The Mystic Rose Garden (Gulshan-i Raz)

Mahmud Shabistari (1288–1340)
translated by E.H. Whinfield

This summit of Persian mystical poetry was written about 1311 in response to seventeen queries posed by “the Sufi literati of Tabriz”. Following the links below you can access an excerpt of one of the sections, the remarkable introduction-synopsis by the translator, or the full work, including the Persian text.

Go sweep out the chamber of your heart.
Make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved.
When you depart out, He will enter in,
In you, void of yourself, will He display His beauties.

Section 5—“Who is the understanding one who is a knower?”

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