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Spiritual Verses: The First Book of the Masnavi-ye Ma'navi (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 458 pages||Language: English|
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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.
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Academic gets it right!
on 5 August 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Great introduction - clear meanings from readings - interesting poetic structure and rhyme - comfortable/convenient size to carry with you when you travel especially.
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on 12 May 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I have been reading the Masnavi of Rumi in Farsi and since my Farsi sis not that fluent, I purchased this book to follow along in the English. It is one of the best translation I have read so far. Of course, nothing beats the original in Farsi!!
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on 1 May 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Great for my class on Rumi!
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on 2 January 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
This is excellent -- musical and literal, wonderful translation.
23 people found this helpful.
on 11 February 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
At last, a translation of Rumi's Masnavi which, without ever being pedantic or obscure, is both faithful to the original Persian and to Rumi's teaching. I highly recommend it. This is only the first book of the Masnavi, though (the title is incomplete and misleading) and I am looking forward to the translations of the next five books. A brilliant and moving piece of work.
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