Rumi: Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and by Coleman Barks

By Coleman Barks

2007 is the ''Year of Rumi,'' and who larger than Coleman Barks, Rumi's not going, supremely passionate ambassador, to mark the milestone of this nice poet's 800th birthday? Barks, who was once lately presented an honorary doctorate in Persian language and literature by means of the college of Tehran for his thirty years of translating Rumi, has amassed and translated 90 new poems, so much of them by no means released prior to in any shape. the result's this gorgeous variation titled Rumi: Bridge to the Soul . The ''bridge'' within the name is a connection with the Khajou Bridge in Isphahan, Iran, which Barks visited with Robert Bly in may well of 2006—a journey that during some ways brought on this ebook. The ''soul bridge'' additionally indicates Rumi himself, who crosses cultures and religions and brings us all jointly to hear his phrases, despite starting place or creed. Open this publication and enable Rumi's poetry hold you into the internal silence and pleasure of the spirit, where that unites awake understanding with a deeper, extra soulful knowing.

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But your thoughts keep surging through like an army of firebrands. Alone, every person stays quiet. Nobody speaks to a closed door. But you are convinced that you have lost your best companion. Maybe you are already in the pure world, beyond this scroungy wanting and the metabolizing of nature. No doubt. 53 21 x CURRENCY There is a tree and a fire that calls to me, My darling. For forty years I wander wilderness, tasting manna and quail. A ship on the ocean is a marvelous thing. But I have been sailing this boat of mine through dry desert.

The friend is everywhere, in every action. Love, a lattice. Body, fire. I say, Show me the way. You say, Put your head under your feet. That way you rise through the stars and see a hundred other ways to be with me. There are as many as there are flightpaths of prayer at dawn. 50 18 x MUSIC AND SILENCE Lovers, union is here, the meeting we have wanted, the fire, the joy. Let sadness and any fear of death leave the room. The sun’s glory comes back. Wind shakes our bells. We are counters in your hand passing easily through.

Mice quivering in fear of the housecat suddenly change to half-grown lion cubs, afraid of nothing. So let us begin the journey home, with love and compassion for guides, and grace protecting. 32 Let your soul turn into an empty mirror that passionately wants to reflect Joseph. Hand him your present. Now let silence speak. As that begins, we will start out. 33 6 x A LIGHT WITHIN HIS LIGHT I circled awhile with each of the intelligences, the nine fathers that control the levels of spirit growth. I revolved for years with the stars through each astrological sign.

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