February 13, 2018

The Spiritual Poems of RUMI

"you've never really listened 
to what God has always
tried to tell you
yet you keep hoping
after your mock prayers
salvation will arrive" ~ pg. 45

Jalaloodin Mohammed Balkhi Rumi was born in 1207, in present-day Afghanistan. His family fled to what is now a major Turkish city. He studied languages, science, logic and Islamic philosophy. It was love and heartbreak that turned Rumi to poetry. And here we are centuries later, thanks to translator Nader Khalili, being wowed by his verses.

"body exists because of me
not the other way around" ~ pg. 14

This collection of poems is separated in three (3) sections:

  1. Pearls from the Deep: poems not previously published
  2. Fountain of Fire: poems chosen from the translator's books
  3. Dancing the Flame: poems chosen from the translator's books

Some of the poems, and almost a whole section, went over my head far as comprehension. I guess I'm not deep or spiritual enough. But I did understand the main message: people can find bliss and freedom through pure love. Across all religions, love is respected. Life is not to be wasted with sorrow or laziness. And this proves why Rumi remains a mystic poet capturing many religions.

The Spiritual Poems of RUMI is a great introduction for readers new to Rumi while also giving fans a fresh collection to marvel over. One of the best features is the artwork and design on opposite pages of the poems. I must say it is a relaxing, enlightening read.

Happy Pub Day! The Spiritual Poems of RUMI is now available.

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: The Spiritual Poems of RUMI
Author: Jalaloddin Mohammed Balkhi Rumi
Translated by: Nader Khalili
Published: February 2018
Pages: 131
Edition: Galley
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book That's Published in 2018
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤


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