Fifty Shades of the Mystic East (Audiobook)
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Read by David Shaw-Parker, Ghizela Rowe & Eleanor Rushton (Unabridged: 1hr 48mins) 

Featuring poems from Rumi, Mirabai, Confucius & many more. 

Whilst the notion of the Mystic East and Oriental wisdom was greatly romanticised by the Victorians and others, the shadow of Colonialism has smudged the view.  These great cultures are some of humanity’s earliest, their works, their art some of its most daring and most accomplished. 

In these 50 poems across 50 poets we hope, at least in part, to rebalance our view of this subject.  We begin in the 6th century BC and travel with a poet’s words and eyes across India, China, Persia and many other places in between.  The geography and culture may shift to different hues but the flavours, notions, musings and truths of these works bring both simplicity, majesty and beauty to these lands and peoples. 

Let us journey with poets such as Lao Tzu, Rumi, Mirabai, Gabirol and Guru Nanak on a journey to seek, to discover and find meaning in their verse that is so relevant to our lives today. 


In this compilation -

1 - Fifty Shades of the Mystic East - An Introduction 
2 - Thiruppavi (An Extract) by Andal
3 - An Ocean Without Shore by Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi
4 - All Pervading Consciousness by Farid ud-Din Attar
5 - Because Thou Art by Sri Aurobindo
6 - Kalam - I  by Sultan Bahu
7 - If You Are Seeking Allah by Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai
8 - Shikshashtakam by Chaitanya
9 - The Value of Friendship by Confucius
10 - Amrutanubhav (An Extract) by Dnyaneshwar
11 - The Mockingbird by Dr Fu
12 - The Song of Chess by Abraham Ibn Ezra
13 - Beauty of Truth by Khwaja Ghulam Farid
14 - The Prelude to Shah-Nameh (The Book of Kings) by Ferdowsi
15 - A Song of Redemption by Solomon Ibn Gabirol
16 - Navada Bhakti in an Untainted Heart by Gangasati
17 - The Walled Garden by Sanai Ghaznavi
18 - Song of the Flower by Khalil Gibran
19 - The Lute Will Beg by Hafiz
20 - Song of Loneliness by Jehudah Halevi
21 - I Do Not Cease Swimming by Mansur Al Hallaj
22 - The Power of the Pen by Samuel HaNagid
23 - The Cloud on the Mountain by Alama Iqbal
24 - Acceptance by Janabai
25 - The Guest Is Inside You and Also Inside Me by Kabir
26 - Tears Ere Thy Death by Khansa
27 - All Things Pass by Lao Tzu
28 - Vakh - If in the Flux of Time by Lal Ded
29 - Alone Looking at the Mountain by Li Po
30 - They All Err by Al-Ma'arri
31 - Would a Circling Surface Vulture by Akka Mahadevi
32 - Pointless It Is to Lament by Narsinh Mehta
33 - Go To That Impenetrable Realm by Mirabai
34 - The True Name is Like Sandalwood by Namdev
35 - Tiruvasiriyam by Nammalvar
36 - Dhanasri Measure by Guru Nanak
37 - Dream Fable by Rabia al Basri
38 - Where Shall I Go by Ramananda
39 - The Name Alone Is the Truth by Ravidas
40 - Only Breath by Jalaluddin Rumi
41 - One Body by Saadi
42 - His Ears Ringeth by Sambandar
43 - Drive Me Out of My Mind by Ramprasad Sen
44 - Who Attains the Secret of Unity. From the Mystic Rose Garden by Mahmud Shabistari
45 - Neither Hindu Nor Muslim by Bulleh Shah
46 - A Life Without Love by Shams Tabrizi
47 - The Journey by Tagore
48 - The Secret of Peace by Tukaram
49 - Hanuman Chalisa by Tulsidas
50 - On the Stork Tower by Wang Zhihuan
51 - Old Lines and New Songs by Wu Zao