Rumi's Spiritual Verses is the greatest mystical poem in Islamic culture - and of all time. Rumi examines our human separation from reality, love, and truth. He shows how love - neither erotic nor sentimental but divine, by which the universe is held together - enlightens ignorance and dissolves suffering. The first book of the Masnavi is the key to the whole work: It takes off from simple, amusing tales into realms unimaginable, but wholly familiar to the human heart.
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I bought this book upon the recommandation of the translator (Alan Williams). According to him the Masnavi is supposed to be listened to..
Since than I am listening and absorbing...
The verses touch my soul from various angles..
"Should be listened to by all spiritual seekers"
Amazing. The raw cannot understand the ripe. Where is part 2? Jalaloddin comes to life with Anton Lesser's performance. This is more than a book, it IS living Word. Thank you!
"Not actually unabridged"
Alan Williams' translation is very good, and Anton Lesser's reading is (as always) excellent. The one problem with this audiobook is that it's falsely advertised as unabridged, when it is in fact abridged. It cuts out many of Rumi's tangents, which is too bad because it gives a misleading sense of Rumi's style.
Sadly I found Anton Lessor's reading detracted from the words. Not the expression but the sound of voice detracted from my enjoyment . I read so many others enjoyed the reading, so read my comments in that light. It is a personal opinion.
The poetry, the verses are beautiful.
"meant for listening"
Rumi's verse was meant for listening; just turn it on and flow with the river of words. This is the only decent translation into English verse out there. The others are either doggerel or "versions" that owe more to the versioneer than to the Persian original. The narrator does a good job capturing some of the many voices that are speaking through the verses. It's not quite complete version of Books 1 and 2, though. Hoping for more!--when Williams finishes translating the remaining books, they should sign up Lesser again. Fifty hours of Masnavi would be just about enough.
"Excellent translation and narration"
Simply loved every second, every sentence , can't wait for the other 5 books to come out.
May Allah the most beloved give us all a taste of this nectar of Love that Rumi was given and he also wanted us to experience.
"Mevlana Rumi... the mirror of life"
Rumi's works are beyond time.
His books are lifetime companion.
the story of "the lion, the hare and the hunted animals"
Anton Lesser is the best narrator I've listened to so far!
He reads Rumi's works by feeling every verse deeply, and speaks with the spirit of Rumi!
Silent, pure, and peaceful.
"Accept this reading, make no argument,
Such milk and honey you too might be sent;
Interpreting throws back what you’ve received,
Due to a fault in it that you’ve perceived."
-- Mevlana Rumi
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