is "The Conference of the Birds". My favourite is "Mysticism" in which he writes "I met a woman once and asked her where love had led her. 'Fool, there's no destination to arrive at. Loved one and lover and love are infinite'. There is a list of "Sources" in the back of the book so readers can find more on the poets that especially resonate with them. As Rumi wrote: "Listen to presences inside poems. Let them take you where they will."
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This book is a beautiful introduction to the world of Sufi poetry. The five featured poets are each dazzling masters of language whose works grow richer with each re-reading. The greatest part of this book, however, is the amazing introductions by Inayat Khan. His words are full of both wisdom and beauty. They will enchant any who read them and, like the poetry, they will provide the reader a great deal to think about.
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In many respects this could be seen as an update on the Penguin classic Persian Poetry, although in many respects it is much more accessible. Five of Persia's greatest poets in one volume, which is really an introduction and the bibliography at the end will I am sure, lead to more selective reading. What is striking is the differences in style and tone in the translations, and yet they are all speaking with the same voice. Coleman Barks has done much to publicise these riches of wisdom from ancient Persia, each with a strong devotional theme, which in who is a good example of a modern Sufia way reflects the devotional impulse which produced the rise of the Gothic cathedral all over a contemporary Europe. What I also found that Bark's translations - at least in this volume, are relatively free from Americanisms in phraseology, so an audience outside of American may be accommodated. What is also a flash of inspiration is the introductory essays to each poet by Inayat Khan, which is as informed as it is generous - butthat is one of the characteristics of the Sufis. A lovely book. While an admitted lover of Rumi's poetry, I have had one line of Sanai's running through my head for almost a whole month after first reading it, not so much that it is a jewel of wisdom, which it is,but refkection hasshown it to be practical as well.'If you can take care of things, do so....'
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This book is indispensible.It is a very good book to keep in the house & share reading with the rest of the family.Often we find that with the fast way of life today & with the breakdown of the family unit that essential knowledge & wisdom of grandparents & the older generations is not passed down to the present youth so the young miss out on that invaluable knowledge of the experienced people.Well this book will bridge that gap.This book is particularly relevant to young families with small children who aspire to give their kids the best start,because it lays down the foundations of how to sow the seed of a good character in children.
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