9781594771156

The Forbidden Rumi: The Suppressed Poems of Rumi on Love, Heresy, and Intoxication

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    9781594771156

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    1594771154

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-14
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions
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Summary

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 interpretation

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 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.

Author Biography

“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.”<br />

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(10)
Songs to Shams, Songs to God 11(62)
He Took Me Under His Arm
15(2)
Split Wide Open
17(1)
I Won't Repent His Love
18(3)
How Can I Fool Him?
21(2)
Water
23(1)
Stay with Me
24(2)
Conversations with God
26(2)
The Greatness of Absence
28(2)
How Happy a Time
30(1)
What a Bird!
31(1)
Love Letter to Shams
32(2)
Death Is Life for You
34(1)
More Than These
35(2)
What Can I Do?
37(2)
Give Up Yourself
39(1)
I Keep Smiling
40(1)
Why Are You Deceiving Me?
41(2)
He Embraced Me Like His Own Soul
43(1)
The Placeless Place
44(1)
Everyone Else Is a Stranger
45(1)
Beautiful One
46(3)
The Promise Is Sweet
49(1)
Still Say Nothing
50(2)
Flying High On Your Wine
52(1)
Offer Your Wine
53(1)
Please Don't Go
54(1)
It Wasn't Like That
55(4)
Shamseddin
59(2)
The Road Is Narrow
61(1)
Don't Go Away
62(3)
Lifting the Curtain
65(1)
His Trace
66(2)
Wherever You Are
68(1)
Don't Go Anywhere Without Me
69(1)
Your Blessing Is Unconditional
70(3)
Songs of Advice, Songs of Admonition 73(78)
Search There
77(1)
The Best Nourishment
78(1)
Fasting
79(1)
Divine Road
80(1)
Choose Love
81(1)
God's Ocean
82(1)
Watch How God Opens the Door
83(2)
The Journey Starts Here
85(1)
Ascend the Mountain of Love
86(1)
Don't You Recall?
87(1)
These Two Worlds
88(1)
Outside the Sack
89(1)
A Rascal in the Bazaar
90(5)
Just Do It
95(1)
Your Overflowing Secrets
96(2)
The Drunks of Union
98(1)
Ahead of the Thought
99(1)
The Land of Absence
100(2)
Love Is Its Own Proof
102(1)
Advice to the Drunk at Heart
103(2)
Light and Shadow
105(2)
Words into Dust
107(1)
Time to Journey
108(1)
Come as You Are
109(2)
The Language of the Heart
111(3)
Free Wine
114(1)
The Perfect Host
115(1)
A Helper of Hearts
116(2)
A Life Without Art
118(1)
God's Artistry
119(1)
All That Is Good
120(2)
Open the Door
122(1)
Donkey and Ox
123(2)
Checkmate
125(1)
The Caravan's Bells
126(1)
Steal Pearls
127(1)
This Temporary World
128(2)
Some Advice
130(1)
Music at the Tavern of Eternity
131(2)
The Eggshell of the Body
133(1)
Open Your Door
134(1)
Heaven's Door
135(1)
Reborn
136(1)
Submerged in Absence
137(1)
Life Is Coming to the Rose Garden
138(1)
The Path in the Heart
139(1)
The Rose's Plea
140(1)
Why Are You So Reasonable?
141(1)
You Are in His Hand
142(1)
Cries of Confirmation
143(1)
Words of the Secrets
144(1)
Hidden from the Eyes
145(1)
You Snatched My Heart
146(2)
The Moon's Slave
148(1)
Cut It Short
149(2)
Songs of Heresy 151(13)
You Can't Get Away
154(2)
I Came Back to You
156(1)
Everyone Is Welcome to This School
157(2)
A Stranger to Myself
159(1)
I Am the One!
160(2)
Wake Up from Your Sleep
162(1)
He Is Beyond Praise
163(1)
Translator's Afterword 164

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