Omid Safi – Sufi Heart – Ep. 12 – The Conference of the Birds

“The totality of ‘The Conference of the Birds’ is built around a pun. Where the birds who complete the path come to see themselves as a reflection of the divine. Attar already tells us at the beginning about this punchline. That we set on the path having been told the ultimate mystery, that we are reflections of God. Yet when we come to the end of the path, we realize ,with surprise, that we are in fact the reflections of God.” – Dr. Omid Safi


In this episode of the Sufi Heart Podcast, Omid shares the celebrated literary masterpiece “The Conference of the Birds” from Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar.

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  1. Conference of Birds All our Pirs have in most of the Ginans which they have composed ,have enlightened us on this subject matter ,Braham Prakash immediately comes to mind.This is purely a layman’s expression and as such he is very primitively and in a very minuscule either undergone or exposed to this beautiful path ,Mansur Al- Halaj was a master who achieved great heights along with many others.


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