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The Conference of the Birds by [Farid Ud-din Attar]
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This is a classic sufi text written by the Persian poet Farid Ud-Din Attar. In the poem, 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. The hoopoe leads the birds, each of whom represent a human fault which prevents man from attaining enlightenment. When the group of thirty birds finally reach the dwelling place of the Simorgh, all they find is a lake in which they see their own reflection. It is the Sufi doctrine that God is not external or separate from the universe, rather is the totality of existence. The thirty birds seeking the Simorgh realise that Simorgh is nothing more than their transcendent totality.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Farid Ud-din Attar (25 February 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XBJ5LS8
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revel in the beauty of medieval Persian poetry and Sufi thought 9 March 2015
By Merrily Baird - Published on
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Ask a well-educated Iranian for advice on reading the Persian classics and high on his/her list will likely be "The Conference of the Birds," a medieval poetic allegory written by Farid ud-Din Attar. Attar began his professional life as a well-educated pharmacist, and, after some years of listening to the cares and concerns of his patients, devoted himself instead to travel and the study of philosophy. These travels, which extended throughout the Middle East, Turkistan, and India, left him most profoundly impressed by the Sufi approach to Islam and culminated in the writing of "The Conference of the Birds." This lengthy verse poem tells of the search of the world's birds for a magical leader, symbolizing the quest of the human soul for unity with the Supreme Being.

Precisely who among the Sufi philosophers and authors of his age most influenced Attar is not well documented, but there is no doubt of the the impact he in turn would have on the work of Rumi and Hafez, the Sufi poets today best known in the West. To further round out your appreciation of the impact that Attar's classic has had over the centuries, treat yourself to the recently published "The Canticle of the Birds: Illustrated Through Persian and Eastern Islamic Art." In this expensive but exquisitely illustrated volume, Dr. Michael Barry of Princeton University has brought to bear his deep knowledge of Persian, Central Asian, and Indian art and thought.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great metaphor 29 August 2013
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This book blew me away. I had to read it for an English Lit class I took in university and I ended up keeping it in my personal library to read for my spiritual development. My interpretation of this story is that the birds of all kinds (representing people of the world) all have to go on this journey (a metaphor for life) that will be difficult and if they make it through they will become one with the Simorg (not sure what that is but I took it to mean that they will be transferred to a better place; a higher level of spirituality and intellect). The hoopoe bird is very wise and gives the other birds words of leadership and wisdon. If you are a spiritual person, I would recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best poetic translation into English of this classic 18 September 2016
By C. de Neergaard - Published on
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Lovely poetic translation of this world heritage classic
This is one of the top pieces of literature from the rich and deep Persian literary tradition. The bowl of Attar's story contains a wealth of philosophical and psychological insight and spiritual teachings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and this translation is among the best available in English 10 December 2015
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Attar's Conference of the Birds is indeed a classic, and this translation is among the best available in English. Highly recommended for seekers of the heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... and even in my teen age I could feel great peace in the journey of soul and I say ... 6 October 2016
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I read this book in Sindhi translation some twenty years ago and even in my teen age I could feel great peace in the journey of soul and I say it certainly is a great book who wish to know the theme of Sufism. The author, Farid u din 'Attar', is a great Sufi and Iranian philosopher of all times who has written over a hundred books and many of these relate to Sufism. Attar gifted one of his books 'Elahinameh' to Rumi when Rumi's family was migrating from Blukh to Benzantine (present Turkey) to escape Mongol invasion.
The book is authentic simplified source to understand central idea of Sufism and stages in the journey of soul. The book came without any defects in a water proof envelope 5 Stars definitely.