A breathtaking new collection of translations of poems by Rumi, one of the world’s most loved mystical teachers and bestselling poets. Beautifully packaged and illustrated with paintings and Persian calligraphy, this is an ideal gift.
Jalal-uddin Rumi was born in what is now Afghanistan in 1207. His poetry has inspired generations of spiritual seekers, both from his own Sufi school and well beyond. His poems speak to the seeker and the lover in all of us. He is one of the world’s most revered poets and spiritual teachers, and is currently the bestselling poet in America.
Rumi is one of the greatest mystic poets of all time. His unique message of love speaks directly to the heart and transcends the boundaries of language and time. These poems, carefully selected from the Divan of Shams (Rumi’s collection of 3,000 poems), speak powerfully to the seeker and lover in all of us.
These beautiful, new translations from the original Persian, by the authors of Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved, are arranged thematically and lead us through the intricacies of love, longing and the quest for truth. Each section is accompanied by Persian calligraphy of several of the poems, as well as stunning, evocative paintings by Azima Melita Kolin, reproduced in full colour, which are inspired by the poems and have been specially commissioned for the book
Vikram Seth’s novel in verse, The Golden Gate, was hailed by Gore Vidal as “the Great California Novel” and by the New Republic as “a tour de force of the transcendence of the mere tour de force.” Now he brings his romance with the English language, his effortless access to the deepest reservoirs of feeling, and his ability to light up the plain surfaces of everyday life to this stunning collection of poems.
In All You Who Sleep Tonight Seth delves into the varieties of love — love lost, remembered, and deferred. He evokes the unspeakable ironies of Auschwitz and the light-blasted streets of Hiroshima. He conducts the reader through Lion Grove in Suzhou, China, and across the Golden Gate Bridge on its fiftieth anniversary. Throughout, he displays the lyricism and attentiveness that distinguish the best poets of every era. ISBN: 9780143418139 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK
Rumi was born in 1207 to a long line of Islamic theologians and lawyers on the eastern edge of the Persian Empire in what is now Afghanistan. In order to escape the invading Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, his family moved west to a town now found in Turkey, where he eventually became the leader of a school of whirling dervishes. It was a fateful day in 1244 when he met Shams Tabriz, a wild mystic with rare gifts and insight. The renowned scholar Rumi had found a soul mate and friend who would become his spiritual mentor and literary muse. “What I had thought of before as God,” Rumi said, “I met today in a human being.”
Out of their friendship, Rumi wrote thousands of lyric poems and short quatrains in honor of his friend Shams Tabriz. They are poems of divine epiphany, spiritual awakening, friendship, and love. For centuries, Rumi’s collection of these verses has traditionally been bound in a red cover, hence the title of this inspired classic of spiritual literature. ISBN: 9780061905834 Publisher: HARPER ONE
High Assembly of Sages is Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali’s impressive debut in English poetry. It is in two parts. The first is about profound issues of God, universe, and man. Many Poems are in the Sufi tradition, which is the most glorious facet of Islam. The second part of the book addresses mainly current political issues. There are poems on Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Quaid e Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln. Each poem captures the essential greatness of these illustrious men of history.In his mystic poems there is a deep yearning for the Divine. He gives a vision and a warning to humanity against its irrational and destructive behavior.Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali s poetry displays a revulsion against unjust wars which have caused untold human misery.Sardar Aseff s canvas is wide. His poetry is self-explanatory having magical powers of words. It is the poetry which makes you pause, think and let you close your eyes. It soothes you as it grapples with serious subjects. ISBN: 9789698455439 Publisher: JUMHOORI PUBLICATIONS
Love is the meaning of our existence, the raw material of transformation, the glorious way of access to Divine intimacy. This teaching infuses the lyric verse of Rumi (1207-1273), the greatest of the Sufi poets. The poems in this collection, taken from among the master’s many volumes of work, focus on one of his greatest themes: how love grows and matures for those on the spiritual path. Kabir Helminski and Ahmad Rezwani have crafted a translation that remains faithful to the original Persian while giving eloquent expression to the joy of Rumi’s astonishing encounter with the Divine. ISBN: 9781590307595 Publisher: SHAMBHALA