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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Although his heroes are for the most part Sufis and ascetics, he also introduces stories from historical chronicles, collections of anecdotes, and all types of high-esteemed literature.

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Normally the verses in each poem are coherent. 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. The element of entertainment must be maintained, and that requires accessibility and readability as well as poetic beauty. There are also some Qasida “Odes”but they amount to less than one-seventh of the Divan.

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In nishapru new world, the planets are as minute as sparks of dust and elephants are not distinguishable from ants. If ever you attain a clear vision of the unseen world, then only will you be able to realize the source of Love.

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Stepping into the sixth valley, the birds become astonished at the beauty of the Beloved. When will their attat, insistent whining cease? Darbandi and Davis comment that while in common with other Persian poets he uses hyperbole, on the other hand “most of his metaphors are stock comparisons.


If he had rivals,then I know of none; The earth resounded with this paragon. The wisest of them, the hoopoe, suggests they undertake jishapur 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.

August 17, This article is available in print. Home Blog Cultural Cross Sections. They are not even aware of themselves. The man never saw this white blemish, even though he ot into her eyes all the time.

How can a man so deeply nihsapur love notice a fault in the eye of his beloved? Notable early Notable modern Singers. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3. Encyclopaedia IslamicaEditors-in-Chief: More importantly, they realize that God is beyond unity, multiplicity, and eternity.

The work has also interested Iranian scholars as a specimen of early Persian prose G. Chapters are on matters of practical morals and general or Sufi ethics.

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Photo by Bonnie Perkinson. Under the Orange Trees of Gaza. The first son asks for the daughter of the king of fairies Pariyaan.

The Land of Regal Elephants. The history of earlier contributions by wikipedians atrar accessible to researchers here:. In the second valley, the birds give up reason for love and, with a thousand hearts to sacrifice, continue their quest for discovering the Simurgh.

Attar tells us that truth is not static and that we each tread a path according to our own capacity. And themselves, lost in the Sea of His existence, are the Simurgh.

It is not until they enter the fifth valley that they realize that unity and multiplicity are the same. Once past the veil you understand the Way From which the crowd’s glib courtiers blindly stray.


The story is about a king who is confronted with the materialistic and worldly demands of his six sons. The narrative is organized around the birds’ objections to the journey and the hoopoes’ responses.

Hishapur can be arrived at variously—some have found the Mihrab, others the idol. One of Ritter’s arguments is that the principal figure in the second group is not Ali, as in the third group, but Hallaj, and that there is nothing in the explicit content of the second group to indicate a Shi’a allegiance of the author. Such knowledge is only brought into his works in contexts where the theme of a story touches on a branch of natural science.

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Simurgh’s chamberlain keeps them waiting for Simurgh long enough for the birds to figure out that they themselves are the si thirty murgh bird.

Attar, the Sufi Poet and Master of Rumi

Understanding can be arrived at variously—some have found the Mihrabothers the idol. The first one went closer and said: The Conference of Birds. Contemporary Persian and Classical Persian are the same language, but writers since are classified as contemporary. Nott, The Conference of the BirdsLondon, and Legend has it that Attar met Rumi when that future niwhapur mystic poet ahtar a child. Mystical experiences in the privacy of vigil probably form the background of the whole work Ritter, ibid. The third valley confounds the birds, especially when they discover that their worldly knowledge has become completely useless and their understanding has become ambivalent.