Friday, November 26, 2004
Conference of the Birds, The Seven Cities of Love

One of the great masters of self uplifting from Persia is Farid Ud-Din Attar. Conference of the Birds is the English title of this part of the collection Haft Shahre Eshgh ( The seven Cities of Love ). It is available in the Penguin Classics Series, translated by Afkham Darandi and Dick Davis. They succeeded in giving the English text rhythm and a surprising openness and actuality. Of course all credits go to the master Attar himself too, for enriching the world with songs of such a great depth and vision.

The faithless Moslem and the faithful infidel

A Moslem fought an infidel one day
And as they fought requested time to pray.
He prayed and fought again - the infidel
Then asked for time to say his prayers as well;
He went aside to find a cleaner place
And there before his idol bowed his face.
The Moslem, when he saw hime kneel and bow,
Said: "Victory is mine if I strike now."
But as he raised his sword for that last stroke,
A warning voice from highhest heaven spoke:
"O vicious wretch - from head to foot deceit -
What promises are these, you faithless cheat?
His blade was sheathed when you asked him for time;
For you to strike him now would be a crime -
Have you not read in Our Koran the verse
'Fulfil your promises'? And will you curse
The word you gave? The infidel was true;
He kept his promises, and so should you.
You offer evil in return for good - 
With others act as to yourself you would!
The infidel kept faith with you, and where
Is your fidelity, for all your prayer?
You are a Moslem, but false piety
Is less than this poor pagan's loyalty."
The Moslem heard this speech and went apart;
Sweat poured from him, remorse accused his heart.
The pagan saw him as if spellbound stand,
Tears in his eyes, his sword still in his hand,
And asked: "Why do you weep?" The man replied:
"My shame is not a matter that I can hide" -
He told him of the voice that he had heard
Reproaching him when he would break his word,
And ending said: "My tears anticipate
The fury of your vengeance and your hate."
But when the infidel had heard this tale,
His eyes were filled with tears, his face turned pale -
"God censures you for your disloyalty
And guides the life of His sworn enemy -
Can I continue to be faithless now?
I will burn my Gods, to Allah I will bow,
Expound His law! Too long my heart has lain
In darkness bound by superstition's chain."
What infidelity you give for love!
But I shall wait until the heavens above
Confront you with the actions you have done
And numbers them before you, one by one.

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Here I will share with you my thoughts on music, literature and politics.

I am specifically interested in the treasury of Parsi literature.

Iran, and the movement for democratic change have my special interest too.

While singing, reading, writing and thinking, I like to hear the Voices of Pars.
You know who I'm talking about ....

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United4Iran, Amsterdam, July 25th 2009
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London Speech by Prince Reza Pahlavi
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October 29, Cyrus the Great Day
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Iran: arrests of demonstrators continue
Rafsanjani off the hook ... for now
Student activists: Death to despotism, Death to dictator
In Iran, stoning of women continues
SMCCDI urgent action call
IRI murders Akbar Mohammadi
Terror tactics against union
Pahlavi critical of the West's offer to Iran
Prison as a mirror of society
Hostage takers against hostage taking
Nuke plants in a quake zone
United by their natural rights and their humanity
Knowledge in the hands of the evil-natured man
To whom it may concern
Adonis speaks ...
Where are the billions?
A letter from Iranian students
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Partir, c'est mourir un peu
Follow the money
The policy of doing nothing
Vani is equal to a murder
Under Islamic Law there is murder ...
12 Reasons against nuclear energy for Iran
The Times on 'One man, one vote'
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Prince Reza Pahlavi speaks on CNN
Elections in Iran
Fascism in Islamic countries
Football is ...
Action in Europe
The Iran of Tomorrow Movement
60 or 70 million
A man and a bear

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