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Happy Attar Day

Source: Mehr News Agency

Throngs of people will rendezvous at the tomb of Farid ud-Din Mohammad ibn Ebrahim Attar (c. 1142-1220) in Neyshabur tomorrow to commemorate the Persian poet and mystic once again.


On this occasion, the Mehr News Agency would like to share the pleasure derived from one of his poems, which has been translated by U.S. expert on Persian literature Coleman Barks.

Looking for your own face

Your face is neither infinite nor ephemeral.
You can never see your own face,
only a reflection, not the face itself.

So you sigh in front of mirrors
and cloud the surface.

It's better to keep your breath cold.
Hold it, like a diver does in the ocean.
One slight movement, the mirror-image goes.

Don't be dead or asleep or awake.
Don't be anything.

What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.

Attar and the Persian Sufi Tradition: The Art of Spiritual Flight

... Payvand News - 04/13/11 ... --

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