Spiritual Verses

Spiritual Verses

The First Book of the Masnavi-ye Ma'navi

Book - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
The spiritual masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition-in a brilliant new translation

The longest single -authored "mystical" poem ever written, the Masnavi-ye Ma'navi, or "spiritual couplets," is the masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition. Its author, Jalaloddin Rumi, was a poet and mystic of the highest attainment, but he was first and foremost a spiritual teacher, and his Masnavi is a ladder to the spiritual world, leading the reader to the ultimate goal of the Sufi path-union with God. Alan Williams's translation into blank verse beautifully conveys the poetry of the original Persian couplets, while his introduction discusses how the modern reader might approach Rumi's writing.



Random House, Inc.
Begun in 1262 AD, Masnavi-ye Ma ‘navi, or ‘spiritual couplets', is thought to be the longest single-authored ‘mystical’ poem ever written. As the spiritual masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition, it teaches how to progress to the ultimate goal of the Sufi path - union with God. Jalaloddin Rumi was a poet and a mystic, but he was first a teacher; in these verses he draws the reader into the complexities of human love and separation and explains the path to divine love through the elimination of self-regard and worldly desires. Drawing on diverse sources from bawdy tales and fables to stories of the prophet Mohammed, these verses are brief in expression yet copious in meaning.

Gardners
Begun in 1244 AD, "Masnavi-ye Ma navi", or spiritual couplets', is thought to be the longest single-authored mystical' poem ever written. As the spiritual masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition, it teaches how to progress to the ultimate goal of the Sufi path - union with God.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2006
ISBN: 9780140447910
0140447911
Branch Call Number: 891.5511 J216s 2006
Characteristics: xxxviii, 422 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Williams, Alan 1953-

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