The Drowned Book
Ecstatic and Earthy Reflections of Bahauddin, the Father of RumiBook - 2004
Bahauddin, Rumis father, was not only a major force in the development of Islamic spirituality, but also deeply influential in his sons life. This delightful and provocative collection reveals the depth of thirteenth-century Sufi mystical wisdom and its acute observations into nature, humanity, and the mysteries of life. Full of wit and insight, Bahauddins notes bring to the reader a deeper understanding of his son Rumis spiritual and intellectual heritage.
After his fathers death in 1231, Rumi carried his fathers spiritual notebook, known as the Maarif, everywhere. The writer Aflaki tells this story of the meeting of Rumi and Shams: Rumi is sitting by a fountain in Konya talking to his students with the Maarif open on the fountains ledge. Suddenly, Shams interrupts the conversation and pushes the precious text into the water.
"Who are you and why are you doing this?" asks Rumi, protesting that this copy of his fathers diary is the only one in existence.
Shams replies, "It is time for you to live what you have been reading of and talking about. But if you want, we can retrieve the book. It will be perfectly dry. See?" And he lifts Bahauddins notebook out, "Dry."
Rumi set aside his fathers book and joined Shams; but now, in this first-ever translation of the vital passages of the Maarif, renowned poet Coleman Barks and Persian scholar John Moyne open a window into the world of Rumi, the young man who became one of the worlds best-loved poets and great spiritual teachers.