The Essence of Rumi,Paperback - 240 pages, by John Baldock. Over a period of 25 years, Mawlana Rumi, May Allah be pleased with him, composed over 70,000 verses of poetry on the subjects of divine love, mystic passion and ecstatic illumination. Scholars of his work today believe that he is one of the greatest poets of all time. Now widely read, Rumi, May Allah be pleased with him, was relatively unknown in the West until fairly recently. His principal works have been translated into many languages although they are still best known by their Persian names: the Divan-i Shams-i Tabriz, the Fihi ma fihi and the Mathnawi. These, and some of his other writings, will be comprehensively explored throughout this book. The Essence of Rumi offers the opportunity to overcome the limitations of our human view of the world and transform our sensory eye into the poet's all-seeing Ocean of Reality.