Conference Of The Birds
||Synopsis of 'The Conference of the
It is a story poem about thousands of birds who set out to
find a King for their Kingdom. They cross seven valleys and each
valley has a different name and significance. Some birds give up, some
die, some decide to return, and many make excuses.
Finally, thirty birds make it through the journey, and when they
reach the end they realize that the King or Simurgh they came to look
for is merely a reflection of themselves!
In Farsi (the Persian language), "si" means thirty and "murgh"
means bird, so... Fariduddin Attar the author, very cleverly named the
Therefore, thirty birds meet thirty birds and realize that we are
all part of a whole. So, God is in us and we are in God, we are not
separate from God. This is a very basic Sufi belief.
Note: One of my favorite story poems, The Conference of the Birds
was written by Fariduddin Attar. You can find a translation online or
at a bookstore.