When I heard about Rumi: Tales of the Spirit: A Journey to Healing the Heart, by Kamla K. Kapur, and read what it was about, I instantly knew I had to read it. Rumi’s teaching have been resonating with me and I feel called toward anything that has to do with them. This book wasn’t the exception, and it met my expectations.
Rumi: Tales of the Spirits is a collection of retellings based on Rumi’s original stories, adapted to modern time with a simpler structure and clearer ideas, although keeping their magic and deep meanings that teach us valuable lessons and morals. It starts with a strong tale about times when pain seems to be unending and unstoppable, but Kamla K. Kapur shows why this could be happening and what we should focus on while living in such conditions.
I’ve been struggling with a significant part of my life, with several aspects of myself and what surrounds me, now sure of how to act, behave, think or feel, trying to keep the emotions under control. Rumi: Tales of the Spirits when I most needed it, giving me one relief after the other, one answer after the other.
Each of the stories included in it offer a high level of insight to guide us through the hard stages of our development, they shine a light when desperation arises and when odds are not in our favor. Kamla K. Kapur keeps her simple and gentle, yet direct tone in all of the stories, turning us from readers to witnesses of her reworked tales, which quickens the reading.
I would normally say that I devoured the entire book from beginning to end, but this is one of those cases which asks the reader to stop now and then. Rumi: Tales of the Spirits is not meant to be read in a single evening or a day, maybe not even a week, because although it is easy to follow, you need a break in order to absorb the stories to their fullest.
The only problem I had with Kamla K. Kapur was with a couple of her explanations. Some of her ideas didn’t match what understood after finishing the tales, and I would say some were longer than needed. She is clear in what we should take and learn from each of them, but I found myself disagreeing with her in the last pages.
This doesn’t mean that she is trying to force her own interpretations into the reader, but that she is clear in her ideas and what she wants us to understand, but there is still room for secondary meanings, for our own point of view in the matter. Rumi: Tales of the Spirits is not rigid or strict, but rather a fluent book that stimulates your connection with you higher self, the Divine, the universe, or whichever name you decide to use, and that’s what matters the most.
Kamla K. Kapur has done an incredible job in adapting ancient wisdom to these times, and I’m eager to see what she comes with next. I may not resonate with all of her previous books, but I’d love to give them a chance if the occasion arises. Readers should get a copy of this one if they’re seeking a stronger connection and bond with the superior energy that watches over us.
Print Length: 160 pages
Publisher: Mandala Publishing (March 12, 2019)
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
About the Author
Kamla K. Kapur is the author of Ganesha Goes to Lunch, Rumi’s Tales from the Silk Road, and The Singing Guru. Kapur has also published two books of poetry, As a Fountain in a Garden and Radha Sings: Erotic Love Poems, numerous short stories, and a series of award-winning plays. She divides her time living in the Kullu Valley in the Indian Himalayas and in Southern California.
About the Reviewer
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and solitary, eclectic witch interested in the darker side of magic and divination. Besides reading and writing, Bader also enjoys studying the Gothic subculture, which he belongs to, learning new languages and making endless lists of movies, music and the like. He can be found on Instagram as @saab.bader.