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Rumi: Voice of Longing

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In the seven centuries since the death of Jelaluddin Rumi, in 1273, the world has come to know and thrill to his sacred poetry. In concert with the tabla and sitar, his writing is part of a religious tradition that is believed to excite "spiritual heroism", embracing the holiness of love, lamentation, battle, and the longing for God.

Rumi: Voice of Longing collects nearly 100 of Rumi's most memorable quatrains, presented here for the first time in a superb recording. Includes musical accompaniment by Marcus Wise on tablas and David Whetstone on sitar, and a special appearance by renowned poet Robert Bly.

Translated and performed by the Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, these works echo with a spiritual complexity that defies their outward simplicity. As Sufism acknowledges the truth of other religions, so does Rumi's poetry reflect universal themes: the search for the highest truth, the mystery of surrender, the longing to overcome ego imprisonment. Rumi: Voice of Longing captures the silence, the love, and the playfulness that make each experience with this work one of sacred wonder.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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©2002 Coleman Barks (P)2002 Coleman Barks

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    Amazon Customer 15/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A masterpiece"

    Simply a stunning, spiritual, meditative and thought provoking masterpiece, listen, relax and absorb the energy, one of the most unique things I have ever heard

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  • r a van der walt
    11/12/15
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    "Spoilt by too much overbearing music"

    The reading of Eastern poetry is too Americanized and sounds like a pep talk. Don't believe I could recommend to anyone wanting to understand Rumi.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ReviewerMidwest LS
    Huron, Ohio USA
    05/05/15
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    "Best of Rumi audiobooks"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a real work of art...based of poet Rumi's poems and vision...crafted through the music and the voice of Coleman Barks. It's a real blend in an oral tradition.


    What did you learn from Rumi that you would use in your daily life?

    Rumi speaks to all of us in our daily lives and path.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte Mathes
    22/08/14
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    "Poetry recitation"
    What would have made Rumi better?

    The drum and music distract from the beautiful poetry of Rumi. The reading lacks a spiritual tone and thus is not inspiring. Sounds like an attempt to make an appeal to toughen men rather than embracing the experience of oneness. and love


    Would you be willing to try another one of Coleman Barks’s performances?

    no..not a reading, though I appreciate his intellectual discussions of Rumi's poetry.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    disappointment


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret E. Hess
    15/03/16
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    "he proves great readers make great writers"

    Coleman barks reminds me of an old hippie friend. enjoyable to sit back with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    01/02/16
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    "Loud Background Music is Annoying!"

    The beauty of a background music is to stand veiled behind and not to be competing for attention.

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