Rumi's Sun : The Teachings of Shams of Tabrizi
Rumi's Sun : The Teachings of Shams of Tabrizi

Rumi's Sun : The Teachings of Shams of Tabrizi

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Rumi's son wrote, "After meeting Shams, my father danced all day and sang all night. He had been a scholar --he became a poet. He had been an ascetic--he became drunk with Love." 

Shams of Tabriz was indeed Rumi's "Sun," the one who set him alight with Divine Love. With the opening of that friendship, a new paradigm appeared and Love flowed out into this world in such abundance that even after almost 800 years the ripples are still widening to encompass the whole of this world . . .

"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


ISBN: ​9780939660193
AUTHOR: Shams-i-Tabrizi
TRANSLATORS: Refik Algan & Camille Adams Helminski
BINDING: Paperback 
PAGES: 464 Pages
DIMENSIONS: 17 x 24 cm
WEIGHT: 0.65 kg
PUBLISHER: Threshold Books
FIRST PUBLICATION: November 26, 2015


Shams-i-Tabrīzī or Shams al-Din Mohammad (1185–1248) was a Persian Muslim, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi and is referenced with great reverence in Rumi’s poetic collection, in particular Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrīzī (The Works of Shams of Tabriz). Tradition holds that Shams taught Rumi in seclusion in Konya for a period of forty days, before fleeing for Damascus. The tomb of Shams-i Tabrīzī was recently nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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