Monday, January 27, 2014

Only The Rose

Only The Rose

The wind then whispered something in code.
and I started clapping.

As lively as things can get around me -
and all the friends I have, truth is:

I live in a dimension where there is only the Rose. 

           What is this dimension? Do we have it here, in this world? Sufi poetry included a great amount of mysticism. The Great Poet Attar (also known as Farid ud-Din Attar, Attar of Nishapur, and فریدالدین عطار ) penned, in his notable The Conference Of The Birds: “He who would know the secret of both worlds will find that the secret of them both is Love.”
            In this collection, Attar writes of the Simurgh - a benevolent, mythical flying creature (similar to the Western association of the Phoenix). The figure can be found in all periods of Greater Iranian art and literature and classical and modern Persian literature, particularly as a metaphor for God.

Simurgh Art
Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah, Bukhara

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