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A Love Beyond Religion
 
A Feature Review of
 

Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love
Brad Gooch.

Hardback: HarperCollins, 2017.
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Reviewd by By Erin Ensinger
 
 

FIVE of our Favorite Poems by Rumi

 
Rumi has always been a miracle and a mystery to me. Like many other Americans, I first met Rumi in the dark days after 9/11, when this poet from the Muslim world made his unlikely ascent to the top of the best-seller charts. Raised in conservative circles, I ferreted his poems away from critical eyes, savoring them with all the relish of a guilty pleasure. His spiritual hunger, reckless love and tolerance of people no matter their faith or ethnicity spoke to me almost against my will.  In his new biography, Rumi’s Secret, Brad Gooch captures all of these elements that have caused some to place Rumi in Walt Whitman’s family tree. At the same time, Gooch remains true to his title, preserving an air of mystery around the divine secrets Rumi himself found expressible only through poetry, music and the whirling dance of sama.

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Rumi-Statue

Tomorrow (Dec. 17) marks the anniversary of the death of the Sufi poet Rumi.

Here are five of our favorite poems by him…

I AM THINE AND THOU ART MINE
Rumi
(trans. by R.A. Nicholson)

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True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”
– William Penn,
Quaker and Founder of Pennsylvania,
who was born on this date, 1644
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Poem of the Day:
love is the every only god
e.e. cummings,
born on this date, 1894

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[ Three poems by e.e. cummings ]

 

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The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
Translated and edited by Coleman Barks

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The Wake Up Call – October 14, 2014

In my tradition, one must wait until one has learned a lot of Bible and Talmud and the Prophets to handle mysticism. This isn’t instant coffee. There is no instant mysticism.”
– Elie Wiesel, novelist

 

Poem of the Day:
These Spiritual Window Shoppers
Rumi, Sufi poet, who was born this date, 1207
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Selected Poems of Rumi
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The Wake Up Call – September 30, 2014

 

The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
17 December 2012

 

Like the smell of strong coffee wafting down the hall, we offer a few book-related thoughts and stories to jumpstart your day…

 

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BESTSELLER LISTS:

Poem of the day: “Forgiveness” by John Greenleaf Whitter, who was born on this day in 1807.
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“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”  – Sufi Poet Rumi, who died on this day 1273
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“Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.”  – Novelist Ford Maddox Ford, born on this day in 1873.

 

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Thanks be to God for this new day, may it be full of beauty and grace!

The Wake Up Call image via WikiMedia Commons

 

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