Author: Nasr, Seyyed Hossein (Author), Rumi, Jalalu'l-Din (Author), Lopez-Baralt, Luce (Introduction by)
Publisher: Foundation for Traditional Studies
Pages: 116 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
With this second volume of poetry, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, whose name the reader usually associates with the philosopher, the historian and the scientist, firmly establishes his role as a spiritual mentor of the highest rank. In The Pilgrimage of Life and the Wisdom of Rumi, as in his former Poems of the Way, the poet further explores the pilgrimage of life and invites us to realize what our true transcendent destination really is. This time, however, Nasr’s poetical rendering of the Way uncovers increasingly deeper spiritual secrets: so much so that his allegorical pilgrimage turns into a veritable mystical path.
In the section “A Few Moments with Rumi,” Nasr translates from the Persian some of the finest poems of the Mathnawi and the Diwan. Nasr sustains an ardent dialogue with this foremost Sufi master, his countryman and his very special companion of the Path. Both mystical poets identify with the reed that narrates the poignant tale of separation since both have had the heart-rending experience of feeling “cut from the reed-bed” of their true celestial origins.
from the Introduction
About the Author:
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, born in Iran and immersed from childhood in classical Persian poetry, was educated in science, philosophy and Islamic studies in America and taught for two decades at Tehran University. Founder and first president of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy, he is now University Professor Islamic Studies at George Washington University and President of the Foundation for Traditional Studies. He is the author of over thirty works primarily in Persian and English. His works include his Gifford Lectures, Knowledge and the Sacred, The Heart of Islam, Poems of the Way, and The Garden of Truth: the Vision and Practice of Sufism.
About the cover:
The Nasr II design has been carefully designed on the fundamental principles of Islamic pattern. This multiplicity in unity is designed to reflect the “beams of light” which are also indefinite in capacity of the sage Seyyed Hossein Nasr himself to whom the pattern is dedicated by the artist.
Dr. Keith Critchlow, author of design