Jan 20 2012

Mahsati Ganjavi – The Pathway Finally Opened

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The Pathway Finally Opened
by Mahsati Ganjavi

English version by David and Sabrineh Fideler

When my heart came to rule
in the world of love,
it was freed
from both belief
and from disbelief.

On this journey,
I found the problem
to be myself.

When I went beyond myself,
the pathway finally opened.

— from Love’s Alchemy: Poems from the Sufi Tradition, Translated by David Fideler / Translated by Sabrineh Fideler

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When I went beyond myself,
the pathway finally opened.

Says it all, doesn’t it?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mahsati Ganjavi, Mahsati Ganjavi poetry, Muslim / Sufi poetry Mahsati Ganjavi

Azerbaijan (12th Century) Timeline
Muslim / Sufi

Mahsati Ganjavi (also written Ganja’i or Ganjevi) lived during the 12th century, born in Ganje, Azerbaijan. Her poetry was a strong voice against prejudice and hypocrisy and patriarchy, while upholding love — both human and divine.

She was celebrated at the court of Sultan Sanjar for her rubaiyat (quatrains), but later persecuted for her courageous stand against overly dogmatic religion and arbitrary male dominance.

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5 Responses to “Mahsati Ganjavi – The Pathway Finally Opened”

  1. Michael Skeldingon 20 Jan 2012 at 12:47 pm

    The only God I know
    is love.
    The only prayer
    for me.
    Is that this simple thought
    should spread,
    through all humanity.
    The only time we have
    is now.
    Now is the time
    to see.
    This linking love
    in everyone
    as our divinity.
    But life is life
    and love is love
    and sense inside of me,
    cannot equate
    the fanciful
    with harsh reality.

  2. Sharonon 21 Jan 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This poem so spoke to me as we all know the truth of it’s words when we finally get out of our own way.

    “As if we have been given the gift of our own transparency.”

  3. madhupranaon 22 Jan 2012 at 8:25 am

    dear Ivan, I never read any of her’s poem before and I really loved it…

  4. Karenon 26 Jan 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I am so grateful for the women’s voices that you bring to my awareness, culling them from a history that often buries them out of sight. Thank you.

  5. prernaon 29 Jan 2012 at 10:05 am


    It was beautiful exchange of love whic is eternal.

    I would like to pen down few lines :

    Sab hain jab aashiq tumhare naam ke,

    kyun yeh zagde hain Rahimo, Raam ke?????????????

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