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When you read Rumi, a sudden mystical fog wraps you and teleports you to places unknown places where you long to go This book gives you the most basic ideas of life with subtle hints and hard hitting thoughts You might disagree with Rumi on certain points, b A phenomenal read This book of poetry by the gifted Coleman Barks has become one of my bibles of spirituality it is what I would call a one in a million read I ve added it to Thoreau s Walden and the holy boo Miraculous I learn something new every time I open this book The image that sticks to mind if how we should try to emulate a reed flute and let God s breath flow through us I ve stopped being religious when I st This is always by my bed when I haven t returned it to the library again because it gracefully and fiercely reminds me of what it means to be alive, to long for truth and love, to open my heart again and again even when the wind is blowing wickedly all around me. This place is a dream.Only a sleeper considers it real This is a hard book for me to rate It almost seems impossible, unbearable to only reward it with three stars Parts of it gently touched my soul, and reading those few lines of pure beauty, almost felt revolutionary Rumi is mostly known for his love poems, and I can clearly see why There s a certain hint of unision and belonging in his great visions of love and he strings his words together in such a delicate serenity I fell in love w This place is a dream.Only a sleeper considers it real This is a hard book for me to rate It almost seems impossible, unbearable to only reward it with three stars Parts of it gently touched my soul, and reading those few lines of pure beauty, almost felt revolutionary Rumi is mostly known for his love poems, and I can clearly see why There s a certain hint of unision and belonging in his great visions of love and he strings his words together in such a delicate serenity I fell in love with his idea of love.However there were uninteresting parts as well and I skipped a few long poems along the way Some of it felt too religious, too spiritual for my simple want of beautif I don t even, I can t even dare review this It is beyond me. I am filled with you.Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.There s no room for lack of trust, or trust.Nothing in this existence but that existence I have deliberately taken over 6 years to read this book I wanted to savor it like fine wine This book is an anthology of the theologian, jurist and mystic known as This is a book I return to again and again I play a game with this book, and, I admit it sounds ridiculousI will concentrate on a problem or a situation, then open the book randomly to a page and start reading something in the poem that I selected will have some relevance to the thought at hand Of course, it has to do with my interpretation of the situation, but it always lends itself to deeper thought, or it will allow me to be able to gain some fresh insight into the problem Basically, This is a book I return to again and again I play a game with this book, and, I admit it sounds ridiculousI will concentrate on a problem or a situation, then open the book randomly to a page and start reading something in the poem that I selected will have some relevance to the thought at hand Of course, it has to do with my interpretation of the situation, but it always lends itself to deeper thought, or it will allow me to be able to gain some fresh insight into the problem Basically, Rumi I Ching The translations of these poems is fairly astounding, because I think that they are done in a way that is not at all literal, but I imagine that many will wonder why my opinion of this book is so low The answer, mainly, is that Barks is not really translating Rumi here instead he is improvising, creating his own versions of what he thinks Rumi is about, which often results in a deracinated version of Rumi s original work My own experience in talking to Iranians, and others, who know Rumi s work in the original, often by heart, is that it is often impossible to find, using one of Barks poems, the original from which Bar I imagine that many will wonder why my opinion of this book is so low The answer, mainly, is that Barks is not really translating Rumi here instead he is improvising, creating his own versions of what he thinks Rumi is about, which often results in a deracinated version of Rumi s original work My own experience in talking to Iranians, and others, who know Rumi s work in the original, often by heart, is that it is often impos ↾ The Essential Rumi ↠ This Revised And Expanded Edition Of The Essential Rumi Includes A New Introduction By Coleman Barks And Than 80 Never Before Published Poems.Through His Lyrical Translations, Coleman Barks Has Been Instrumental In Bringing This Exquisite Literature To A Remarkably Wide Range Of Readers, Making The Ecstatic, Spiritual Poetry Of Thirteenth Century Sufi Mystic Rumi Popular Than Ever.The Essential Rumi Continues To Be The Bestselling Of All Rumi Books, And The Definitive Selection Of His Beautiful, Mystical Poetry.