Rumi: Swallowing the Sun by Jalal Rumi

By Jalal Rumi

Undying and everlasting, the poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi is enjoyed across the world and he's a best-selling poet from the US to Afghanistan. Commemorating the 800th anniversary of Rumi's beginning, this pretty quantity attracts from the breadth of Rumi's paintings, spanning his complete profession. Franklin Lewis's evocative translation will end up inspirational to either prepared fans of Rumi and readers learning the good poet for the 1st time.

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Water’s source for fish, and land for beasts – All your scheming, planning, can’t undo this! The lock is firm, unlocked by God alone – so reach for this: submission and content. Were every atom turned into a key, no opening would come except through God. Once you forget about your planning, you’ll find your old guide brings you fortune fresh. Once you’re forgotten to yourself, they’ll mention you. Once you’ve become a slave, they’ll set you free. ) by malice Hypocrites may pray beside the pious prompted not by abject need, but malice.

Qxp 9/5/07 4:24 PM Page 24 Rumi: Swallowing the Sun The tale of the grocer and his parrot and the spilling of the oil ONCE THERE was this grocer with his parrot* This parrot, green and sweet-of-speech, could talk It stayed at the shop, kept watch at the door, trading with customers witty banter. In human converse he was eloquent, and in parrot twitter he was expert. One day, startled, he fluttered cross the shop, the bottles of rose oil overturning. From home, his master came to open shop and sat down as an owner will, at leisure.

See the Eden of the soul drenched with the daffodils of fasting! Why so carefree and smiling, Rosebud when you’re drenched in blood? Could you be the Isaac of God’s Abraham, delighted by the dagger of fasting? Why so in love with bread? qxp 9/5/07 4:24 PM Page 16 Rumi: Swallowing the Sun Moses, peace be upon him, and his rejection of the shepherd’s prayer* MOSES SAW a shepherd on the road who kept crying out: O God, O Lord Where do I find you, that I might serve ? sew your moccasins, and comb your hair wash your clothes for you, and kill your lice bring milk for you, O Lord Majestic!

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