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‘A lover’, said the hoopoe, now their guide, ‘Is one in whom all thoughts of sel…

‘A lover’, said the hoopoe, now their guide,
‘Is one in whom all thoughts of self have died;
Those who renounce the self deserve that name;
Righteous or sinful, they are all the same!
Your heart is thwarted by the self’s control;
Destroy its hold on you and reach your goal.
Give up this hindrance, give up mortal sight,
For only then can you approach the light.
If you are told: “Renounce our Faith,” obey!
The self and Faith must both be tossed away;
Blasphemers call such action blasphemy –
Tell them that love exceeds mere piety.
Love has no time for blasphemy or faith,
Nor lovers for the self, that feeble wraith.

The Lover
by Farid ud-Din Attar

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Thank you Chaity……Yes.

Attar was a dude of the first waters.

It is only for the sense of the “me”…….that exists the sense of a “you”.

Which births the sense of “mine” and “yours”.

Now within these self etched boundaries…

…arises…….the relatings……and the whole gamut of qualifications of ..

..righteous and sinful, good and bad….

….the saint and the sinner……..the prayer and the blasphemy.

In the one…….where the sense of “me” is no more…..

…….no more is the attendant gestalt of relatings and their qualifications and selections.

The beingness of such a one…..is Love, compassion, empathy….

…for truly in Love………there are no strangers.

And is thus…….unconscious of anything as piety or the outrageous.

So how can their be Love……if one is all that there is?

It’s the same body…..and yet the hand reaches out to cup a stubbed toe



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