"Rumi's Sun offers something unique in classical Sufi
literature: an eyewitness record, by Rumi's own disciples, of the
actual personal teachings and conversations of Shams-i Tabriz. In
this beautifully readable version, we are given a fascinating
insight into a unique and unforgettable personality: a boldly
iconoclastic figure whose teachings are marked by an intensity of
purpose, and whose own spiritual experience is expressed in an
unusually open way. The translators have also done a useful service
highlighting the many places where Shams' teachings were
subsequently adapted and creatively transmuted throughout Rumi's
epic Masnavi and other poems."
--James Winston Morris, internationally respected scholar of Sufism, Professor, Boston College"Rumi is the most popular poetic voice in America today. But if he is the king of poetry, Shams of Tabriz is the power behind the throne. What Rumi points us to, indicates, refers to, is here--in the words of his intimate friend and . . . infinitely mysterious master. Shams' words shock and stun, amaze with their inspiration . . . When you have found Shams of Tabriz, you know there is nowhere else you need to go."
--Peter Kingsley, author of Reality and In the Dark Places of Wisdom"According to a prophetic tradition, 'Love is a fire that, when it befalls the heart, burns away all but the Beloved.' Look into the burning breast of Shams of Tabriz and you will see the Beloved looking back at you."
--Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Sufi Order International