The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi

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Penguin Books, 2012 - Poetry - 117 pages
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Renowned for his poignant renderings of Hafiz's mystical texts, Daniel Ladinsky here captures the beauty, intimacy, and musicality of Jalaluddin Rumi, one of the world's most revered and widely read poets. Rumi was born in 1207 on the eastern edge of the Persian Empire. Fleeing from the invasion of the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan, Rumi and his family settled in Turkey, where his father was a scholar and mystic. Later, Rumi succeeded his father in leading a dervish college (a divinity school). His life was transformed in 1244, when he met Shams-e Tabriz, a wandering dervish. Shams became Rumi's beloved companion and doorway to God. For Rumi, who believed that the soul comes alive in the presence of a real teacher, love was the inspiration for all his poetry. In collaboration with Nancy Owen Barton, and with learned insight and a delicate touch, Ladinsky explores in these one hundred poems the nuances of desire and captures the compelling wisdom of one of Islam's most revered artistic and religious voices Praise for Daniel Ladinsky and his translation of Hafiz's The Gift- 'Seekers on all paths will benefit from the radiance Ladinsky's translation emit.' Andrew Harvey 'You could call Hafiz the fourteenth-century Persian version of Walt Whitman. An incandescent, ecstatic pipeline to God.' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, from a List of her ten favorite books 'Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West.' Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor

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I bought this book for myself on Mother's Day. Of course, I am already in love with both Rumi & Ladinsky, but then I randomly opened to the poem "Try to Be the Least in Need," which struck me ... Read full review

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Rumi as interpreted by my friend from the old days, Danny Ladinsky. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Daniel Ladinsky's books include A Year with Hafiz, I Heard God Laughing, The Subject Tonight Is Love, and The Gift, as well as a collection of translations of poems by twelve mystics and saints, Love Poems from God. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Nancy Owen Barton is a literary agent, educator, and movement therapist. She has collaborated with Ladinsky since the publication of his first Hafiz volume in 1996.

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