The Love Poems of Rumi by Rumi, Deepak Chopra, Fereydoun Kia

By Rumi, Deepak Chopra, Fereydoun Kia

Born Jalal ad-Din Mohammad Balkhi in Persia early within the 13th century, the poet referred to as Rumi (named after town the place he lived) composed works of mysticism and hope that encouraged numerous humans in his personal time and during the centuries. His poems expressed the inner most longings of the human middle for its loved, for that transcendent intimacy that is the resource of the divine.This narrow, attractive quantity includes new translations by way of Farsi pupil Fereydoun Kia, edited through Deepak Chopra to awaken the wealthy temper and tune of Rumi's love poems. Exalted craving, ravishing ecstasy, and eating hope emerge from those poems as powerfully at the present time as they did on their production greater than seven hundred years in the past.

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