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Love Lessons from Ancient Writers - Book Review: The Soul In Love
Love Lessons from Ancient Writers - 'The Soul In Love' by Deepak Chopra
"The Soul in Love" book captures the reader to want to breathe in the love our souls crave. This book, put together by Deepak Chopra, is of lovely classic poems of five ancient great writers from Rumi to Tagore, of Persia to India, respectively.
In the introduction, Chopra mentions that the freedom is the key quality of immortal love. He goes on to explain that love "isn't bound by time and space; it doesn't really need expression or outward show because nothing is happening outwardly. The soul's love occurs when a person goes to an unchanging place beyond all dimensions." (page 15-16). Love, according to Deepak Chopra, which falls in line with these great writers, and all of whom I agree with, is something we all yearn for but we can only achieve true love when we are free.
The poetry book begins with poems by Rumi (1207-1273) from Persia in the thirteenth century. The poems Chopra chose from Rumi teach us a world full of light and love. A place full of positive thoughts. My most favorite poem in this book by Rumi is 'A Single Note.' The best line from this poem is "…where everything is music." (page 30). This poem from Rumi suggests that everything that is full of love and light is surrounded by certain music. I believe this understanding to be true. When you understand and give and receive love, if you listen close enough, everything becomes a certain note that gives off a certain tune to become music.
After Rumi, Chopra presents poems by Hafiz (1325-1389). Hafiz's poems which were chosen make the reader think and feel. My favorite poem by Hafiz in this book is called 'Purpose.' The poem reads "time is a factory where everyone slaves away, earning enough love to break their own chains."(page 53). These poems, especially this one I mentioned, make you think about life a little deeper.
The next writer after Hafiz in this poetry book is Kabir (1440-1518). Kabir is an ancient writer from the late fifteenth to early sixteenth century in India. He wrote for the common people of his time. His poems were real and relatable. One of my favorite poems by Kabir is "Spontaneity." One of the lines from the poem is, "when you feel most alive, find out why" (page 59). Kabir's poems encourage the reader to embrace happiness and being active in their life.
When the reader continues on after Kabir, they are met with the ancient writer, the only female one in the book, Mira Bai (or Mirabai) (1500-1550). Mira was born and raised a princess who shared her poetry filled songs about love among the common people in India. Her poetry was composed to inspire all. My favorite poem/song composed by Mirabai is "This Pain of Love." The best line in the poem is, "only the jeweler knows the worth of the jewel, not the one who tosses it aside" (page 80). This line, along with the other poems, suggest that true love heals the pain when unworthiness is felt. Love and time heals and makes you better is a common theme in her poems.
The last and final ancient writer we can learn from is Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is more of a modern writer but still from the old world which still makes him an ancient writer in some way. He inspired and still inspires many in the arts just as Kabir had also been his inspiration for writing. Tagore won the Nobel Prize in 1913, showing that him and his spiritual poetry elicits many to become inspired and embrace the beautiful world around us. One of my favorite poems of his featured in the book is "Listen." One of the lines in this poem that I love is, "listen, my heart, to the whispering of the world" (page 86). Tagore shows us in this poem that listening is apart of love. My other most favorite poem by him is "Deliverance." The lines in this poem which show true love is having freedom are, "what I see and hear and touch bears your delight, until all my illusions turn into illuminations, and all my desires ripen into the fruits of love" (page 106). This poem like the others, inspire the reader to understand that the soul having true love means being free and happy.
This poetry book, "The Soul in Love," does well, with the aid of the greatest poems, to illustrate to the reader that freedom and happiness unlocks the true unbreakable love which we all desire. Deepak Chopra truly picked the best ancient to the modern ancient writers to demonstrate that true love comes from within when you listen closely and aren't bound by anything. The reader can really learn a love lesson from these writers and Chopra if they open and free their mind to listen closely to the music of the words of the poems.
Which of these ancient writers do you think you would or do like the best?
© 2014 Alyssa Scheidemann