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To ask other readers questions about The Soul of Rumi , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 17, Stanley rated it it was amazing. This is not a book you can ever say you "Read" as if you actually finished it and then put it on the shelf. This book is a bible, a companion, a map to the soul, to life and all the Universe.

You will carry it with you around the house, keep it on your desk, in your bathroom, in your backpack - wherever it is you may need quick access to enlightened poetry and guidance. If you are up, this book will provide confirmation. If you are down, this book will give you answers and reasons to keep search This is not a book you can ever say you "Read" as if you actually finished it and then put it on the shelf.

If you are down, this book will give you answers and reasons to keep searching, keep trying to know love. If you are in love, this book will make you realize what it is you have gotten yourself into. Rumi is timeless and each time you read his poems, it is like reading them for the 1st time. This book should be a daily visit for every human. Coleman Barks is truly gifted in his understanding of Rumi and translation abilities.

I was blessed to be able to see him recite from this book live. It was one of the most beautiful moments in my life. View all 4 comments. Sep 22, Fergus rated it it was amazing. And a wobbly-kneed ambler through dense and decayed Denis-Johnsonian urban streetscapes I know whereof Coleman Barks and his mentor Rumi speak.

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I could not do without my Inner Guide. We believers call Him the Spirit - but to each his or her own. Our Inner Guide gets us through the long tough day, too But Coleman Barks is listening. VERY closely. Yes, and Rumi too - even way back then, listening - in a now-forgotten mythic, mystical Middle East! My wonderful brother gave it to me many years ago. He knows me well. I always went my own way, the cauchemar of my well-meaning parents, teachers and long-suffering friends And like you, lost it and re-found it over, and over, and over again.

We only have to remember our Guide!

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Graffiti people on bathhouse walls have intelligent origins, but think who drew the mind! It takes know-how to make oil from suet. These suet-jelly eyes we see with were also skilfully devised. Now silence lets the One behind your eyes talk. Think of those famous lines by Auden: Poetry is a way of happening - A mouth. But for me, a line or two of Rumi says it all! View all 5 comments. Jan 05, Nicole Taylor rated it it was amazing.

I like to read this book early in the morning. It's like eating love for breakfast. A corny thing to say. And utterly true. View 1 comment. Apr 23, justin rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. Children Running Through I used to be shy. You made me sing. I used to refuse things at table. Now I shout for more wine. In somber dignity, I used to sit on my mat and pray. Now children run through and make faces at me. View 2 comments. Feb 12, Anima rated it it was amazing. Loving God is the only pleasure. Other delights turn bitter. What hurts the soul? To live without tasting the water of its own essence.

People focus on death and this material earth. They have doubts about soul water. Those doubts can be reduced! Use night to wake your clarity. Darkness and the living water are lovers. Let them stay up together. When merchants eat their big meals and sleep their dead sleep, we night-thieves go to work. Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell. And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling!

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At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come and press its face against mine. Breathe into me. Close the language - door and open the love window. The moon won't use the door, only the window. To see your face in a crowd of others, or alone on a frightening street, I weep for that. Our tears improve the earth. The time you scolded me, your gratitude, your laughing, always your qualities increase the soul. Seeing you is a wine that does not muddle or numb. We sit inside the cypress shadow where amazment and clear thought twine its growth into it.

Apr 29, Tony duncan rated it liked it Recommends it for: interested in sufism , spiritual poetry.


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Shelves: literature. Rumi got me started writing poetry. Someone gave me a book of his.

Just gave it to me because they thought I could use it. Boy were they right. I was so taken by the clear simple attention to an idea of God that I could relate to if not necessarily wholeheartedly embrace.

And his impetus, allowed this dam of repressed fear and anxiety and frustration to come out in a torrent of poems over the next couple of years. Then jaki got me three books of Hafiz, the modern Translations by Landinsky. And t Rumi got me started writing poetry. And they just took my breath away from me. Hafiz' God talks to me in a way no other spiritual writing ever has. Now when I look at Rumi, I see something that is two dimensional, still beautiful, but Hafiz reaches me on at least 4 dimensions.

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I also wonder if the Coleman Barker Translations don't really do Rumi justice. Aug 26, Anastasia rated it really liked it. Another of my favorite Persian poets. Sadly this book did not come with the poem in original Persian and there is perhaps a little too much of the translators own story. All I wanted was the poems of Rumi but those that I got were exceptional. Rumi's poems speak to the very soul and in many cases advice can be found in his words.

View all 3 comments. Jun 11, Kimberly Willson - St. Clair rated it it was amazing. I like to read a few poems at a sitting. The blending of religions is fascinating; i. Jesus, Moses, Mohammed.