Conference of the Birds: A Seeker's Journey to God

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Weiser Books, Oct 15, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 72 pages
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First written in the 12th century, Conference of the Birds is an allegory of extreme measures for extreme times -- the story of birds seeking a king is the story of all of us seeking God. Like the birds, we may be excited for the journey, until we realize that we must give up our fears and hollow desires, that our journey will be long and hard. Like the duck, we may not wish to leave the water. Like the nightingale, we may want to stay close to our roses.

Direct and to the point, Masani's translation, made in the early part of the 19th century, is particularly apropos for our early 21st century times -- both are periods of intense spiritual seeking.

  

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Contents

The Parliament of the Birds I
3
On to theSoundof the Waste On to the City of God15
15
A Saints Dream
21
The Magic Cup of Joseph
27
The Valley of the Quest
33
Mahmud and the RagPickcr
34
The Beloved Who Found Her Lover in the Arms of Morpheus
40
Advice Given to a Shaykh by a Woman
46
The Assemblage of Butterflies in Search of the Candle
52
A Brief Memoir of the Poet Fariduddin Attar
61
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Andrew Harvey is the author of "Son of Man" (named one of "Publishers Weekly's" Best Books of 1998) & the bestsellers "The Journey to Ladakh" & "Hidden Journey". With Sogyal Rinpoche, he coauthored "The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying". He lives with his husband, photographer Eryk Hanut, in Nevada near the Mojave Desert.

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