Forbidden Rumi: The Suppressed Poems of Rumi on Love, Heresy, and Intoxication (Paperback)
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Short Description for Forbidden Rumi After 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. This book presents his poems grouped into three sections: songs to Shams and God, songs of heresy, and songs of advice and admonition.
- Published: 01 April 2006
- Format: Paperback 160 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781594771156 ISBN 10: 1594771154
- Sales rank: 54,898
Full description for Forbidden Rumi
After 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 complied 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.