NIGHTINGALE – Conference of the birds -, painting and words by NILGUN, Turkey

(copyright of the artist)

LINK: http://www.artabus.com/nilgunakyol/

…The Nightingale says that the love of the Rose satisfies him, and the journey is beyond his strength; but the Hoopoe warns against being a slave of passing love that interferes with seeking self-perfection.
‘Attar began The Conference of the Birds (Mantiq al-tair) with an invocation praising the holy Creator in which he suggested that one must live a hundred lives to know oneself; but you must know God by the deity, not by yourself, for God opens the way, not human wisdom. ‘Attar believed that God is beyond all human knowledge. The soul will manifest itself when the body is laid aside. One cannot gain spiritual knowledge without dying to all things. When the birds assemble, they wonder why they have no king. The Hoopoe presents herself as a messenger from the invisible world with knowledge of God and the secrets of creation. She recommends Simurgh as their true king, saying that one of his feathers fell on China.
Out of thousands of birds only thirty reach the end of the journey. When the light of lights is manifested and they are in peace, they become aware that the Simurgh is them.
“This is a story about the spiritual quest for completion. It is powerful and beautiful. In our society, there are many false Simurgh’s yet, we need a guide in our quest. There is such a guide, we must have the courage to take the journey”

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