Rumi has been a favorite poet/mystic of mine for about 8 years now. His verse is so perfect, the words so completely depict the bliss and longing and Heaven/Nirvana between the Soul and God, the Beloved. I could never live without this book. I study it like the Bible. For similar beauty, try Carmen's Sorrows of Fleeting Joy and Kevin N. Roberts' Quest for the Beloved and/or Fatal Women. You will adore them. I can't put them down. I have them on the bedside table at all times.
This collaboration of Coleman Barks reading Rumi, the tabla drum, the flute and sitar is such a perfect marriage of expressive music and delicious Rumi. It brings Rumi's words to life so well, I get levels of understanding and joy from the spoken words that reading them on the printed page alone seldom delivered.
These songs are not for the quick, the ephemeral, the here and now. Lay back. You're in a hurry, but there is time. There is distance between what you think you have to do, and what needs to be done. There is distance between you. And you. Lay back and come together. Listen . . . Hear it? You can hear yourself coming together. Like a suture. If you don't have time for this book, let it bleed.