Author: Kamla K. KapurPublisher: PenguinYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 158ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143067542
‘What is Sufism? To feel joy in the heart at the coming of sorrow.’ More than eight hundred years on, Rumi’s stories about the human spirit continue to captivate us. The difficulty of escaping the many deceptions of the world, the inevitability of death and the all-forgiving power of love are just some of the themes that fascinated this great Sufi mystic, whose works are among the greatest treasures of Persian literature.Contemporary and accessible, this collection of thirty stories from the Mathnawi reflects both Rumi’s relevance to the modern world and the essence of his vision. Including delightful tales like ‘The Witch of Kabul’, ‘The Cup of Praise’ and ‘Bayazid’s Holy Body’, as well as a lucid introduction to Rumi’s life and thought by Kapur, this book will lead the twenty-first century reader on a journey of spiritual quests, humorous jaunts and insights into the human heart.
Preface Surrender to God’s will 1. The Worth of a Pearl2. And this Belongs to … 3. The witch of Kabul Embrace Suffering 4. You Never know why 5. Pilgrimage to Paradise 6. The Gift 7. Taming the Tiger Pray 8. The Cup of Praise 9. Moses Learns a Lesson 10. The Jug of water 11. The Dark Flower of Justice Be Content 12. The All – Knowing Rooster 13. Bones 14. Og, the Hungry Giant 15. The Sweetness of Bitter Melons Trust Spiritual Masters 16. Hop up on my Hump 17. I am a mirror 18. The House of God 19. Bayazid’s Holy Body Tame Your Ego 20. Nouns and Verbs 21. The Company You Keep 22. A Dead Ass 23. The Dangers of Imitation 24. Spend! Spend! Spend! Be Humble 25. The Roar in the Mirror 26. Ayaz’s Secret Treasure 27. The Root to Treasure Befriend Death 28. Wings of the Wind 29. The Prison and the Rose Garden 30. The Eye of the Heart 31. Sources 32. Acknowledgements