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Shabistari's Secret Rose Garden (1317 A.D.) must be reckoned among the greatest mystical poetry of any time or land. Treating such themes as the Self and the One, The Spiritual Journey, Time and this Dream-World, and the ecstasy of Divine Inebriation, Shabistari's work is a perennial witness to the capabilities and destiny of humanity. Stressing the One Light that exists at the heart of all religious traditions, Shabistari's work is one of the clearest and most concise guides to the inner meaning of Sufism, and offers a stunningly direct exposition of Sufi mystical thought in poetic form:"I" and "you" are but the lattices, in the niches of a lamp, through which the One Light shines."I" and "you" are the veil between heaven and earth; lift this veil and you will see no longer the bonds of sects and creeds.When "I" and "you" do not exist, what is mosque, what is synagogue? what is the Temple of Fire?

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Shabistari (c. 1250 c. 1320) was a Persian Sufi poet from Tabriz.

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  • The world is an imaginary figure,a diffused shadow of the Infinite;one breath created the worlds of commandand all living things.  As they appear to come forth, so they appear to go,though there is no real coming and going.

  • Drink wine! for the bowl is the face of the Friend.Drink wine! for the cup is his eye, drunken and flown with wine.Drink wine! and be free from cold-heartedness,for a drunkard is better than the self-satisfied.

  • Both love and knowledge are required, for without knowledge it is possible to lose your way; and without the power of love it is impos- sible to get off the ground.

  • Rûmî, Ibn ‘Arabî, and Shabistarî are not philosophers, theologians, or theo- reticians, but individuals who tasted or were burnt by the Truth of Certainty, and who were permanenty changed by that encounter.

  • Annihilation, intoxication, the fever of loveare the three states of the mystic,and those who abide in these statesat once comprehend the meaningsveiled in these words.

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The Secret Rose Garden - Mahmud Shabistari

The Secret

Rose Garden

Mahmud Shabistari


Florence Lederer


David Fideler

Phanes Press


PO Box 6114

Grand Rapids, MI 49516


© 2002 by Phanes Press, Inc.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, with the exception of short excerpts used in reviews, without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Shabistari, Mahmud ibn ‘Abd al-Karim, d. ca. 1320.

[Gulshan-i ruz. English]

The secret rose garden / Mahmud Shabistari; rendered from the

Persian by Florence Lederer; edited and introduced by David


p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 1-890482-94-3 (alk. paper)

1. Sufism—Poetry. I. Lederer, Florence.

II. Fideler, David R., 1961– III. Title

PK6549.S44 G813 2002




Foreword by Florence Lederer

Introduction by David Fideler

PART I: The Perfect Face of the Beloved

PART II: Beauty

PART III: The Sea and Its Pearls

PART IV: The Journey

PART V: Time and this Dream World

PART VI: Reflections

PART VII: Divine Inebriation

PART VIII: Reason and Free Will

PART IX: Man: His Capabilities and Destiny

PART X: The One

PART XI: The Self

PART XII: Idols, Girdles, and Christianity

PART XIII: Thoughts

PART XIV: The Light Manifest



The Art and Message of Shabistarî

READERS of Sufi poetry for the first time are liable to be amazed, perhaps even repelled, by the extravagant language, by the mystic's familiarity with God, by the apparent disregard of all human and divine laws. But on further examination the wonder of the Sufis' love for their Beloved shines out with a clear intensity, a beautiful and luminous brightness.

They are in love with the One, and their love takes the form of exquisite songs of praise and wonder:

I heard entranced; my spirit rushed to meet

love's welcome order, for the voice was sweet.

Love is the Sufis' theme—divine, eternal Love—and into this sea of Love they cast themselves headlong.

Rumi sings:

Moths, burnt by the torch of the Beloved's face,

are the lovers who linger in the sanctuary.

If we are called madmen or drunkards,

it's because of the Cupbearer and the Cup.

Because my mouth has eaten of His sweetmeats

in a clear vision I can see Him face to face.

Sufi Symbolism

In reading the enraptured poetry of the Sufis, it should be borne in mind that, though the symbols of earthly love and beauty are freely used, the real meaning is left concealed. No doubt this was originally done to keep secret their mystic love, lest the profane should scoff. But as time went on certain words began to have a recognized meaning amongst themselves. For instance:

The BELOVED is God, or sometimes a human mirror of God.

EMBRACES and KISSES are raptures of love.

SLEEP is contemplation, PERFUME the wish for divine favor.

IDOLATERS mean men of the pure faith, not infidels.

WINE, which was forbidden by Muhammad to his followers, was used as a symbol by the Sufis to denote spiritual knowledge, and the WINE-SELLER means the spiritual guide.

A TAVERN is a place where the wine of divine love inebriates the pilgrim.

INTOXICATION mean religious ecstasy, MIRTH the joy in the love of God.

BEAUTY means the glory of the Beloved.

CURLS and TRESSES mean plurality veiling the face of Unity from its lovers.

The CHEEK means the divine essence of Names and qualities.

The DOWN is the world of pure spirits, which is nearest to divinity.

The MOLE on the cheek is the point of indivisible Unity.

The TORCH is the light kindled in the heart by the Beloved.

We thus see that to the Sufi the love between

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