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Attar, Fariduddin - Looking for your own face

Identifier

015216

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Looking for your own face

Your face is neither infinite nor ephemeral.
You can never see your own face,
only a reflection, not the face itself.
So you sigh in front of mirrors
and cloud the surface.
It's better to keep your breath cold.
Hold it, like a diver does in the ocean.
One slight movement, the mirror-image goes.
Don't be dead or asleep or awake.
Don't be anything.
What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you'll be that.

Translated by: Coleman Barks

The source of the experience

Attar, Fariduddin

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Breath
Mirror

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Contemplation and detachment

Commonsteps

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