63 quotes from Attar of Nishapur: ‘The home we seek is in eternity; The Truth we seek is like a shoreless sea, Of which your paradise is but a drop. This ocean. 0 references. place of birth . Category:Attar of Nishapur. 0 references. described by source. `Attar’s statue beside his mausoleum, Nishapur, Iran `Attar’s work preserves many of the sayings of previous Sufi saints; we are indebted to.

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I know how love’s fire can burn. Each valley can be understood as one of the seven heavens; as we journey into our own souls, we also journey through the heavens into the divine presence because at the center of our soul lies the divine itself.

Therefore, by profession he was similar to a modern-day town doctor and pharmacist.

History of “Farid ad-Din Attar” Note: In terms of form and content, it has some similarities with Bird Parliament. Once past the veil you understand the Way From which the crowd’s glib courtiers blindly stray. In the Mokhtar-nama, a coherent group of mystical and religious subjects is outlined search for union, sense of uniqueness, distancing from the world, annihilation, amazement, pain, awareness of death, etc. If you enter several tags, separate with commas. The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame and was consumed.

Only from the universal soul does he get the salutary advice that he can find the deliverance he seeks nowhere except in himself. Make of your heart a looking-glass and see Reflected there the Friend’s nobility; Your sovereign’s glory will illuminate The palace where he reigns in proper state. Even though the majority of Iranians eventually converted to Islam, many aspects of their ancient civilization became integrated into the newly formed Islamic society.

Under the Orange Trees of Gaza. Rumi has mentioned both of them with the highest esteem several times in his poetry.


The fruit of love’s great tree is poverty; Whoever knows this knows humility. In their new world, the planets are as minute as sparks of dust and elephants are not distinguishable from ants.

Skip to main content. Therefore, I re-created the parables as poetic prose and the speech of the birds and of Attar as contemporary verse. Notably, jazz bassist David Holland ‘s albumwhich was written as a metaphor for his own enlightenmentand Om’s Conference of the Birdswhich deals with extremely esoteric themes often connected with metaphors of flightinward vision, destruction of selfand oneness with the cosmos.

This is particularly remarkable in the case of medicine, which fell within mishapur scope of his profession. Sufism is a spiritual philosophy, and all human beings, regardless of their faith and religion can come to feel its ecstatic influence on their soul.

Attar, the Sufi Poet and Master of Rumi, by Sholeh Wolpé | World Literature Today

The qttar and future lives of the thirty successful birds become shadows chased by the celestial Sun. Credit is due under the terms of this license that can reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. Ritter, Das Meer der Seelepp. Significantly, he did not want to uncover the secrets of nature.

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The authorship of the second group remains an unsolved problem. The wisest of them, the hoopoe, suggests they undertake a journey to the court of the great Simorgh, a mysterious bird who dwells in Mount Qaf, a mythical mountain that wraps around the world, where they can achieve enlightenment.

Attar tells us that truth is not static and that we each tread a path according to our own capacity. The King tries to show the temporary and senseless desires of his six sons by retelling them a large number of spiritual stories.

The above lists include poets mostly of Iranic background but also some of Indic, Turkic and Slavic backgrounds. However, when the sovereigns established a closer relationship with philosophers and poets, enlightenment inevitably followed.

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The specifically Sufi themes of pantheism, self-effacement, and bewilderment cf. Nott, The Conference of the BirdsLondon, and How can a man so deeply in love notice a fault in the eye of his beloved?

Vahshi Bafqi — ‘Orfi Shirazi. Like the birds of this story, we may take flight together, but the journey itself will be different for each of us. The multitude of forms that masquerade Throughout the world spring from the Simorgh’s shade. They are sometimes modeled after Sanai. If while living you fail to find yourself, to know yourself, how will you be able to understand the secret of your existence after you die? The epic poem is a masnavi, a poetic form invented by the Persians. People sacrifice personal advantage for their sake; serving others, too, results from loving others more than ourselves.

Attar of Nishapur

The starting point is the idea that the body-bound soul’s awaited release and return to its source in the other world can be experienced during the present life in mystic niehapur attainable through inward purification.

The second one touched the flame lightly with his wings and said: Stepping into the sixth valley, the birds become astonished at the beauty of the Beloved. The fourth valley is introduced as the valley of detachment, that is, detachment from desire to possess and the wish to discover. His talent for perception of deeper meanings behind outward appearances enables him to turn details of everyday life into agtar of his thoughts.