The Nightingale in the Garden of Love: The Poems of Hazret-i Pīr-i Üftāde
This is a translation of the spiritual poems of one of the greatest Ottoman Sufi masters, Mehmed Muhyiddin Üftade (1490-1580). Üftade was born and lived in Bursa, a hugely important spiritual centre at the height of the Ottoman Empire. He was founder of one of its main dervish orders, the Jelvetiyye, through the training of his famous disciple, Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi. In addition, Üftade composed a collection of poems, which express his spiritual quest in simple, direct and wonderfully human language, and these are presented here for the first time in English. Paul Ballanfats introduction provides a detailed overview of the main features of Üftades life and teachings, and of his cultural background, where sultans were often affiliated to Sufi orders. Particularly prominent in Üftades teaching was the thought of "the greatest master", Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi, and of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Üftade had a direct spiritual connection with both of these extraordinary men and a great veneration for them.
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The nightingales praise
May He grant us the grace of His Beauty
Let us apply ourselves this day
The fasting moon has returned
The secret hidden within
Surrender your spirit
No other wish
according to Üftåde afﬁliated afﬁrmation of Unity Anatolia angelic realm arrived the month Az¨z Mahm¬d Hüdåy Bahadiro÷lu Bakr Beloved brotherhood Bursa caliphs Celveti Celvetiyye Celvetiyye’nin piri Hz contemplation corporeal nature dervish disciple divine dreams Efendi effacement Em¨r Sultån fasting moon fervent love ﬁnd ﬁrst formula of Unity four stages Friend God’s Haci Bayråm Halveti Halvetiyye heart Hızır Dede Ibid Ibn Arab Ibråh¨m interior invocation invoke the Real Ismail Hakkı Istanbul Kubrå let us invoke light lovers mad with love Marvel master Mathnaw Mehmed Menåkıb mosque muezzin Muhammad Murad III Muslihüdd¨n Najm al-d¨n ocean oh Merciful one’s Ottoman Ottoman Empire pain perfect poor nightingale mad poor Üftåde prayer Prophet puriﬁcation Quran reality reﬂect saint secret consciousness soul speciﬁcations of essence spiritual direction station subtle centres suffering Üftåde Suﬁ Suﬁsm Sultan theophany tidings arrived tion total annihilation Üftåde ve d¨vån’ı union unveiling Üsküdar vision Wåqi¡åt