The Master and the Disciple by Abu Mo’in Hamid ad-Din Nasir ibn Khusraw al-Qubadiani

The master turned
my night into broad daylight
with proofs as clear as
radiant sunlight.

Since he made me
drink from the water of life,
death has become quite
insignificant to me.

When I looked
from the corner of his eye,
I saw the earth rotating
beneath my feet.

He showed me
the visible and hidden worlds,
both located in one place,
my own body.

I saw the two
guardians of paradise and hell
inhabiting the same place,
my own breast.

He pointed to one
who is the keeper of paradise
and said to me: “I am
his disciple.”

I saw eight gates,
closed in the same place,
and seven other gates open,
one above the other.

He said to me:
“If you wish to enter a gate,
you have to obtain his
permission first.”

When I asked him
to explain the secret to me,
he recited its story from
beginning to end.

The master said:
“He is the lord of the time,
chosen by God from
men and jinns.”

From: http://www.amaana.org/ISWEB/ismpoet2.htm

Date: 11th century (original in Persian); 1997 (translation in English)

By: Abu Mo’in Hamid ad-Din Nasir ibn Khusraw al-Qubadiani (1004-1088)

Translated by: Faquir Muhammad Hunzai (19??- )

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