Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meaningsIn the mid thirteenth century, in a dusty marketplace in Konya, Turkey, a city where Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist travelers mingled, Jelaluddin Rumi, a popular philosopher and scholar, met Shams of Tabriz, a wandering dervish Their meeting forever altered the course of Rumi s life and inflRise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meaningsIn the mid thirteenth century, in a dusty marketplace in Konya, Turkey, a city where Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist travelers mingled, Jelaluddin Rumi, a popular philosopher and scholar, met Shams of Tabriz, a wandering dervish Their meeting forever altered the course of Rumi s life and influenced the mystical evolution of the planet The bond they formed was everlasting a powerful transcendent friendship that would flow through Rumi as some of the world s best loved ecstatic poetry.Rumi s passionate, playful poems find and celebrate sacred life in everyday existence They speak across all traditions, to all peoples, and today his relevance and popularity continue to grow In The Illuminated Rumi, Coleman Barks, widely regarded as the world s premier translator of Rumi s writings, presents some of his most brilliant work, including many new translations To complement Rumi s universal vision, Michael Green has worked the ancient art of illumination into a new, visually stunning form that joins typography, original art, old masters, photographs, and prints with sacred images from around the world.The Illuminated Rumi is a truly groundbreaking collaboration that interweaves word and image a magnificent meeting of ancient tradition and modern interpretation that uniquely captures the spiritual wealth of Rumi s teachings Coleman Barks s wise and witty commentary, together with Michael Green s art, makes this a classic guide to the life of the soul for a whole new generation of seekers.
The Illuminated Rumi Rise up nimbly and go on your strange journey to the ocean of meaningsIn the mid thirteenth century in a dusty marketplace in Konya Turkey a city where Muslim Christian Hindu and Buddhist travel
I love this book I love this book I Love This Book.I have had it for a long time and I pick it up every so often and find myself flipping back and forth through the pages, and before I know it an hour has past The poetry and illustrations are a perfect mix Alone Rumi can be overwhelming, but with images it is much easier to absorb I have lived on the lip of insanity,Wanting to know reasons,knocking on a door.opensI ve been knocking from the inside Rumi lived in Turkey in the mid thirteenth centu [...]
The illustrations superb.The poetry sublime In the orchard and rose gardenI long to see your face.In the taste of SweetnessI long to kiss your lips.In the shadows of passionI long for your love.Oh Supreme Lover Let me leave aside my worries.The flowers are bloomingwith the exultation of your Spirit.By Allah I long to escape the prison of my egoand lose myselfin the mountains and the desert.These sad and lonely people tire me.I long to revel in the drunken frenzy of your loveand feel the strength [...]
Be notorious You ve tried prudent planning long enough I don t regret how much I love and I avoid those who repent their passion Many people travel to Syria and Iraq and meet only hypocrites.Others go all the way to India and see just merchants buying and selling.Others go to Turkistan and China and find these countries filled with sneak thieves and cheats.We always see the qualities that are living in us When we talk about God we re like a school of fish discussing the possible existence of the [...]
Some of these illustrations are so wonderful and amazing And yet, to me at least, the poetry itself is so evocative that some of the pictures, lovely as they are, actually limit the images already springing forth from my mind But some are so wonderful.I should read this book often.
This is sort of a trippy way of reading rumi The visuals add to the overall experience of the poem, but they do overpower the small typeface this book uses for most of the poems.I think I like the poem The Guest House best from this collection.
one of my favorites something maybe to do with sufis and past livesautiful art combined with the words of rumi who often brings tears to my eyes any day of the weekma salam ya habibi
Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field I ll meet you there This is my favorite verse from The Illuminated Rumi , a beautifully translated and illustrated edition of selected verses by the 13th century Persian poet Coleman Barks and Michael Green, respectively, did real justice to the poems contained in this collection.
Though these illuminated pages are based on the versions of Rumi by Barks, each page is worth a diving into to swim in beauty, and the glorious visual imagery alone takes you closer, closer, closer
Always inspiring to see how other s visualize the essence of Rumi s message this is a beautifully illustrated work, yet the words themselves paint the greatest pictures
Coleman Barks is the only translator I will read from now into the hereafter.
Translation of poem and concept of profound mystical experinces, often strips the words of its original cultural value and meaning, leaving a mere conceptual shadow of the orginal word.
Beautiful Astonishing illustrations, coupled with Rumi s poetry.
I always surf the internet for inspirational quotes and I always find Rumi s quotes beautiful But I didn t love this book, not the quotes or where it was headed Not the illustrations though at first they look good, but all in all, they are not related to Islam You see I am Muslim, and Sufism is a branch in Islam dedicated only for Allah, which has many meanings such as Pure Wisdom I felt the authors translators going into the brotherly love between Shams and Rumi and losing the true meaning of [...]
While I normally love the combination of image and text, I found myself distracted by the illustrations in this book This was my first experience with Rumi, and I m eager to try another collection, but this time without the images.
I loved this book I really liked how the book was put together, the artwork and little anecdotes about Rumi and Shams Term explanations in the begging of a chapter also make the reading experience much better.
I was attracted by the illustrations of Rumi s poetry, which echo and illuminate the enigmatic text We are the mirror as well as the face in it Word images of thought and collages of open question merge and complement each other.
Rumi, Rumi were you a real person How I wish I could have known you and talked to you and spent time in your presence Oh to breathe the same air you breathed.
Beautiful and always good to browse through when you are feeling low.
This is one of the books I often recommend to people new to Rumi The marriage of the text and illumination is stunning definitely the best book of this type I ve ever experienced.
If you want to be uplifted and inspired, read this book.
Imagine a 1000 suns even then it is not enough in comparison to a spirited soul Rumi was one such being whose torch of love was excited by Shams Now the world is illuminating by the passion Rumi expressesGod Speed Coleman my friend we will met in a garden far beyond doings of right and wrong then we will dance and sing and make merry and share bliss and graceWith oceans of love Gabriel
I actually lost my original copy of this book, so I am on the hunt for it But the memory of this collection of Rumi poetry and art lingers strong.It is a lovely introduction to the poetry of Rumi as the poems are isolated by art, and the reader s pace slows as the words and images are enjoyed in concert.
Anything Rumi has written, is already beautiful But accompanied with these gorgeous drawings, it makes his words come alive This book brought peace to my soul I love to randomly open it, and read what I find Every word is powerful I am very proud to own this beautiful book The art is also breathtaking.
I m so grateful to the friend who loaned me this book I ve seen Rumi quoted prolifically, but I d never actually read a body of his work before I liked the quotes I d previously seen but seeing the full tapestry of his words has drawn me into a new love affair.
Rumi reminds us of Diogenes, who was looking for a human being with a lamp at his hand in broad daylight Yesterday a shaykh took a lamp in his hand He said, I am tired of devils and beasts I seek a true person.
The actual Rumi was great he s so introspective while still speaking directly to you It s like he s looking at God by staring directly into your eyes The commentary was a little too mythological for my taste, so I stopped reading it.
Come, come, whoever you are Wanderer, worshipper, Lover of Leaving, come This is not a caravan of despair It doesn t matter if you ve broken your vow a thousand times, still come, and yet again come
SO gorgeous to open at any page, fine to read from the back which I love , possibly forever on my currently reading list Although, now it s due at the library so I will return I especially recommend reading this at the same time as FORTY RULES OF LOVE A NOVEL OF RUMI.
I don t know enough about Rumi, Shams or Sufi to have an opinion about the translation or much of the meaning, but I did find the book beautiful and interesting.