By 'Arifi,Paul Smith

The ebook of Ecstasy
or… The Ball & Polo-stick via ‘Arifi

Translation & creation Paul Smith

Written through Maulana Mahmud ‘Arifi (1389 – 1449) one of the final nice Sufi poets of the Classical interval of Persian Poetry the Hal-nama or ‘Book of Ecstasy’ sometimes called ‘The Ball & Polo-stick’ an allegory during which the ball and the polo-stick are personified as different types of Sufi mystical love and all of the pictures are from the sport of polo or because it used to be identified on the time in Persia as chaugan. ‘Arifi composed it, as he states within the epilogue of the 513 couplets masnavi… in weeks in 1439 while he was once fifty. of their creation to their first-class literal translation of this poem Wheeler M. Thackston, Jr. and Hossein Ziai kingdom: ‘The underlying subject matter of ‘Arifi’s paintings is self-sacrificing love, a conceptualization that was once derived from the Sufi perfect of affection, this love not just by way of definition is unrequited but additionally calls for the last word loss of life of the sweetheart. by way of mystical speculative philosophy, the “death” of the sweetheart is the annihilation of selfhood and self-awareness, or ego-consciousness, or, in different phrases, the whole absorption of the lover’s personal attention of self into that of the liked. at the only mystical point, this represents the annihilation of the person soul, the sweetheart, into the godhead, the beloved.’ this can be the 1st translation within the poetic kind of the masnavi. The creation comprises chapters at the lifestyles & instances of ‘Arifi, the sport of Polo, Polo in Persian & Sufi Poetry, The Masnavi in Persian Poetry and a specific Bibliography. 3 Appendixes: A Literal Translation by way of R.S. Greenshields, The Persian textual content, and at the Buzkashi. huge structure 7” x 10” Pages 226


“It isn't a joke... the English model of all of the ghazals of Hafiz is a brilliant feat and of paramount significance. ” Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi (Dr. of Literature) Tehran.
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“I was once very inspired with the great thing about those books.” Dr. R.K. Barz. college of Asian reports, Australian nationwide University.

Paul Smith is a poet, writer and translator of over one hundred thirty books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashtu and different languages together with Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, ‘Attar, Sana’i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Mu’in, Amir Khusrau, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Shah Latif, Bulleh Shah etc, and his personal poetry, fiction, performs, biographies, children’s books and screenplays.

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