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Chasing Rumi: A Fable About Finding the Heart's True Desire by Roger Housden

By Roger Housden

This mesmerizing tale, set within the overdue Nineteen Fifties, takes us from the hills and piazzas of Florence to the fairway domed mosques of Konya, Turkey. Upon studying a poem by way of the thirteenth-century Sufi dervish Rumi, Georgiou, a tender Greek icon painter, is pressured to shuttle to the land that this poet referred to as domestic. encouraged by way of Rumi's magical phrases, Georgiou leaves his father and their small enterprise in hopes of recapturing the transcendent strength of an early adolescence vision.

Through encounters with Christian and Islamic mystics, and guided through forces he can't identify, Georgiou steadily learns to keep on with his personal center. The nearer he will get to Konya and to Rumi's tomb, the extra in awe he turns into on the workings of destiny. however it is simply while Georgiou returns to Florence that his lifestyles alterations perpetually in an adventure that finds the secret of existence and love.

In the culture of The Alchemist and Siddartha , Chasing Rumi is a spellbinding and enduring tale for all.

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Sometimes, the path petered out in the forest of twisted and stunted pines, and he would stumble this way and that before finding it again. Sometimes he heard the call of an animal, and wondered if there were wolves on Athos still. With every step he felt lighter, fed by the southern light, the air, the sharp cut of tree against deep blue sky. It was in this buoyant mood, his lungs full of the scent of juniper and thyme, that Georgiou 48 came in sight, finally, of the great monastery of Iveron. At the gate, an old monk lay sleeping, his shoes by his side.

36 j 11 i G e org i ou walked into the shrine of Delphi an hour before sunset. Only the guardian was there now, for the tourist season was over, and the ruins were eerily quiet. Three pillars of the original temple were still standing, and the guardian let Georgiou sleep at their base. As night took over from day, Georgiou lay down and gazed up at Sirius, shining like a jewel in the canopy above. He thought of the countless people who had traveled from all around the Aegean Sea to reach this spot in the hope of an answer to their questions.

He looked up at the priest and said, “Father, I have changed my mind. I shall restore your icon. I will come to the church tomorrow, though I shall return to the temple in the evenings. ” The priest, delighted, went off to share the news with the village folk, for it was a Sunday 41 and many of them would be in the church that evening. The next morning Georgiou laid aside the icon that he had begun painting after the vision of the Mother and went down to the village. The villagers’ icon was in a delicate state, and all of Georgiou’s attention and skill were needed to bring it back to life again.

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