The Spiritual Verses by Rumi audiobook

The Spiritual Verses

By Rumi
Read by Anton Lesser

Naxos
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Rumi’s Spiritual Verses is the greatest mystical poem in Islamic culture. Rumi tells of our human separation from reality, from love, and from truth. He shows how love—neither erotic nor sentimental but divine, by which the universe is held together—enlightens ignorance and dissolves suffering. This first book of the Masnavi is the key to the whole work: it takes off from simple, amusing tales into realms unimaginable but is wholly familiar to the human heart.

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Rumi’s Spiritual Verses is the greatest mystical poem in Islamic culture. Rumi tells of our human separation from reality, from love, and from truth. He shows how love—neither erotic nor sentimental but divine, by which the universe is held together—enlightens ignorance and dissolves suffering. This first book of the Masnavi is the key to the whole work: it takes off from simple, amusing tales into realms unimaginable but is wholly familiar to the human heart.

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Editorial Reviews

“This volume contains a dozen stories from Book One of the six-volume collection, composed in rhyming couplets by the Afghan/Persian poet Rumi in the 1260s. With Anton Lesser’s patient, precise narration and Naxos’s quality production, these religious stories are accessible to a wider audience. Without being effeminate, Lesser’s voice is unusually high pitched for a man’s voice, which may be jarring at first for some listeners. But his classical but unpretentious Shakespearean style, perfectly paced, makes this set worthy of repeated listening. Persian music, commissioned for this recording, sets the tone. The liner notes include background to the work and an introduction by the translator.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Rumi

Author Bio: Rumi

Jalāl ad–Dīn ar–Rūmī (1207–1273), or simply Rumi, was a thirteenth-century poet, theologian, and Sufi mystic. He was perhaps the finest Persian poet of all time and a great influence on Muslim writing and culture. While he led a fairly ordinary life until the age of thirty-five, after meeting and subsequently losing his great friend and Sufi teacher Shams, Rumi was moved to emit his soul through poetry. With Shams influence, he became filled with the love of God.

Rumi is considered today to be a love poet and many translations of his work have become mere love poems. Though love is an overwhelming part of Rumi’s work, the love he speaks of is a higher love for God, not for humans. Nevertheless, the imagery and language he uses has proved to be universal and enduring and he continues to be one of the best-selling poets in America.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 4.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English