Monday, October 09, 2017

Attar: 'The Conference of the Birds' (1187 A.D.) , Part the Second

Attar, The Conference of the Birds (1187 C.E.), translated by Sholeh Wolpé. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. 

Another flight with this feathery Sufi-inspired work by Persian herbalist and poet Farīd ud-Dīn Aṭṭār of Nishapur (circa 1145-1220/21).

"The shadow and its maker are one and the same,
so get over surfaces and delve into mysteries." (page 78).

From the story of the Christian girl:

"Her eyes were agents of calamitous love; her eyebrows, twin arches of temptation. A single glance at her beauty stripped her lovers of reason."   (page 87).

"Tonight I burn in longing; I've no stamina for love's mayhem." (page 89).

"Love's labor is not superficial work. Safety is not compatible with love." (page 95).

"As empathetic as you may be, you can't understand what hasn't happened to you."  (page 99).

The Hoopoe to the Weak Bird:

"If this quest is wrong and in vain,
and if we die of distress from it right now,
then so what?
Mistakes abound in this world --
add this one to the list."
And here's one for a new Trump Tower ("Parable of the Ostentatious Merchant"):

"Out of vanity, a merchant built a golden mansion. He then invited everyone he knew to his new home with great affectation and pride, so that they could see it and be amazed. On the day of the big reception, the merchant was running around making arrangements when he came upon a Wayfarer.

That lover of the Path said to the merchant: 'Crude fellow, I would love to come this very moment to your mansion to take a shit, but I have to run; please accept my apologies.'

And with this, he took his leave."  (pages 158-159). 

Today's Rune: Partnership. 

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Some really wise quotes from here