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RUMI ESSAYS: On the Life, Poetry, and Vision of the Greatest Persian Sufi Poet (2016)
Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th-centry Persian Sufi poet, is one of the most widely-read poets today. But who was Rumi really? How do we know what we know about him? How did he become a passionate poet of love? What was the nature of the relationship between Rumi and his beloved friend Shams? What are the key notions in the thousands of Rumi poems? What are Rumi’s essential teachings for transformation and spiritual growth? How can we use his poetry as meditation? How is Rumi related to our modern world and life? How do Rumi’s views compare with the teachings of the Buddha? What is the position of Jesus Christ in Rumi’s poetry and faith? Why is Rumi’s poetry so popular seven centuries after his life? These are among the major questions explored in this book.
This comprehensive package of information and reflections on Rumi’s life, poetry, and vision draws on original works in Persian including Rumi’s own poetry and historical texts. This volume of essays will be useful to all who want to understand Rumi in greater detail in order to better situate his ideas and better appreciate his poetry.
 Introduction: Why Rumi Matters
 Inspiration: Be Like Melting Snow
 Poet of Love and Peace
 Master Rumi: The Path to Poetry, Love and Enlightenment
 Rumi’s Life and Spiritual Journey
 Rumi’s Roots: The Historical Rumi
 Rumi and the Buddha: Correlative Ideas on Spiritual Awakening
 Sufi and Buddhist Teachings: Views from Rumi’s Poetry and Life
 Jesus Christ in Rumi’s Poetry and Parables
 Rumi’s Poems on Jesus’ Breath
 In the Ocean of Rumi
 Love and Life in Rumi’s Poetry
 A Map of the Heart in Rumi’s Poetry
 Rumi’s Poetry as a Guiding Light
 Rumi’s Poems for Meditation and Life
 Rumi Comes to America
 Why is Rumi a Best-Selling Poet in America?
 Book Reviews
[Appendix I] A Chronology of Rumi’s Life & Family
[Appendix II] Glossary and Transliteration
[Appendix II] Rumiyât: A Guide to Rumi Studies
Notes and References
Index of Names