|Rumi with the full name Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi is one of the well-known Persian poets with an international reputation. Best Rumi books have been admired and translated into several languages mostly English. which makes him one of the most popular and best-selling poets all around the globe. several international writers admired and used his words in their books. Rumi’s books and poems help us to start looking at the world with love and give us a new perspective on life other than this materialistic view without any humanity and kindness that is turning people into so-called robots.
Rumi’s life story is interesting as firstly he was a teacher and jurist giving religious lessons to students in mosques in the 13-th century. This was his routine until he came across Shams Tabrizi, a wandering mystic, leading to chaos and a complete transformation in Rumi’s life to change him into a Sufi. This mystical friendship had a profound effect on Rumi’s life especially when his beloved friend disappeared without any notice and died. This inspired Rumi to write poems to express his love and desire for his friend.
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As Rumi was Persian his works are mostly written in this language, but finding his words beautiful, many of them have been translated and interpreted into other languages, mostly English, by famous internationally known writers. Coleman Barks is one of the most famous English interpreters who translated and was inspired by Rumi’s poetry to write several books in English. Below are some of the Best Rumi books that you cannot miss reading if you love poetry. All his poems are full of knowledge and life lessons. These books are written by Rumi or inspired by his works which will be appealing to Rumi lovers everywhere.
1. The Masnavi I Ma’navi of Rumi
If we want to consider a book of Sufism that is most influential and popular in history, it is the Masnavi of Rumi. This book is a series of six books written in poems and is one of the richest sources of mystical poems in the world of literature. The text of the book is spiritual whose concentration is on teaching Sufis how to be a true lovers of their God. An interesting point about Masanavi is the simple language and stories which the writer used to convey complex concepts. This feature makes the book easy to read, understandable, and stimulating for anyone who is interested in Sufism. Not only this, the book is also embedded with education on ethical issues to make people behave properly.
2. The Book of Rumi: 105 Illuminative, informative, and Delighting Stories and Fables
If you want to explore the hidden spiritual aspect of everyday life experience, this book which comes from the sixth volume of Masnavi core can be a good option. Translation of 105 short teaching stories can be found in the book prose and fresh.
3. The Essential Rumi | one of the Best Rumi books
The Essential Rumi has more than 80 never-before-published spiritual, beautiful, and mystical poems by Rumi making it one of the bestselling books of Rumi. With the perfect lyrical translation of Coleman Barks, numerous readers have found this book instrumental and amazing making the words of Sufi Mystic Rumi more widespread and popular than ever before.
4. The Love Poems of Rumi
This book is a collection of strong love poems by Rumi. The poems in the book are full of the expression of deep human emotion in a meaningful way. New translations are added to the new version of the book which is edited by Deepak Chopra. This edition helps to evoke readers’ moods and music in the love poems of Rumi.
5. Rumi’s Little Book of Life
“Nothing happens by chance, no one goes on a quest without a reason. Without the pull of the magnet, there is no action.”
Everyone who wants to take an inner journey and explore the self deeply can use this book as a helpful guide. The focus of the book is on going deep into your inner life by collecting the mystical poetry of Rumi.
Experienced Persian translators prosed this book by selecting some of the best Rumi poems in three different parts. By reading each part— the soul, the heart, and the spirit you can become closer and go deeper into your spiritual intrinsic nature.
6. A Year with Rumi by Coleman Barks
“In your light, I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that light becomes this art.”
If you love reading Rumi’s poetry, in this book you will find one poem for each day of the year. Coleman Barks can be considered the most effective person in giving Rumi an international reputation and making him popular with the entire globe is the writer of this book. Although he is not able to read, speak and write in Persian, he uses other English translations of Rumi’s poems to write his books.
The Barks’ own soul practice and life work have resulted in this book. He came to know Rumi’s work in 1976 and ever since he had been employing and enjoying it in his personal life and encouraging others by rephrasing Rumi’s poems via writing several books.
7. Past and Present, East and West | one of the Best Rumi books
“I hope this book will help ground all the lovers of Rumi as they circle, moth-like, around the flame of his works.”
This book which is written by Franklin Lewis is the result of studying several resources and the author’s effort to reconstruct Rumi by writing a historical overview of Rumi’s life and how much he was influential. To reach this goal Lewis took a deeper look at Rumi’s teacher, father, Shams Tabrizi, and also the religious environment where Rumi grew up. So, by reading this book you will know who Rumi was and learn about the mystical poet.
This book is known as the most detailed biography of Rumi in English as it is documented meticulously and researched aesthetically.
F8. In the Arms of the Beloved | Rumi book
“What is your life about, anyway?— Nothing but a struggle to be someone, Nothing but a running from your own silence.”
love is the center and soul of the universe in Rumi’s poetry. This soul knows no boundaries there is no difference between countries, races or religions as it embraces all people. The magical ability of Rumi’s poetry is that it can show us the secrets of love and how we can be completely boundness.
There is also a chapter on the symbolism of Sufi terms and also some anecdotes about Rumi which makes this book a good choice for first-time readers of Sufi poetry.
9. Bridge to the Soul | one of the Best Rumi books
You want inner silence and enjoyment of the spirit; this book will carry you into it. Gaining soulful understanding and consciousness is one of the mentioned results of reading this book.
10. Say I am You
The book is a mixture of poetry with stories of the Sufi poet both Rumi and Shams. This book speaks about our bond with God and nature. Not everyone can see the magic around. it can only be felt and touched through the heart.