A Little Book of Mystical Secrets: Rumi, Shams of Tabriz, and the Path of Ecstasy
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (April 1, 2017)
At long last, an accessible little book that focuses on the teachings of Rumi’s teacher and inspiration, Shams of Tabriz. Included in this slim, charming volume is a biographical sketch of the great Sufi teacher and mystic and a new translation of 500 of his core teachings that bring into fresh focus the meaning and mysteries of life and love.
There are many books on Rumi and many translations of his works and yet most readers are unaware of how Rumi became a mystic. Shams, an Arabic word that means the sun, was the catalyst that converted the rather resolute and ascetic Rumi, the cleric and teacher, into Rumi, the passionate disciple of the religion of love. He was the agent of the propulsive mystical energy that transformed Rumi the reticent into Rumi the ecstatic poet.
Rumi lovers, spiritual seekers, and devotees of the mystical path will meet this little book of wisdom and mystical secrets with enthusiasm.
I shall not place you in my heart
For you may get hurt by its wounds.
I won’t keep you in my eyes
For I may belittle you and
expose you to the ridicule of common men.
I will hide you inside my soul, not in my heart or in my eyes,
so that you may become one with my breath.
I have to admit, after reading the first line in the Introduction, I set this book aside for several days. I really felt that the line “[…] probably the world’s most read poet, even in the United States” came of as condescending. Believe it or not Narguess Farzad, we are not the Islamophobes you believe us to be!
At any rate, I returned to the book and I am glad that I did — it is excellent. A Little Book of Mystical Secrets has an excellent Bibliography and glossary, something I always look for in a Nonfiction book.
As a person who majored in History, Religion, and Philosophy in college, this book managed to hit all of my interests. Having said that, some people may not be interested in the History and want to jump straight into the sayings of Shams.
When you embrace the gardener, the garden becomes yours, and you may pick from every tree.
I give 5 stars out of 5 and recommend this one for your esoteric home library. It is a book that you will reread and that makes it a great bang for the buck .
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