Rumi, Thief Of Sleep And Other Poems, You Tube



“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”  Jalaluddin Rumi.



Hot of the press my new YouTube dedicated to all great Teachers of Truth. Like Rumi says, come, come, come whoever you are, come!  Life is short and there’s so much to learn about love. So Heathen, fire worshipper or idolatrous, come! (I like that. 😉 ) eve   


In 1976 the poet Robert Bly handed Coleman Barks a copy of Cambridge don AJ Arberry’s translation of Rumi and said, “These poems need to be released from their cages.” Barks transformed them from stiff academic language into American-style free verse.  Since then, Barks’ translations have yielded 22 volumes in 33 years, including The Essential Rumi, A Year with Rumi, Rumi: The Big Red Book and Rumi’s father’s spiritual diary, The Drowned Book, all published by HarperOne.  They have sold more than 2m copies worldwide and have been translated into 23 languages.

A new volume is due in autumn. Rumi: Soul-fury and Kindness, the Friendship of Rumi and Shams Tabriz features Barks’ new translations of Rumi’s short poems (rubai), and some work on the Notebooks of Shams Tabriz, sometimes called The Sayings of Shams Tabriz.  “Like the Sayings of Jesus (The Gospel of Thomas), they have been hidden away for centuries,” Barks notes, “not in a red urn buried in Egypt, but in the dervish communities and libraries of Turkey and Iran. Over recent years scholars have begun to organise them and translate them into English.”

800 years ahead of the times

“Just now,” Barks says, “I feel there is a strong global movement, an impulse that wants to dissolve the boundaries that religions have put up and end the sectarian violence.  It is said that people of all religions came to Rumi’s funeral in 1273. Because, they said, he deepens our faith wherever we are.  This is a powerful element in his appeal now.”

“Rumi was an experimental innovator among the Persian poets and he was a Sufi master,” says Jawid Mojaddedi, a scholar of early and medieval Sufism at Rutgers University and an award-winning Rumi translator. “This combination of mystical richness and bold adaptations of poetic forms is the key to his popularity today.”

25 thoughts on “Rumi, Thief Of Sleep And Other Poems, You Tube

    1. yes. I used the you tubes as a meditation. they take a few days to make with and then the you tube.. I like to use my own pics. because I love those. Others don’t appeal so much. eve

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        1. the photos are from my garden. i love the Spring as it is so beautiful and the photos are good memories. Rumi makes for a good friend along with the photos. thanks again I am glad to have my post shared. eve

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          1. I’m just looking at the video … are those flowers your photos? Awesome!! Did you make this video yourself? Amazing … love it!! ❤ …. great job!

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          2. yes all mine. the credit are at the end. for music, poems and photos from my garden. I use a lumix XL7 for macro photography. It is good. The garden is wonderful in spring, although the rain has beaten many of the spring snowdrops and crocuses down. I have to catch the flowers quickly as weather is always a problem here. eve

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          3. i think from now on i shall be making more videos. I wish i had a good channel but i have never given it time. If I had my videos might be seen more, as it is they remain a bit obscure. Ishould have blogged less and videod more!!!!! yaaa!

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