|The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality|
By Khurram Ali Shafique
The birds of the world set out in search of their king Simorgh whom no one had seen. Only thirty survived the journey through seven valleys to arrive at the palace. When the veils were lifted, each bird saw its own image: in Persian, si means thirty and morgh means bird, hence Simorgh was literally “thirty birds”. The collective ego is achieved when every individual discovers their individuality at the same time.
This story was written as The Conference of the Birds (Mantiqutair) by the great Persian poet Sheikh Fariduddin Attar (who lived around the same time as Nezami Ganjavi). It was a major influence on Rumi as well as Iqbal. The last poem in the Temple of David (Poem 60 of the second chamber), signifying the end of the Garden, is obviously reminiscent of the Simorgh.
I bow down before myself: temple or Kabah are no
The petals of rose and tulip have lost their color
In the workshop that is the world I see no new designs:
The heavenly bodies no longer want to revolve:
They have put up their feet before reaching their
Either the Register of Possibilities has no blank
The five zones of the Garden can be seen as representing "five wisdoms", each explaining a different aspect of reality.