The Drowned Book: Ecstatic and Earthly Reflections of Bahauddin, Father of Rumi by Coleman Barks and John Moyne

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Lovers of the phenomenally popular 13th-century mystic-poet Rumi will find much to relish in this, the first English-language volume of prose by his father, Bahauddin. An important religious leader in his day and a significant influence on his son, Bahauddin offers quietly powerful meditations on the ineffable—reflections that penetrate the soul of the seeker-reader. Yogis in particular will appreciate the likes of passages such as this: "I was sitting, wondering what I should do, when I received this revelation: Open your heart. Feel the closeness with God. Look inside yourself. Tend the awareness there."