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Rumi: Soul Fury: Rumi and Shams Tabriz on Friendship by [Barks, Coleman]
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“The mystical and soul-stirring friendship between Rumi and Shams Tabriz was built upon mutual exploration of crazy wisdom and dangerous truth that those who surrounded these men could not understand or appreciate. This kind of spiritual friendship... is described repeatedly in Soul Fury.” (Spirituality and Practice)

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This is how the heart sounds. Do not change the melody, this now, you and I, here together. Let this being with each other be heart-sound.

The evocative, spiritual poetry of thirteenthcentury Sufi mystic Rumi has inspired people for centuries, and Coleman Barks' stunning translations are unparalleled. This exquisite new collection speaks to the mystery of soul friendship, specifi cally between Rumi and Shams Tabriz, and universally in the relationships we all share.

Jelaluddin Rumi and Shams Tabriz met in 1244 and began a mystical, divine friendship, one not bound to time and space and despite their diff erences. Where Rumi was introspective, loving, and embodied peace and kindness, Shams was wild, brash, and honest—full of a fi ery passion Barks calls "soul fury." Together they shared an eternal friendship that resulted in Rumi's luminous quatrains and the wise Sayings of Shams Tabriz, giving language to the delight of true friendship.


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  • Publisher: HarperOne (14 Oct. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x88e22b64) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e12610) out of 5 stars A Masterwork from Rumi and from Poet Coleman Barks 20 Oct. 2010
By David Crumm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Rumi is widely described as the most popular poet in the English language and that may be true, although no one seems to have definitive data to prove that claim. In any case, there are well over 100 Rumi titles available on Amazon. Here's why this particular volume is worth buying:

Coleman Barks is the noted American poet who has devoted decades of his life to interpreting Rumi's work for modern English-language readers. He's not a scholar of Rumi's own original language, but Barks works with leading scholars and translators to come up with the best translations of the original Rumi texts, then Coleman interprets these verses in poetry that is accurate to the original -- and brings fresh poetic insight to today's readers. Among other things, this massive book is Barks' own selection of what he sees as the best of Rumi's body of work that sometimes is referred to as "The Works of Shams Tabriz." That's right: The actual body of Rumi's work is far larger. Rumi's work also isn't as well organized as this volume -- at least to contemporary eyes. Barks does a whole lot to help us enter this mysterious world full of astonishing lines, images and thoughts.

Who was Shams Tabriz? You'll learn in the book that he is a mysterious figure. He was Rumi's mentor and friend, but far more than that. He was Rumi's gateway really into spiritual and creative transformation. Shams soon vanished. The book's introduction explains theories on what happened to Shams. But Rumi felt a great and lingering grief and longing after Shams disappeared. This led to these epic reflections on the nature of daily life, the universe, our quest to raise our awareness of the world's daily wonders--and the profound nature of friendship.

If you're shopping for Rumi--and thousands do each year--you'd do well to start with this volume. Barks and HarperOne have organized the book as a wonderful introductory work. Barks himself says that no one can claim to be the "definitive" Rumi translator for all time. Such a claim would not make sense. Rumi's work has so many mysteries, so many treasures, that Barks himself says that we need many interpreters. And that means we need to welcome many readers to the great man's work.

Enjoy. You'll find this book a wonderful companion for the year ahead -- and a great gift for a friend, too!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e105d0) out of 5 stars Stunning, Mystical, Romantic! 29 Nov. 2010
By Money Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Rumi, as always, is a stunning enlightened being with holy words that pour out of his mouth. Coleman Barks has assembled a masterful collection of Rumi's best. As I read the poems, I can see the dance, smell the smells and be in the moment. The pieces range from the romantic to the silly, but all celebrate mystical love and friendship. If you like Rumi, or if you are new to one of the greatest poets of all time, buy this book and enjoy it: read it to your lover, read it to your self, meditate on the dance of words. Drink the wine of the Beloved!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By seeker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you've ever read Mao's LITTLE RED BOOK, this is totally unlike it! Praise God! or Allah Akbar! It is as different as Ying is to Yang!

Anything Coleman Barks has written is well worth reading! Some critics suggest that because his renditions of Rumi were not translated by him, they are inferior. This is far from the truth!

In music, someone who plays someone else's song, is called an interpreter. The new version is always a little different and sometimes better, with heartfelt improvisation. Perhaps, in poetry, this holds true, too. Who better to interpret poetry than a poet?

Coleman Barks is a true poet; unrestrained by language, rhyme, and meter. He suggests that he is only a minor poet. What makes one a major poet? How old or dead do you have to be? How many people have to read or respect your work?

RUMI - THE BIG RED BOOK is great and should be savored like a fine wine. It is arranged in something like chapters, according to some of the ninety-nine names of God and some representatives of True Human Beings. Occasionally, you may read some familar lines from an earlier work but with a new twist. The words and poems are alive! This book is one I will treasure and re-read, hoping to experience more.

It seems Coleman Barks is always revising, compiling, and exploring deeper into meanings. He seems to be an American disciple of Rumi. He reminds me of Chuang Tzu explaining Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching. (Pardon my Anglicanization - I barely understand English, let alone other languages)

I could go on, but if you like Rumi and the Way, you'll love this.
62 of 82 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8977a9fc) out of 5 stars Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship 14 Nov. 2010
By brewbird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Before buying this book one should understand that Coleman Barks did not translate Rumi, but interpreted already translated Rumi poems. You will not be reading Rumi's poetry, but Coleman Barks' interpretations of Rumi's poetry that had been previously translated. Barks is not a translator and, from the best of my knowledge, knows very little Persian (Farsi) let alone the Persian of almost 800 years ago. You will be reading his Rumi perspective and experience, which many people today seem to like and confuse with the real Rumi translations.

I don't think much of his interpretations (therefore one star) because I was first exposed to Rumi in 1972 and the translations of A. J. Arberry and Nicholson - before Barks started reading Rumi. If you are not proficient in Persian and want to read him with the least loss in translation, I suggest that you get the more authoritative translations. If you think that Barks is a talented poet, writing about Rumi's specific poems, go for Barks.

To sum up: DO NOT BE MISLED. This publication is a lot about Coleman Barks and not so much about Rumi.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89c4b208) out of 5 stars Rumi lovers will revel in this holy homage to friendship! 27 Jan. 2015
By Yelda Basar Moers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is truly an incredible book, and has changed the way I look at friendship. For anyone fascinated by the soul, spiritual poetry, or friendship, especially by the friendship of Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, one of the greatest creative mysteries of all time, get your hands on this book! Reading about their relationship and the poetry they both penned, all incredibly presented and translated by Coleman Barks, who I believe is a genius, has allowed me to see connections in an entirely different way, as "soul friendships.”

This compilation by Barks is truly a gift to all readers and lovers of Rumi! It is just as stellar as many of his other bestselling translations such as The Big Red Book, Bridge to the Soul, The Essential Rumi and The Book of Love, all of which I have read.

Some of my favorite passages from Soul Fury are below. Half of the book is the words of Rumi, the other half from Shams of Tabriz. What a beautiful homage to their friendship.

A warm, rainy day—this is how
it feels when friends get together.
Friend refreshes friend then,
as flowers do each other,
in a spring rain.

Your soul knows all about everything,
whether you say anything or not.

We are a brush in the hand of the mystery
that is painting this soul-making universe.

Your friends, the beloveds,
all live within the circle of BE!
The heart is
a point of union—moreso
than even the sky.

I came here for the refuge of friendship.
For someone with whom I can be true to myself,
no hypocrisy, no pretending anything.

Search within yourself. The great mystery is there.

From this compilation, we can see clearly that the deepest union of souls can be in the freedom of friendship!
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