Rumi the Book of Love

It doesn’t matter that you’ve broken your vow

A thousand times. Still come,

And yet again, come.

–Rumi

“I have sold too many books. Rumi Translations have no business cresting in a wave of over half a million. It ‘s like selling picnic tickets to an unmarked minefield. ..I like to watch the changing moods and nuances of falling in and out of love, sand so does Rumi.  He’s not some mystic snob. He sees the beauty and importance of anything human beings do, no matter how scandalous or violent. The slipping and sliding around sex, the posturing of combatants prior to combat. But he always ues human incident as a lens to look into soul growth. The idea of commitment, that staple of psychology , doesn’t come up, nor any fear of intimacy scolding, no should and oughts.”  -coleman Barks

From East to West

                                                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Don’t seek me in this or that world

Both worlds have vanished in the world I am.

–Rumi

The end of  September marks the birthday of Rumi. In an article by Rasoul Sorkhabi states that Rumi is a Universal poet :

In his poems, Rumi does not talk about himself, his family or his past. This should not come as a surprise. He was first and foremost a deeply spiritual person living life “here and now, he adds. Poetry has become less and less present in our daily life and modern society. Even the word poetry is sometimes (mis)used to imply not-serious ideas or irrelevant sayings. This is in sharp contrast to the significance of poetry in historical cultures where poetry had a practical role: Parents read poems to their children; students memorized poems in schools, people recited poems as proverbs, and eminent poets were icons of wisdom and refined soul. Against this backdrop of the marginalization of poetry in our life and society, it is heartening to see Rumi shelves in major bookstores with Coleman Barks’ ‘The Essential Rumi’ as a best-selling book–a rare achievement for a poetry book. Despite the popularity of his poetry books, we will not see Rumi in book-signing events, lecture halls or television interviews. He was a thirteenth-century Persian poet, and people often do not know much about his life and thought. Who was Rumi, what is he saying in his works, why is he popular or even relevant to our generation? This article, Poetry of universal love: the journey of the poet Rumi.(Jalal al-Din Rumi)explores these questions.Read more of his biography by Rasoul Sorkhabi on article and databases.

 

 

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