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The book offer entrance into a world and beauty and truth. Its method is two-fold. First it presents five important lectures on Persian poetry given by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, who brought Sufis to the West. Then it offers fresh translations by the poet Coleman Barks of some of the poetry Inayat Khan discusses, designed to provide readers with ready access to at least a The book offer entrance into a world and beauty and truth. Its method is two-fold. First it presents five important lectures on Persian poetry given by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, who brought Sufis to the West. Then it offers fresh translations by the poet Coleman Barks of some of the poetry Inayat Khan discusses, designed to provide readers with ready access to at least a sample of this wondrous literature, still not easy to find in English. Thus the book presents a brief, but reasonably comprehensive, introduction to one of the great literatures of the world, until recently ignored in the West.


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The book offer entrance into a world and beauty and truth. Its method is two-fold. First it presents five important lectures on Persian poetry given by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, who brought Sufis to the West. Then it offers fresh translations by the poet Coleman Barks of some of the poetry Inayat Khan discusses, designed to provide readers with ready access to at least a The book offer entrance into a world and beauty and truth. Its method is two-fold. First it presents five important lectures on Persian poetry given by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, who brought Sufis to the West. Then it offers fresh translations by the poet Coleman Barks of some of the poetry Inayat Khan discusses, designed to provide readers with ready access to at least a sample of this wondrous literature, still not easy to find in English. Thus the book presents a brief, but reasonably comprehensive, introduction to one of the great literatures of the world, until recently ignored in the West.

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  1. 4 out of 5

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    Favorite quotes: "... remembering though, that this world is full of people who never read, and remain in a dim, undeveloped stupor." -Sanai, Teaching Schoolboys "The One who makes existence non-existent stops the menstrual rhythm to build a child." (Earthworm Guidance) -Sanai "Someone who keeps aloof from suffering is not a lover." (The Puzzle) -Sanai "Destruction is annihilation or death might seem a very different change, and yet there are a thousand deaths that we die. Every disappointment, the momen Favorite quotes: "... remembering though, that this world is full of people who never read, and remain in a dim, undeveloped stupor." -Sanai, Teaching Schoolboys "The One who makes existence non-existent stops the menstrual rhythm to build a child." (Earthworm Guidance) -Sanai "Someone who keeps aloof from suffering is not a lover." (The Puzzle) -Sanai "Destruction is annihilation or death might seem a very different change, and yet there are a thousand deaths that we die. Every disappointment, the moment when our heart breaks--it is worse than death. Often our experiences through life are worse than death, yet we go through them. At the moment they seem unbearable; we think we cannot stand it, and yet we live." Inayat Khan "When a man has a ragged cost he days,'I am poor.' In reality, his coat is poor--not he." Inayat Khan "This moment with all of us here is paradise," -Rumi "A not who does not appreciate in his childhood all that his mother has done for him, cannot then learn to be tender and gentle to his wife, for first lesson he has learned from his mother." - Inayat Khan "Spirituality is not in a long face and deep sigh. No doubt there are moments when you will sympathize with the troubles of others. There are moments that move you to tears, and there are times when you must close your lips. But there are other moments when you can see the joyous side of life and enjoy it's beauties. Man is not born into this works for depression and unhappiness. His very being is happiness; depression is something unnatural. By this I do not mean to say that sorrow is a sin or suffering always avoidable." - Inayat Khan "People are anxious to do something, and wait for years and years, unhappy, in despair, waiting for that moment to come." Inayat Khan "A gathering of God's friends talking quietly outdoors, the banquet being served, a dry rosé with a bite of kebab afterwards, a wink from the one who pours, Hafiz telling some story, Hajji Qavam with guys long laugh, a full moon overhead, the infinite mystery of all this love. If someone doesn't want the pleasure of such an open-hearted garden, companionship, no, life itself, must be against his rules!" -Hafiz ("The Banquet")

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