TALES OF MYSTIC MEANING -(Selections from the Mathnawi of Jalāl-ud-Dīn Rūmī)
the great Persian poet and mystic: In Tales of Mystic Meaning, Prof. R. A. Nicholson presents translations of the most important stories from this entertaining work, which draws its inspiration from the rich religious philosophy of the Sufis, and their belief that all things emanate from God and are moving towards ultimate reunion with Him. Belonging to the last period of Riami’s life, the Mathnawi consists of a series of tales that explore the eternal questions of life’s meaning and purpose. Prof. Nicholson’s translation preserves the direct semi-colloquial style of the tales, their lively dialogue and the humorous descriptions of human nature in which they abound. Rilmi’s moral and mystical teaching lends itself to universal application and displays with a light touch the wisdom that never plays on the surface without contemplating the hidden depths beneath. Nicholson combined exact scholarship with notable literary gifts coupled with deep understanding of Islam and of the Muslim peoples. Some of his versions of Arabic and Persian poetry entitle him to be considered a poet in his own right.