The Forbidden Rumi: The Suppressed Poems of Rumi on Love, Heresy, and Intoxication (Paperback)

The Forbidden Rumi: The Suppressed Poems of Rumi on Love, Heresy, and Intoxication By Nevit O. Ergin (Translated with commentary by), Will Johnson (Translated with commentary by) Cover Image

The Forbidden Rumi: The Suppressed Poems of Rumi on Love, Heresy, and Intoxication (Paperback)

By Nevit O. Ergin (Translated with commentary by), Will Johnson (Translated with commentary by)

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The first collection of poems translated into English from the forbidden volume of the Divan of Rumi

• Presents Rumi’s most heretical and free-form poems

• Includes introductions and commentary that provide both 13th-century context and modern interpretation

After his overwhelming and life-altering encounters with Shams of Tabriz, Rumi, the great thirteenth-century mystic, poet, and originator of the whirling dervishes, let go of many of the precepts of formal religion, insisting that only a complete personal dissolving into the larger energies of God could provide the satisfaction that the heart so desperately seeks. He began to speak spontaneously in the language of poetry, and his followers compiled his 44,000 verses into 23 volumes, collectively called the Divan.

When Nevit Ergin decided to translate the Divan of Rumi into English, he enlisted the help of the Turkish government, which was happy to participate. The first 22 volumes were published without difficulty, but the government withdrew its support and refused to participate in the publication of the final volume due to its openly heretical nature. Now, in The Forbidden Rumi, Will Johnson and Nevit Ergin present for the first time in English Rumi’s poems from this forbidden volume. The collection is grouped into three sections: songs to Shams and God, songs of heresy, and songs of advice and admonition. In them Rumi explains that in order to transform our consciousness, we must let go of ingrained habits and embrace new ones. In short, we must become heretics.
Nevit O. Ergin (1928-2015) was the original English translator of the complete Divan-i Kebir and the coauthor, with Will Johnson, of The Forbidden Rumi and The Rubais of Rumi. In 1955, he became an initiate in the Itlaq (“total liberation”) path of Sufism under the tutelage of Sufi master Hasan Lutfi Shushud.

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 Breathing through the Whole Body, The Posture of Meditation, and The Spiritual Practices of Rumi. He lives in British Columbia.
Product Details ISBN: 9781594771156
ISBN-10: 1594771154
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: February 14th, 2006
Pages: 176
Language: English
“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