The first collection of poems translated into English from the forbidden volume of the Divan of Rumi- Presents Rumi's most heretical and free-form poems- Includes introductions and commentary that provide both 13th-century context and modern interpretationAfter his overwhelming and life-altering encounters with Shams of Tabriz, Rumi, the great thirteenth-century mystic, poet, and originator of the whirling dervishes, let go of many of the precepts of formal religion, insisting that only a complete personal dissolving into the larger energies of God could provide the satisfaction that the heart so desperately seeks. He began to speak spontaneously in the language of poetry, and his followers compiled his 44,000 verses into 23 volumes, collectively called the Divan.When Nevit Ergin decided to translate the Divan of Rumi into English, he enlisted the help of the Turkish government, which was happy to participate. The first 22 volumes were published without difficulty, but the government withdrew its support and refused to participate in the publication of the final volume due to its openly heretical nature. Now, in "The Forbidden Rumi," Will Johnson and Nevit Ergin present for the first time in English Rumi's poems from this forbidden volume. The collection is grouped into three sections: songs to Shams and God, songs of heresy, and songs of advice and admonition. In them Rumi explains that in order to transform our consciousness, we must let go of ingrained habits and embrace new ones. In short, we must become heretics.
Nevit Ergin is the original translator of the entirety of Rumi's 44,000 verses into English. Will Johnson is the founder and director of the Institute for Embodiment Training, which combines Western somatic psychotherapy with Eastern meditation practices. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Rumi: Gazing at the Beloved.
Introduction Songs to Shams, Songs to God He Took Me Under His Arm Split Wide Open I Won't Repent His Love How Can I Fool Him? Water Stay with Me Conversations with God The Greatness of Absence How Happy a Time What a Bird! Love Letter to Shams Death Is Life for You More Than These What Can I Do? Give Up Yourself I Keep Smiling Why Are You Deceiving Me? He Embraced Me Like His Own Soul The Placeless Place Everyone Else Is a Stranger Beautiful One The Promise Is Sweet Still Say Nothing Flying High On Your Wine Offer Your Wine Please Don't Go It Wasn't Like That Shamseddin The Road Is Narrow Don't Go Away Lifting the Curtain His Trace Wherever You Are Don't Go Anywhere Without Me Your Blessing Is Unconditional Songs of Advice, Songs of Admonition Search There The Best Nourishment Fasting Divine Road Choose Love God's Ocean Watch How God Opens the Door The Journey Starts Here Ascend the Mountain of Love Don't You Recall? These Two Worlds Outside the Sack A Rascal in the Bazaar Just Do It Your Overflowing Secrets The Drunks of Union Ahead of the Thought The Land of Absence Love Is Its Own Proof Advice to the Drunk at Heart Light and Shadow Words into Dust Time to Journey Come as You Are The Language of the Heart Free Wine The Perfect Host A Helper of Hearts A Life Without Art God's Artistry All That Is Good Open the Door Donkey and Ox Checkmate The Caravan's Bells Steal Pearls This Temporary World Some Advice Music at the Tavern of Eternity The Eggshell of the Body Open Your Door Heaven's Door Reborn Submerged in Absence Life Is Coming to the Rose Garden The Path in the Heart The Rose's Plea Why Are You So Reasonable? You Are in His Hand Cries of Confirmation Words of the Secrets Hidden from the Eyes You Snatched My Heart The Moon's Slave Cut It Short Songs of Heresy You Can't Get Away I Came Back to You Everyone Is Welcome to This School A Stranger to Myself I Am the One! Wake Up from Your Sleep He Is Beyond Praise Translator's Afterword
"For the past fifty years Nevit Ergin has been working to bring into English the entirety of Rumi's vast Divani Shamsi Tabriz. This last volume is the most incendiary and it clearly dissolves the boundaries of organized religion and national ego that keep us from the table of friendship that Rumi invites us to... We are very grateful to Dr. Ergin for his life's work." Coleman Barks, translator of The Essential Rumi "It takes a great deal of courage to read The Forbidden Rumi as it may press a lot of buttons, not only about your own pathway to God, but your views and prejudices about love, religion, heresy and Islam. "All of Rumi's poems have enjoined us to release the rules and open our hearts to our inner treasure of love, but these most controversial poems cut to the bone. "This final book of Rumi's poems is a must-read for any serious student of spiritual ecstasy. They pose questions that make us wonder and re-evaluate our views about a religion that is portrayed as governed by extremists. They reveal a hidden face of Islam that may surprise even moderate Islamists. "Most importantly, these poems reveal that Islam too has always had a mystical, transcendent element that is its purest gift." Lesley Crossingham, New Dawn, Mar-Apr 2007
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