Symbols of the world's religions



Part 1

Meher Baba

Hafiz evidently refers to the first plane when he says:

Kas nadanist kih manzilgah-I maqsud kujast
In qadar hast kih bang-I jarasi miayad.

"It is not known where the real abode of the Divine Beloved is; only this much is clear, that I hear the sound of bells (from the travelling caravans)."

Hafiz evidently refers to the second plane when he says:

Ciguyamat kih bimaykhanih dush mast o kharab
Surush-I 'alam-I ghaybam cih muzhdilha dadast?

"How should I reveal to you that last night in the tavern, intoxicated and unsteady as I was, great good tidings were brought to me by the angel of the hidden world?"

Hafiz refers to the third plane in the following words:

Cih rah mizanad in mutrib-I muqam shinas
Kih dar miyan-I ghazals qul-I ashina avard.

"What perturbation and distress this musician with knowledge of (spiritual) states and stages is causing the listeners (lovers), by interpolating in the midst of his performance the words of the Divine Beloved."

The stage between third and fourth planes....

Hafiz no doubt thinks of this stage of the pilgrim when he says:

Mastam kun an cunan kih nadanam zi bikhvudi
Dar'arsih khiyal kih amad kudam raft.

"Make me so dazed and intoxicated that, on account of this state of forgetfulness, I should be oblivious of what came into my mind and of what passed out of it."


GOD SPEAKS, 1st Indian ed, pp. 202-204
1973 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.


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