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Book Title: Poems of Rumi|
The author of the book: Jalaluddin Rumi
ISBN 13: 9780944993101
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.29 MB
Edition: Audio Literature
Date of issue: December 1st 1990
Read full description of the books Poems of Rumi:It is very difficult to review poetry. It's essentially a very personal experience for everyone. The poet interprets the world in his own way but at the same time tries to reach out and find a connection to the reader by expressing feelings and situations that are known to everyone. I'm finding it very difficult to say I liked this because somehow the word 'like' doesn't seem enough. So I will paint a picture for the prospective reader in the hope that it will help to understand my personal experience.
Imagine if you will going down dark steps to a dark cave. Suddenly you see a door before you and of course you open it. Initially you are blinded by whatever is inside. But for a while you don't know what that is. As your eyes begin to adjust you realize that what you have before you is a treasure room and the huge amount of gold is what was blinding you. As you become more and more adjusted you go through the treasure. It's not only large amounts of gold coins as you thought. Hidden underneath are emeralds and rubies and pearls. Sometimes you will find a piece of not so worthy a metal but that you can throw away. And then you come to the knowledge that you are rich.
Reading Rumi is more like reading stories rather than poetry. It reminds us the words of Confucius and the Dalai Lama, there's usually a moral at the end. But whether one agrees or not there is a certain calmness that follows the reading much like a spiritual experience.
Read information about the authorRumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages, and he has been described as the most popular poet and the best-selling poet in the United States.
His poetry has influenced Persian literature, but also Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of some other Turkic, Iranian, and Indo-Aryan languages including Chagatai, Pashto, and Bengali.
Due to quarrels between different dynasties in Khorāṣān, opposition to the Khwarizmid Shahs who were considered devious by his father, Bahā ud-Dīn Wālad or fear of the impending Mongol cataclysm, his father decided to migrate westwards, eventually settling in the Anatolian city Konya, where he lived most of his life, composed one of the crowning glories of Persian literature, and profoundly affected the culture of the area.
When his father died, Rumi, aged 25, inherited his position as the head of an Islamic school. One of Baha' ud-Din's students, Sayyed Burhan ud-Din Muhaqqiq Termazi, continued to train Rumi in the Shariah as well as the Tariqa, especially that of Rumi's father. For nine years, Rumi practised Sufism as a disciple of Burhan ud-Din until the latter died in 1240 or 1241. Rumi's public life then began: he became an Islamic Jurist, issuing fatwas and giving sermons in the mosques of Konya. He also served as a Molvi (Islamic teacher) and taught his adherents in the madrassa. During this period, Rumi also travelled to Damascus and is said to have spent four years there.
It was his meeting with the dervish Shams-e Tabrizi on 15 November 1244 that completely changed his life. From an accomplished teacher and jurist, Rumi was transformed into an ascetic.
On the night of 5 December 1248, as Rumi and Shams were talking, Shams was called to the back door. He went out, never to be seen again. Rumi's love for, and his bereavement at the death of, Shams found their expression in an outpouring of lyric poems, Divan-e Shams-e Tabrizi. He himself went out searching for Shams and journeyed again to Damascus.
Rumi found another companion in Salaḥ ud-Din-e Zarkub, a goldsmith. After Salah ud-Din's death, Rumi's scribe and favourite student, Hussam-e Chalabi, assumed the role of Rumi's companion. Hussam implored Rumi to write more. Rumi spent the next 12 years of his life in Anatolia dictating the six volumes of this masterwork, the Masnavi, to Hussam.
In December 1273, Rumi fell ill and died on the 17th of December in Konya.
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