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The Conference of the Birds (Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Farid Attar
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Composed in the twelfth century in north-eastern Iran, Attar's great mystical poem is among the most significant of all works of Persian literature. A marvellous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - an esoteric system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the consequences of the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hoopoe. With eloquence and insight, however, the hoopoe calms their fears, using a series of riddling parables to provide guidance in the search for spiritual truth. By turns witty and profound, The Conference of the Birds transforms deep belief into magnificent poetry.


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Like "Rumi" and "Hafiz", the name "Attar" conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. A Persian Sufi of the 12th century, Attar's masterpiece is the Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God. When all the birds of the world convene and determine that they lack a king, one bird stands forth and offers to lead them to a great and mighty monarch. Initially excited, each bird falters in turn, whereupon their leader admonishes them with well-targeted parables. These pithy tales are the delight of this four-and-a-half thousand line poem, translated deftly into rhymed couplets. What is your excuse for not seeking God--your life is fine already, you prefer material pleasure, you aren't holy enough, you have pride, lack courage or are burdened with responsibility? Attar has an answer to encourage you on the path. And when you get to the promised land, who is the king that you will find? It may not be who you would expect, but you must make the journey to see. --Brian Bruya

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Like "Rumi" and "Hafiz", the name "Attar" conjures up images of passionate attraction to the divine. A Persian Sufi of the 12th century, Attar's masterpiece is the Conference of the Birds, an epic allegory of the seeker's journey to God. When all the birds of the world convene and determine that they lack a king, one bird stands forth and offers to lead them to a great and mighty monarch. Initially excited, each bird falters in turn, whereupon their leader admonishes them with well-targeted parables. These pithy tales are the delight of this four-and-a-half thousand line poem, translated deftly into rhymed couplets. What is your excuse for not seeking God--your life is fine already, you prefer material pleasure, you aren't holy enough, you have pride, lack courage or are burdened with responsibility? Attar has an answer to encourage you on the path. And when you get to the promised land, who is the king that you will find? It may not be who you would expect, but you must make the journey to see. --Brian Bruya

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 25 July 2013
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Fariduddin Attar was someone who truly understood the path to God and it shows in this book. For those on the path this book is perfect and will help clear things up for you. It has such a deep meaning and the beauty of it touches your heart. This is one of those books whereby no matter how many times you read it, you will still enjoy it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended 11 Aug. 2006
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I have just finished reading this book for a third time! and the more i read it,the more i enjoy it.

this masterpiece has revolutioned my life. not only recommended for true seekers of God,but also for anyone who would want to make the most of his or her life on this planet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Generally translations of poetry from one language to another end up losing the beauty of the original language. the authors have done an excellent job of making sure that some of the original beauty is preserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conference of the Birds 27 April 2013
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This was not what I expected - I was recommended this book as I study practical philosophy - it was very cleverly written and the poetry was so beautiful in parts and each one conveys a message.

Recommended if you like anything written by Rami, Persian poet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 27 July 2013
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A must read for every individual trying to further themselves spiritually. The way the author has used birds as an example for human traits was a genius idea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read 5 May 2013
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This book is lovely its certainly a book to digest and savour slowly and reflect on its meaning. Great for anyone searching deeper meanings on life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of Sufis 5 Jun. 2013
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A Classic of Sufis in an handy edition with all the explanations and introductions one needs to get inside the Simorgh Tale. Top!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a classic of wisdom 5 Mar. 2006
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This book is a guide to life and people, our mistakes, our vanities, our hypocricy, our struggles, our virtues and all else that makes up a human character, that can be read again and again. It's an absolute classic and highly recommended to anyone interested in Sufism - in fact on that level it's essential reading. But recommended to all.
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