Farīd ud-Dīn Attar Abū Hamīd bin Abū Bakr Ibrāhīm


Illahi Nama (Book of God)


In the Book of God (Ilahi-nama) 'Attar framed his mystical teachings in various stories that a caliph tells his six sons, who are kings themselves and seek worldly pleasures and power.
The first son is captivated by a virgin princess, and his father tells him the adventures of a beautiful and virtuous woman who attracts several men but miraculously survives their abuse and then forgives them. They acknowledge that carnal desire is necessary to propagate the race but also recognize that passionate love can lead to spiritual love, which can annihilate the soul in the beloved.
Other stories indicate the importance of respecting the lives of other creatures such as ants or dogs. One only thinks oneself better than a dog because of one's dog-like nature.
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  • Rookie D'ingeo Giovanni (11/28/2008 1:18:00 AM)

    I like this book, there' s a description of the whole world that in this age we can't find it more. The folks, the words and the real values that we have lost in the name of a forced econonomy to follow as comandament. Read this author is just a trip, very far and in a differnet world. You find yourself with the immensity of the universe and let you understand that - wherever we are - we are in part of the full culture of this world. This is what I think (Report) Reply

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