The Secret Rose Garden


The mystic verse of Shabistari, written during a period of fierce conflict between Christianity and Islam in the fourteenth century, must be considered among the greatest poetry of any time or land. Restating ibn ‘Arabi’s ideas in poetic form and treating such themes as the Self and the One, the Spiritual Journey, Time and This Dream-World, and the ecstasy of Divine Inebriation, Shabistari’s work is a perennial witness to the capabilities and destiny of humanity. While Shabistari was deeply rooted in the Sufi mystical tradition, there are no cultural gaps which need to be bridged, for he was keenly aware of that one unique truth which all religions strive to approximate. Thus he writes: “‘I’ and ‘you’ are but the lattices, / In the niches of a lamp, / Through which the One Light shines. / ‘I’ and ‘you’ are the veil / Between heaven and earth; / Lift this veil and you will see / No longer the bonds of sects and creeds. / When ‘I’ and ‘you’ do not exist, / What is mosque, what is synagogue? / What is the Temple of Fire.”
This work will be of interest to all students of Sufism. It contains a concise and very informative introduction, by the translator, to the symbolism of Sufi poetry, and is re-typeset from the first edition, published in 1920 in the Wisdom of the East series.

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Author: Sa-d Ud Din Mahmud Shabistari
Publisher: Sh. Muhammad Ashrag
Year: 1999
Pages: 72
Printed: Pakistan
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: New
Weight: 151gr.
Description from the publisher: 

The history of mysticism contains many impassioned love songs to the Absolute, but in Sufi poetry there is a peculiar richness, a colour which fascinates and charms so many of us.

Shabistari composed his Gulshan-i-Raz, of which this is the translation, in answer to a series of questions on mystical doctrine set to him by an enquirer from Khurasan.

A collection of poems written in the 14th century by Sheikh Mahmoud Shabistari. It is considered to be one of the greatest classical Persian works of the Islamic mystical tradition known in the west as Sufism. The poems are mostly based on Irfan, Islam, Sufism and sciences dependent on them.


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