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CHARACTERS à A Little Book of Mystical Secrets ¶ At long last an accessible little book that focuses on the teachings of Rumi's teacher and inspiration Shams of Tabriz Included in this slim charming volume is a biographical sketch of the great Sufi teacher and mystic and a new translation of 500 of his core teachings that bring into fS spiritual seekers and devotees of the mystical path will meet this little book of wisdom and mystical secrets with enthusiasm I shall not place you in my heartFor you may get hurt by its woundsI won't keep you in my eyesFor I may belittle you andexpose you to the ridicule of common menI will hide you inside my soul not in my heart or in my eyesso that you may become one with my breath. The mind will lead you to the door but never into the house for inside reasoning is a veil the mindis a veil even the heart is a veilThis book enlighten the road towards the wayLike it

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S of his works and yet most readers are unaware of how Rumi became a mystic Shams an Arabic word that means the sun was the catalyst that converted the rather resolute and ascetic Rumi the cleric and teacher into Rumi the passionate disciple of the religion of love He was the agent of the propulsive mystical energy that transformed Rumi the reticent into Rumi the ecstatic poetRumi lover. I've always held Shams in a special regard and to find this little book that focuses on Shams is an ultimate treasure Maryam Mafi offers copious teachings of the brilliant Shams in this slight volume that captures the mind the heart and the soul of the reader It's charming thought provoking and intimate

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A Little Book of Mystical SecretsAt long last an accessible little book that focuses on the teachings of Rumi's teacher and inspiration Shams of Tabriz Included in this slim charming volume is a biographical sketch of the great Sufi teacher and mystic and a new translation of 500 of his core teachings that bring into fresh focus the meaning and mysteries of life and loveThere are many books on Rumi and many translation. I know much about the relationship between the Sufi poet Rumi and the mystical vagabond Shams and have read numerous books about Rumi at least 20 Their chance meeting is believed to be an act of divine grace Shams means the sun and Rumi was referred to as the moon and their union was one of the greatest creative partnerships of all time a true union of 2 divine forces Shams was the muse and catalyst that turned Rumi from a jurist and religious scholar to a poet whose poetry revealed great truths about love and humanity This union was all magic synergy synchronistic divine destiny so we should feel the magic in this book However I didn't feel any of that Ultimately I felt this book had too many shortcomings for me to recommend it to others It's a lackluster account of their story didn't teach me anything I didn't already know and the excerpts from Shams's teachings were flat unremarkable and missing a key element his soul I couldn't feel it For those interested in Rumi and Shams and their special relationship please read Soul Fury by Coleman Barks or the Rumi biography Rumi's Secret by Brad Gooch Both are excellent and capture that magic