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The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition

Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.

Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of listeners, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi more popular than ever.

The Essential Rumi continues to be the best-selling of all Rumi books and the definitive selection of his beautiful, mystical poetry.

©2018 Coleman Barks, John Moyne, A.J. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Love through esoteric submission to God

The manifestation of love and desire for The Beloved and true gnostic knowledge deeply touches

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  • G. Vidal
  • 09-04-2020

Disappointed

I have never read Rumis writings although I have seen the occasional Instagram post with a poem of his. As I listened to it, I was really not impressed. It felt like something was off or missing. I wasn't sure if it was the translation or just the poems themselves. Then I looked at some of the bad reviews and saw that the translator doesn't speak farsi and that this is just not a good translation. That is a bad western modernization of Rumi. Those accusations made sense after listening to the book. I think you can still draw wisdom from this and certain poems, but ultimately I recommend looking elsewhere

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  • Jambo Jamz
  • 11-10-2018

Each passage is like a mouth watering kiss!!!

Enticing, seductive, tempting, lushcious, exciting, enlightening...need I say more??? A must read that will leave you gasping for more.

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  • Jung Days
  • 03-11-2018

Absolutely beautiful

Love Rumi. The reader is fantastic. So good I revisit sections on my commute. X

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  • Darwin8u
  • 18-06-2020

A gnostic says little, but inside...

"A gnostic says little, but inside he is full of mysteries." - Rumi God I love Rumi. Obviously, I'm not the only one. But beyond just poetry, I have always loved the mystical side of the major religions. Sufism, Zen, the Kabbalists, and gnostic anything. I think there is a truth that floats in the dance and patter of thy mystics that the dogmatic and the bureaucratic impulses of religion miss. Still, it isn't just Rumi's take on God (although I could make an argument that ALL his poems thread back to God), but his take on friendship, love, sex, wine, nature, etc., that all stand out. Rumi feels like a silk strand that connects the earth to the divine. It twists and flutters, but never breaks. His words just dance and remind us that the divine exists and the divine is closer than we imagine. I read this book right as the Coronavirus hit, but previous to this recent apocalypse, I took my wife and kids to Istanbul and one of the highlights was watching the dervishes in Galata twirl as the poetry of Rumi was chanted in a small, beautiful space, men spinning to God while the world seemed ready to veer into chaos.

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  • Garrett Browning
  • 14-06-2019

Remarkable

A delicious banquet of Rumi's offerings to our timeless world -- no matter your particular path.

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  • Joshua Myers
  • 07-10-2020

fantastic

Alhamdullilah very moving and inspiring that speaks as loudly now as back when first written

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  • Kenton C.
  • 04-07-2020

Love it...

I'm on my third time through this wonderfully read collection of Rumi's mystical musings. Highly recommended.

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  • Ruby Martinez
  • 27-05-2020

Love it!!

Great book!! Love to listen to it on long drives or while cleaning the house. It keeps me calm.

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  • William Curtis
  • 22-02-2020

Not my flavor.

Narration not my flavor something else than interesting more left behind. Long live Rumi ! Bless

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  • ACOSTA
  • 10-01-2020

You I’ll want to hear the poems over and over again!

Every poem is like honey seriously, I found myself playing the poems over and over again.

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  • kate bayes
  • 23-07-2019

Enchanting throughout a delight of wordsmanship

The work was captivating, Rumi plays with words like a musical instrument. For anyone who loves prose.

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  • Keith
  • 13-05-2019

magical and entertaining

something you will listen to over and over again and every time you listen to it you will hear something different. very enlightening

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