I studied advanced poetry writing and have written and published many poems myself. I also read a lot of poetry and novels.
Love Lessons from Ancient Writers
The Soul in Love is a book that captures the reader and inspires them to breathe in the love our souls crave. This book, put together by Deepak Chopra, is full of lovely classic poems from five ancient great writers ranging from Rumi of Persia to Tagore, of India. In this review, I'll discuss the book's introduction—written by Deepak Chopra—and the works of each of its five authors.
Introduction by Deepak Chopra
In the introduction, Chopra mentions that 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" (pages 15–16).
Love, according to Deepak Chopra, is something we all yearn for but can only achieve when we are free. Chopra falls in line with these five great writers, and and I happen to agree with all of them.
The poetry book begins with poems by 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi (1207–1273). The poems Chopra chose from Rumi teach us of 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 and comes together to form music.
After Rumi, Chopra presents poems by Hafiz (1325–1389). Hafiz's poems were chosen make the reader think and feel. My favorite poem by Hafiz in this book is called "Purpose." It 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 more deeply.
The next writer after Hafiz in this poetry book is Kabir (1440–1518). Kabir is an ancient writer from late 15th to early 16th-century 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 be active in their life.
When the reader continues on after Kabir, they are met with another ancient writer and the only female one in the book, Mira Bai (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 her other poems, suggests that true love heals the pain when unworthiness is felt. A good takeaway from her writing is that love and time heal us and makes us better.
The final ancient writer we learn from is Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) is a more modern writer but his work is still fairly olf. He inspired and still inspires many in the arts, just as Kabir inspired his writing. Tagore won the Nobel Prize in 1913, showing that he and his spiritual poetry have caused 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 a part of love.
My other most favorite poem by him is "Deliverance." This poem explains that true love is freedom: "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, inspires the reader to understand that a soul with true love feels free and happy.
The Soul in Love does a great job of illustrating to the reader that freedom and happiness unlock the true unbreakable love we all desire. Deepak Chopra truly picked the best 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 and listen closely to the music of the words within the book.
© 2014 Alyssa Scheidemann
Robin Grosswirth from New York on June 05, 2014:
You sparked my interest to read this book.