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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
To all you wise, wondrous sages, a reminder from Attar to also be a dullard.
Knowledge requires mind and conceptualization, the parceling out of reality into small pieces that can be thought about and communicated. True merging with the Divine draws us into the unbroken Unity. When the light of this unbroken awareness shines fully, even the sense of a separate self is lost --
that stretched itself out
when the sun
This Wholeness is an awareness that is too great to be comprehended by the limited mind. One naturally falls into the all-encompassing silence of that sacred merging...
ask no questions
of the moth.
In the candle flame
of his face
I have forgotten
all the answers.
"In the way of love / there must be knowledge / and ignorance..." There must be knowledge as we each walk the path, so we can see each step as we take it. But ultimately there must be "ignorance" because, once the last step is taken, nothing can be said about it. Actually, we don't take the final step, it takes us. Who is left then to speak or to know? What is left to know anything about? It is the step that swallows the universe into Oneness and leaves us dumbfounded.
Attar's advice: Become both a dullard and a sage, and go mad with love!
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