Just Being Here

Rumi and Human Friendship

Just Being Here

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“What I had thought of before as God, I met today in a human being.”

Those were the words of the Persian mystic poet Rumi upon meeting the wild dervish Shams Tabriz. And out of their friendship bloomed many of Jelaluddin Rumi’s most inspired verses. On Just Being Here, the acclaimed poet Coleman Barks joins master cellist David Darling in a celebration of friendship—some of Rumi’s most memorable poems on the subject and five of Coleman’s own—illuminated within the interplay of Coleman’s inspired readings and David’s music. Listen in and let them widen and deepen your senses, like a fresh breeze that invites you to breathe freely and surrender to love in all of its changing guises.


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Very unique and beautiful! Review by Jackie

The soulful, beautiful cello of Grammy winner David Darling is a wonderful accompaniment to the reading of Rumi poetry by Coleman Barks, with his beautiful voice.

(Posted on 12/8/2015)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Tara B

Oh so soulful and alive and real. I love it. Thank you Sounds True for going in this direction.

(Posted on 7/14/2014)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Peggy B

The package arrived quickly and the CDs are really
amazing! I so appreciate being able to listen to the poetry at my own pace i.e. one at a time. It soaks in like a wonderful bubble-bath.

(Posted on 6/14/2014)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Bonita M

I love it.

(Posted on 4/7/2014)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Patti Cruickshank-Schott

I am so very grateful to still be able to hear Coleman Barks' wonderful voice and words…

I heard him first over 10 years ago performing at UNC Chapel Hill and I was immediately transfixed… and have enjoyed every performance I have been lucky enough to attend. His meditations on Rumi have sustained me lifted me up innumerable times...

(Posted on 12/29/2013)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Kendal Kendrick

Love it!! I really hope they collaborate for another recording just like this one!

(Posted on 9/24/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by catnorth

I loved Coleman's poem about a moment with his grand daughter, his lyrical voice is soothing.

(Posted on 6/17/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Haleh ,crazy fan of Molana

I listened this ,so nice and encouraging but guys this is just very little parts of unlimited beauty and greatness of Molana which you call Rumi ,the original Persian poets are incredible and unexplainable,in every part of it,whether he loved Shams or God.
his love to Shams,Shams said about Molana that he is the only one who can believe and understand his thoughts ,I think this is more than friendship that we use, this love between them is very holy and unique ,if you read the biology of them and read Divan E Sham of Molana in Persian ,you will understand what I am saying

(Posted on 6/16/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Sabrina Mutterer

Poor sound quality and David Darling is reading in a monotonous, uninspired voice, which doesn't do Rumi any justice.

(Posted on 3/11/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Catharine Mains

While I love the concept and appreciate the gifts from both beings, I would prefer longer musical interludes between the poems, so that their depth might resonate more profoundly.

(Posted on 2/9/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Susie

So beautiful I wept

(Posted on 2/4/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Marilyn Readhead

Love the work of Coleman Barks, his respect and sacred translations of Rumi's gifts to the world. Rumi's gifts to the world are timeless. The whole CD set is very tastefully presented and well balance with the superb support of David Darling.
Rumi and Human Friendship says it all, this product confirms "Just Being Here."

(Posted on 1/31/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Susan Thompson

Beautifully done; two men channeling cosmic energy and love.

(Posted on 1/28/2012)

Review for Just Being Here Review by roseanna aspinwall

A treat. Worth listening to over and over again. A treasure.

(Posted on 12/29/2011)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Helen Vandeman

Listening to Coleman Barks read Rumi or his own poetry is a mystical experience in itself, appreciated partly because he almost lost his ability to speak anymore.

(Posted on 12/3/2011)

Review for Just Being Here Review by Mattie Decker

Bless you for this.
Precious words, but the sound of Coleman's voice sings through the soul and we are blessed by your offering here.

(Posted on 11/26/2011)

Review for Just Being Here Review by patsy chador

amazing love this

(Posted on 10/27/2011)


Audio Download

Contents Audio download (2 hours, 39 minutes)
Filetypes FLAC, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published October 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-648-8
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-648-6
Product Code AW02123W