More GRIMUS related rants...
- I finally finished Farid Ud-Din Attar's `The Conference of the
Birds.' This poem, as I explained in an earlier post, was the
inspiration and basis for Rushdie's first novel, `GRIMUS'
(a tradition Rushdie continued by utilizing another spiritual
poem, Omar Al Khayyam's `Rubaiyat,' as a backdrop for his
I sat dumbstruck after completing the poem, not quite sure how I
had overlooked this wonderful piece of literature in my spiritual
studies of years past. Early in my reading I found portions of the
poem tedious and redundant and I half expected to browse
through it with some level of indifference. I rolled my eyes
whenever I read stories of `infidels' or the mention of
`inferior' religions, and set the book aside for days after
reading exclamations about the `one true faith.' In the end
though,I wondered if Attar had even written those passages, or if
translation, editing, or political agenda may have played a role in
the text's modification (as is often the case with scripture or
ancient spiritual writings.) This rigid dogmatic aspect seemed
totally unbecoming of a work of such high spiritual substance.
Ultimately though, the plot, the conclusion, and the message of
`The Conference of The Birds' supercedes any instance of
religious rigidity and presents a wonderful tale of seeking the
highest spiritual knowledge and wisdom.