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The Forbidden Rumi


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Songs to Shams, Songs to God
He Took Me Under His Arm
Split Wide Open
I Won't Repent His Love
How Can I Fool Him?
Stay with Me
Conversations with God
The Greatness of Absence
How Happy a Time
What a Bird!
Love Letter to Shams
Death Is Life for You
More Than These
What Can I Do?
Give Up Yourself
I Keep Smiling
Why Are You Deceiving Me?
He Embraced Me Like His Own Soul
The Placeless Place
Everyone Else Is a Stranger
Beautiful One
The Promise Is Sweet
Still Say Nothing
Flying High On Your Wine
Offer Your Wine
Please Don't Go
It Wasn't Like That
The Road Is Narrow
Don't Go Away
Lifting the Curtain
His Trace
Wherever You Are
Don't Go Anywhere Without Me
Your Blessing Is Unconditional

Songs of Advice, Songs of Admonition
Search There
The Best Nourishment
Divine Road
Choose Love
God's Ocean
Watch How God Opens the Door
The Journey Starts Here
Ascend the Mountain of Love
Don't You Recall?
These Two Worlds
Outside the Sack
A Rascal in the Bazaar
Just Do It
Your Overflowing Secrets
The Drunks of Union
Ahead of the Thought
The Land of Absence
Love Is Its Own Proof
Advice to the Drunk at Heart
Light and Shadow
Words into Dust
Time to Journey
Come as You Are
The Language of the Heart
Free Wine
The Perfect Host
A Helper of Hearts
A Life Without Art
God's Artistry
All That Is Good
Open the Door
Donkey and Ox
The Caravan's Bells
Steal Pearls
This Temporary World
Some Advice
Music at the Tavern of Eternity
The Eggshell of the Body
Open Your Door
Heaven's Door
Submerged in Absence
Life Is Coming to the Rose Garden
The Path in the Heart
The Rose's Plea
Why Are You So Reasonable?
You Are in His Hand
Cries of Confirmation
Words of the Secrets
Hidden from the Eyes
You Snatched My Heart
The Moon's Slave
Cut It Short

Songs of Heresy
You Can't Get Away
I Came Back to You
Everyone Is Welcome to This School
A Stranger to Myself
I Am the One!
Wake Up from Your Sleep
He Is Beyond Praise

Translator's Afterword

About the Author

Nevit Ergin is the original translator of the entirety of Rumi's 44,000 verses into English. Will Johnson is the founder and director of the Institute for Embodiment Training, which combines Western somatic psychotherapy with Eastern meditation practices. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Rumi: Gazing at the Beloved.


"For the past fifty years Nevit Ergin has been working to bring into English the entirety of Rumi's vast Divani Shamsi Tabriz. This last volume is the most incendiary and it clearly dissolves the boundaries of organized religion and national ego that keep us from the table of friendship that Rumi invites us to. . . . We are very grateful to Dr. Ergin for his life's work." * Coleman Barks, translator of The Essential Rumi *
"It takes a great deal of courage to read The Forbidden Rumi as it may press a lot of buttons, not only about your own pathway to God, but your views and prejudices about love, religion, heresy and Islam.

"All of Rumi's poems have enjoined us to release the rules and open our hearts to our inner treasure of love, but these most controversial poems cut to the bone.

"This final book of Rumi's poems is a must-read for any serious student of spiritual ecstasy. They pose questions that make us wonder and re-evaluate our views about a religion that is portrayed as governed by extremists. They reveal a hidden face of Islam that may surprise even moderate Islamists.

"Most importantly, these poems reveal that Islam too has always had a mystical, transcendent element that is its purest gift." * Lesley Crossingham, New Dawn, Mar-Apr 2007 *

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