The Conference of the Birds Illustrated

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#ad - The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represent a human fault which prevents man from attaining enlightenment. One by one, hayrat bewilderment and, istighnah detachment, tawheed unity of god, finally, Marifat Gnosis, each offering an excuse and unable to endure the journeyThe birds must cross seven valleys in order to find the Simorgh: Talab Yearning, Eshq Love, they drop out of the journey, Fuqur and Fana Selflessness and Oblivion in God.

These represent the stations that a Sufi or any individual must pass through to realize the true nature of God. The conference of the birds illustrated- more than 20 unique and beautiful color illustrations relevant to the book- designed for your reading enjoyment- active Table of ContentsThe Conference of the Birds is a book of poems in Persian by Farid ud-Din Attar of approximately 4500 lines.

The Conference of the Birds Illustrated #ad - The poem's plot is as follows: the birds of the world gather to decide who is to be their king, as they have none. The hoopoe, the wisest of them all, suggests that they should find the legendary Simorgh, a mythical Persian bird roughly equivalent to the western phoenix.

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The Classic Love Story of Persian Literature - Layla and Majnun

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John Blake #ad - Nizami inspired rock star, Eric Clapton, to write his song "Layla". Writing nearly 1000 years ago, the thrill of shared affection, Nizami captures the lightness of heart that falling in love can bring, the sorrows of separation, the pains of jealousy and the grief that comes with loss.

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Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings Penguin Classics

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Penguin Classics #ad - Davis’s elegant combination of prose and verse allows the poetry of the Shahnameh to sing its own tales directly, interspersed sparingly with clearly marked explanations to ease along modern readers. This prodigious narrative tells the story of pre-Islamic Persia, from the mythical creation of the world and the dawn of Persian civilization through the seventh-century Arab conquest.

The stories of the shahnameh are deeply embedded in Persian culture and beyond, as attested by their appearance in such works as The Kite Runner and the love poems of Rumi and Hafez. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

. The definitive translation by dick davis of the great national epic of iran—now newly revised and expanded to be the most complete English-language editionA Penguin Classic   Dick Davis—“our pre-eminent translator from the Persian” The Washington Post—has revised and expanded his acclaimed translation of Ferdowsi’s masterpiece, adding more than 100 pages of newly translated text.

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings Penguin Classics #ad - With more than 1, 500 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Originally composed for the Samanid princes of Khorasan in the tenth century, the Shahnameh is among the greatest works of world literature.

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Spiritual Verses: The First Book of the Masnavi-ye Ma'navi Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - As the spiritual masterpiece of the Persian Sufi tradition, it teaches how to progress to the ultimate goal of the Sufi path - union with God. Drawing on diverse sources from bawdy tales and fables to stories of the prophet Mohammed, these verses are brief in expression yet copious in meaning. Jalaloddin rumi was a poet and a mystic, but he was first a teacher; in these verses he draws the reader into the complexities of human love and separation and explains the path to divine love through the elimination of self-regard and worldly desires.

. Begun in 1262 ad, or ‘spiritual couplets', masnavi-ye Ma ‘navi, is thought to be the longest single-authored ‘mystical’ poem ever written.

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KALILA WA DIMNA, Vol. 1: - Fables of Friendship and Betrayal from the Panchatantra, Jatakas, Bidpai, Kalilah wa Dimnah and Lights of Canopus Kalila and Dimna

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Zirac Press #ad - In his re-writing of this world classic, Ramsay Wood deftly knits several oral story-telling traditions into captivating modern literary style. Kalila and dimna• or •the panchatantra• also known in europe since 1483 as •The Fables of Bidpai• is a multi-layered, inter-connected and variable arrangement of animal stories, with one story leading into another, sometimes three or four deep.

These beautifully illustrated tales will be treasured by young and old alike. Racy, funny, vigorous, contemporary. Doris lessing'wood's superb stories should be set aside Italo Calvino's retelling of the folktales of Italy. Carlos fuentes'stories as closely interfolded as the petals of a rose. Ursula le guin.

In its original arabic format, ostensibly constitutes a handbook for rulers, through a cascade of teaching stories and verse, •Kalila and Dimna• •The Panchatantra• being its Sanskrit precursor, a so-called 'Mirror for Princes' illustrating indirectly, how to and how not to! run the kingdom of your life.

KALILA WA DIMNA, Vol. 1: - Fables of Friendship and Betrayal from the Panchatantra, Jatakas, Bidpai, Kalilah wa Dimnah and Lights of Canopus Kalila and Dimna #ad - These arrangements have contributed to world literature for over 2000 years, migrating across ancient cultures in a multitude of written and oral formats. In ramsay wood's version the profound meanings behind these ancient fables shine forth as he captures a great world classic, relevant, making it fresh, fascinating and hugely readable.

This is a book full of outrageously behaved animals and humans doing the most delightfully awful yet sometimes gentle things to each other. All our beast fables from aesop and the buddhist •Jataka Tales• through La Fontaine to Uncle Remus owe this strange, shape-shifting 'book' a huge debt.

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The Conference of the Birds

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - He recounts the perilous journey of the world’s birds to the faraway peaks of Mount Qaf in search of the mysterious Simorgh, their king. Attar’s beguiling anecdotes and humor intermingle the sublime with the mundane, the spiritual with the worldly, while his poem models the soul’s escape from the mind’s rational embrace.

Sholeh wolpé re-creates for modern readers the beauty and timeless wisdom of the original Persian, in contemporary English verse and poetic prose. These lofty words are an antidotefor anyone sickened by extremism's poison. Considered by rumi to be “the master” of Sufi mystic poetry, Attar is best known for this epic poem, a magnificent allegorical tale about the soul’s search for meaning.

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Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the early Mystics to Rumi Penguin Classics

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Penguin #ad - Reflecting both private devotional love and the attempt to attain union with god and become absorbed into the Divine, the Beloved, many poems in this edition are imbued with the symbols and metaphors that develop many of the central ideas of Sufism: the Lover, the Wine, and the Tavern; while others are more personal and echo the poet's battle to leave earthly love behind.

Written from the ninth to the twentieth century, these poems represent the peak of Islamic Mystical writing, from Rabia Basri to Mian Mohammad Baksh. These translations capture the passion of the original poetry and are accompanied by an introduction on Sufism and the common themes apparent in the works.

Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the early Mystics to Rumi Penguin Classics #ad - This edition also includes suggested further reading.

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The Masnavi, Book Three Oxford World's Classics

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OUP Oxford #ad - It follows the original by presenting Rumi's most mature mystical teachings in simple and attractive rhyming couplets. Your soul each moment struggles hard with death -Think of your faith as though it's your last breath. Your life is like a purse, and night and dayAre counters of gold coins you've put away'Rumi is the greatest mystic poet to have written in Persian, and the Masnavi is his masterpiece.

Like the earlier books, Book Three interweaves amusing stories with homilies to instruct pupils in mystical knowledge. Divided into six books and consisting of some 26, the poem was designed to convey a message of divine love and unity to the disciples of Rumi's Sufi order, 000 verses, known today as the Whirling Dervishes.

The Masnavi, Book Three Oxford World's Classics #ad - It has a special focus on epistemology, illustrated with narrativesthat involve the consumption of food. This is the first ever verse translation of Book Three of the Masnavi.

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Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Pantheon #ad - Ghost stories, fables, romances, and heroic sagas: the forms are familiar, but the characters we meet surprise us at every turn. For those who know and love the tales of the Grimms and Andersen, the universal themes of fairy tale literature emerge in these classic stories, but with a sophistication that is uniquely Chinese and altogether entrancing.

With black-and-white drawings throughoutPart of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library. This collection of tales opens up a magical world far from our customary haunts.

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Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

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Viking #ad - For the first time in english, in the most complete form possible, readers can experience Shahnameh in the same way that Iranian storytellers have lovingly conveyed it in Persian for the past thousand years. This prodigious narrative, tells the story of pre- islamic Iran, composed by the poet Ferdowsi between the years 980 and 1010, beginning in the mythic time of Creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century.

As a window on the world, shahnameh belongs in the company of such literary masterpieces as Dante’s Divine Comedy, the plays of Shakespeare, the epics of Homer— classics whose reach and range bring whole cultures into view. Among the great works of world literature, perhaps one of the least familiar to English readers is the Shahnameh: ThePersian Book of Kings, the national epic of Persia.

Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings #ad - . Now dick davis, has revisited that poem, the greatest modern translator of Persian poetry, turning the finest stories of Ferdowsi’s original into an elegant combination of prose and verse. In its pages are unforgettable moments of national triumph and failure, human courage and cruelty, blissful love and bitter grief.

In tracing the roots of iran, shahnameh initially draws on the depths of legend and then carries its story into historical times, when ancient Persia was swept into an expanding Islamic empire.

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Hafiz, The Voice of God, A Hundred Odes

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CreateSpace #ad - In what might be one of the most definitive english translations of Persian mystic and poet, Hafiz, the English and Urdu translator Khalid Hameed Shaida has produced this stunning and lyrical collection which could prove to be as timeless as it is inspired. This is a powerful, that brings to fruition love, collection of the Sufi master's first one hundred lyrical poems, or ghazals, mysticism, at times playful, and other Sufi themes.

With a keen sense of timing and verse, the translator is able to capture the lyrical quality as well as Hafiz's profound message that possesses elements of modern surrealism. This compilation stresses form and verse as it weaves a nearly magical intensity that will have new readers falling in love with an ancient master of poetry and aficionados of Persian mystic period appreciating timeless odes in a creative and inspiring voice.

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