Saadi Shirazi

[Sa'di] (1814-1291 / Iran)

Saadi Shirazi Poems

1. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 63 1/1/2004
2. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 55 1/1/2004
3. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 57 1/1/2004
4. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 71 1/1/2004
5. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 62 1/1/2004
6. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 75 1/1/2004
7. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 51 1/1/2004
8. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 52 1/1/2004
9. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 66 1/1/2004
10. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 60 1/1/2004
11. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 69 1/1/2004
12. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 65 1/1/2004
13. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 73 1/1/2004
14. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 61 1/1/2004
15. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 72 1/1/2004
16. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 74 1/1/2004
17. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 64 1/1/2004
18. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 67 1/1/2004
19. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 54 1/1/2004
20. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 68 1/1/2004
21. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 76 1/1/2004
22. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 59 1/1/2004
23. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 58 1/1/2004
24. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 70 1/1/2004
25. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 53 1/1/2004
26. Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 28 1/1/2004
27. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 78 1/1/2004
28. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Admonition 12 1/1/2004
29. Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 13 1/1/2004
30. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 80 1/1/2004
31. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 81 1/1/2004
32. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 79 1/1/2004
33. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Story 01 1/1/2004
34. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 77 1/1/2004
35. Conclusion 1/1/2004
36. Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 06 1/1/2004
37. Ch 05 On Love And Youth Story 20 1/1/2004
38. Ch 08 On Rules For Conduct In Life - Maxim 82 1/1/2004
39. Ch 07 On The Effects Of Education Story 06 1/1/2004
40. Ch 02 The Morals Of Dervishes Story 20 1/1/2004

Comments about Saadi Shirazi

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (8/12/2016 6:16:00 AM)

    At the entrance to the Hall of Nations in New York, the following verse by Saadi can be read - a call for breaking all barriers:

    Of one Essence is the human race,
    Thusly has Creation put the Base;
    One Limb impacted is sufficient,
    For all Others to feel the Mace.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (8/12/2016 6:13:00 AM)

    Saadi was born in Shiraz around 1200. He died in Shiraz around 1292. He lost his father in early childhood. With the help of his uncle, Saadi completed his early education in Shiraz. Later he was sent to study in Baghdad at the renowned Nezamiyeh College, where he acquired the traditional learning of Islam.

    The unsettled conditions following the Mongol invasion of Persia led him to wander abroad through Anatolia, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq. He also refers in his work to travels in India and Central Asia. Saadi is very much like Marco Polo who traveled in the region from 1271 to 1294. There is a difference, however, between the two. While Marco Polo gravitated to the potentates, Saadi mingled with the ordinary survivors of the Mongol holocaust. He sat in remote teahouses late into the night and exchanged views with merchants, farmers, preachers, wayfarers, thieves, and Sufi mendicants. For twenty years or more, he continued the same schedule of preaching, advising, learning, honing his sermons, and polishing them into gems illuminating the wisdom and foibles of his people.

    When he reappeared in his native Shiraz he was an elderly man. Shiraz, under Atabak Abubakr Sa'd ibn Zangy (1231-60) was enjoying an era of relative tranquility. Saadi was not only welcomed to the city but was respected highly by the ruler and enumerated among the greats of the province. In response, Saadi took his nom de plume from the name of the local prince, Sa'd ibn Zangi, and composed some of his most delightful panegyrics as an initial gesture of gratitude in praise of the ruling house and placed them at the beginning of his Bostan. He seems to have spent the rest of his life in Shiraz.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (8/12/2016 6:12:00 AM)

    His best known works are the Bostan (The Orchard) and the Golestan (The Rose Garden) . The Bostan is entirely in verse (epic metre) and consists of stories aptly illustrating the standard virtues recommended to Muslims (justice, liberality, modesty, contentment) as well as of reflections on the behaviour of dervishes and their ecstatic practices. The Golestan is mainly in prose and contains stories and personal anecdotes. The text is interspersed with a variety of short poems, containing aphorisms, advice, and humorous reflections. Saadi demonstrates a profound awareness of the absurdity of human existence. The fate of those who depend on the changeable moods of kings is contrasted with the freedom of the dervishes.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (8/12/2016 6:12:00 AM)

    For Western students the Bostan and Golestan have a special attraction; but Saadi is also remembered as a great panegyrist and lyricist, the author of a number of masterly general odes portraying human experience, and also of particular odes such as the lament on the fall of Baghdad after the Mongol invasion in 1258. His lyrics are to be found in Ghazaliyat (Lyrics) and his odes in Qasa'id (Odes) . He is also known for a number of works in Arabic. The peculiar blend of human kindness and cynicism, humour, and resignation displayed in Saadi's works, together with a tendency to avoid the hard dilemma, make him, to many, the most typical and lovable writer in the world of Iranian culture.

  • D.l. Aceves D.l. Aceves (4/19/2014 12:09:00 AM)

    Someone please fix the date. He was born c.1212 not 1814.

Best Poem of Saadi Shirazi

Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 01

I heard a padshah giving orders to kill a prisoner. The helpless
fellow began to insult the king on that occasion of despair, with
the tongue he had, and to use foul expressions according to the
saying:

Who washes his hands of life
Says whatever he has in his heart.

When a man is in despair his tongue becomes long and he is like a
vanquished cat assailing a dog.

In time of need, when flight is no more possible,
The hand grasps the point of the sharp sword.

When the king asked what he was saying, a good-natured ...

Read the full of Ch 01 Manner Of Kings Story 01

Introductory 01

Laudation to the God of majesty and glory! Obedience to him is a cause of approach and gratitude in increase of benefits. Every inhalation of the breath prolongs life and every expiration of it gladdens our nature; wherefore every breath confers two benefits and for every benefit gratitude is due.

Whose hand and tongue is capable
To fulfil the obligations of thanks to him?

Words of the most high: Be thankful, O family of David, and but few of my servants are thankful.

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