In the 13th century, the Persian Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi created a monumental masterpiece of mystical poetry, called Mathnawi-ye Ma‘nawi. This title means “Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”. Over the past decades, the Mathnawi and other works by Rumi have become immensely popular in the West.
In the 15th century Wa‘iz-e Kashifi, another Persian Sufi mystic, and scholar, wrote the Lubb-e Lubab-e Mathnawi-ye Ma‘nawi, which loosely translates as The Heart of Hearts of Rumi’s Mathnawi. This work is a thematic anthology of Rumi’s Mathnawi. Wa‘iz-e Kashifi compiled the Lubb-e Lubab-e Mathnawi as a help for fellow Sufis who studied Sufism using Jalaluddin Rumi’s Mathnawi.
In Persian-speaking Sufi circles it is almost as famous as the Mathnawi itself. Surprisingly enough, it has never been published in the West. But now it is available to students of mysticism and the many lovers of Rumi’s work. Wazir Dayers, who has been practicing and studying Sufism for more than 25 years, has made the very first English version of this unique book.
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