Don’t Be Anything By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

DON’T BE ANYTHING Don’t be dead or asleep or awake. Don’t be anything.

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Pain And Medicine By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

PAIN AND MEDICINE The pain of love became the medicine for every heart, The difficulty could never be solved without love.

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The Vain Bird By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Vain Bird ‘You see I am vanity personified, Iblis watches over me night and day Thus I’m prescribed by him without a guide. I…

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God Speaks To David By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

God Speaks to David David was an open vessel, the light Poured into him. God’s words took flight In him and through him God said:…

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Slander In The Heart By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

SLANDER IN THE HEART A man rose up where Junaid (Junaid al-Baghdadi) was preaching and began to beg. “This man is perfectly healthy,” thought Junaid….

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The Simurgh By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Simurgh Ah, the Simurgh, who is this wondrous being Who, one fated night, when time stood still, Flew over China, not a single soul…

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For All Is God By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

FOR ALL IS GOD And as His Essence all the world pervades Naught in Creation is, save this alone. Upon the waters has He fixed…

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Separation From Beloved By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

SEPARATION FROM BELOVED Those who have not been separated from their Beloved will not understand my night without my love. Without my Beloved I was…

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We Will Not Live Long By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

WE WILL NOT LIVE LONG Sleep with the remembrance of death, and rise with the thought that you will not live long. – Awais al-Qarni…

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God Speaks To Moses By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

God Speaks to Moses One day God spoke to Moses and said: ‘Visit Satan, question him, use your head.’ So Moses descended to Hell’s burning…

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The Dullard Sage By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Dullard Sage Lost in myself I reappeared I know not where a drop that rose from the sea and fell and dissolved again; a…

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Was The Door Ever Closed By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

WAS THE DOOR EVER CLOSED Your own heart is the living place of the Universe’s essence. Salih rahimahu Llah always told his students, If you…

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Give Your Life To The Way By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

GIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE WAY If you can step outside the stage we know, The dark confusions of our life below, And reach man’s…

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The Birds Find Their King By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Birds Find Their King Once more they ventured from the Dust to raise Their Eyes — up to the Throne — into the Blaze,…

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We Will Not Be Free If By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

WE WILL NOT BE FREE IF So long as we do not die to ourselves, and so long as we identify with someone or something,…

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Bird Parliament By Edward Fitzgerald By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

Bird Parliament by Edward FitzGerald Once on a time from all the Circles seven 1 Between the stedfast Earth and rolling Heaven THE BIRDS, of…

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The Eternal Mirror By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Eternal Mirror Not You but I, have seen and been and wrought. . . . Who in your Fraction of Myself behold Myself within…

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Your Heart By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

YOUR HEART Plunge into the ocean of your heart, For there you’ll find the universe.

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I Shall Grasp The Soul’s Skirt With My Hand By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

I shall grasp the soul’s skirt with my hand English version by Bernard Lewis I shall grasp the soul’s skirt with my hand and stamp…

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The Angels Have Bowed Down To You And Drowned By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The angels have bowed down to you and drowned The angels have bowed down to you and drowned Your soul in Being, past all plummet’s…

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When One Is Being Ignorant By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

WHEN ONE IS BEING IGNORANT A certain young man was always speaking against Sufis. One day, Dhu Nun took the ring from his finger and…

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I Know Nothing By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

I Know Nothing I know nothing and comprehend nothing. I am unaware of my own state. I am in love, but with who I don’t…

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The Hawk By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Hawk He was a soldier with a soldier’s pride, This hawk, whose home was by a king’s side. He was haughty as his master,…

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The Valley Of The Quest By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Valley of the Quest When you begin the Valley of the Quest Misfortunes will deprive you of all rest, Each moment some new trouble…

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How Long Then Will You Seek For Beauty Here By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

How long then will you seek for beauty here Seek the unseen, and beauty will appear. When the last veil is lifted neither men Nor…

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The Nightingale By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Nightingale The nightingale raises his head, drugged with passion, Pouring the oil of earthly love in such a fashion That the other birds shaded…

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I Will Be Alone With Him By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

I WILL BE ALONE WITH HIM “I shall grasp the soul’s skirt with my hand and stamp on the world’s head with my foot. I…

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The Lover By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Lover ‘A lover’, said the hoopoe, now their guide, ‘Is one in whom all thoughts of self have died; Those who renounce the self…

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A Shoreless Sea By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

A SHORELESS SEA The home we seek is in eternity; The Truth we seek is like a shoreless sea, Of which your paradise is but…

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Invocation By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

Invocation We are busy with the luxury of things. Their number and multiple faces bring To us confusion we call knowledge. Say: God created the…

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The Moths And The Flame By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The moths and the flame Moths gathered in a fluttering throng one night To learn the truth about the candle light, And they decided one…

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All Who, Reflecting As Reflected See By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

All who, reflecting as reflected see All who, reflecting as reflected see Themselves in Me, and Me in them; not Me, But all of Me…

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Look — I Do Nothing; He Performs All Deeds By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

Look — I do nothing; He performs all deeds Look — I do nothing; He performs all deeds And He endures the pain when my…

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The Pain Who Give Us A Reason To Live And Love By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

THE PAIN WHO GIVE US A REASON TO LIVE AND LOVE Whoever received an atom of this pain of Love For him both yesterday and…

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Biography Of Farid Ud-Din Attar By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

Biography Of Farid ud-Din Attar Farid ud-Din Attar was born in Nishapur, in what is today north-east Iran. There is disagreement over the exact dates…

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Love’s Arrow By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

LOVE’S ARROW Make your soul the target of love’s arrow flying from the bow of the Beloved’s hand. Let it pass through your soul. Don’t…

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The Peacock’s Excuse By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The peacock’s excuse Next came the peacock, splendidly arrayed In many-coloured pomp; this he displayed As if he were some proud, self-conscious bride Turning with…

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A Dervish In Ecstasy By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

A dervish in ecstasy A frenzied dervish, mad with love for God, Sought out bare hills where none had ever trod. Wild leopards kept this…

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Nothing By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

NOTHING I know nothing, I understand nothing, I am unaware of myself. I am in love, but with whom I do not know. My heart…

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The Pilgrim Sees No Form But His And Knows By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The pilgrim sees no form but His and knows The pilgrim sees no form but His and knows That He subsists beneath all passing shows…

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A Slave’s Freedom By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

A slave’s freedom Loghman of Sarrakhs cried: “Dear God, behold Your faithful servant, poor, bewildered, old– An old slave is permitted to go free; I’ve…

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Looking For Your Own Face By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

Looking for your own face English version by Coleman Barks Your face is neither infinite nor ephemeral. You can never see your own face, only…

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The Pupil Asks; The Master Answers By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

The Pupil asks; the Master answers ‘Why was Adam driven from the garden?’ The pupil asked his master. ‘His heart was hardened With images, a…

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Be Whole By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

BE WHOLE Be whole in desire and journey to the Whole.

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Mysticism By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

Mysticism English version by Coleman Barks The sun can only be seen by the light of the sun. The more a man or woman knows,…

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The Secret Of Your Existence By Shikh Fariduddin Attar

THE SECRET OF YOUR EXISTENCE Strive to discover the mystery before life is taken from you. If while living you fail to find yourself, to…

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