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THE FORTY RULES OF LOVE - BY ELIF SHAFAK

September 13, 2017

This is a book about the divine human love and friendship between two of the greatest men that have ever lived, Shams Tabrizi and his good friend Rumi (who is actually one of the greatest poets of all time.)

This was perhaps one of the most excelling relationships between men in the history of humanity that went on to become a deep lasting friendship. 

The Forty Rules Of Love is also the story of Ella, a Jewish housewife who takes a job as a reader of manuscripts. Her first manuscript is a novel called Sweet Blasphemy, concerning the poet Rumi and his muse, Shams of Tabrizi.  

The character that stood out to me in this book was the remarkable, wandering, whirling dervish Shams of Tabriz, a mystic provocateur who challenges the conventional wisdom, social and religious prejudice, whenever he encounters it. He is searching for the spiritual companion he is destined to teach. His soul’s purpose is to transform his student, Rumi - A beloved but rather complacent, unmystical preacher and religious scholar - into one of the world’s great poets, the ¨ the voice of love. ¨

Shams trained Rumi in all the mystical traditions of how to unite with the divinity within yourself and how attain a mortal eternal super consciousness or cosmic consciousness . This is what did happen.

While growing up I was never a heavy reader (even though MJ would always encourage me to read more) but I’ve picked it up the last years. ’The Forty Rules of Love’ is so far in my top 5 of favourite books.

¨ The quest for Love changes us. There is no seeker among those who search for Love who has not matured on the way. The moment you start looking for love, you start to change within and without. ¨  -Shams Tabrizi

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Omer Bhatti
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