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Mahmood Shabistari was a 14th century Persian Sufi poet who lived in an age that saw both the Mongol invasions and a flourishing of Sufism. During this era in Persia “Islam was established on a Sufi foundation”—Leonard Lewisohn. This time gave birth to other great Sufi poets, such as Jalaluddin Rumi who lived several decades earlier.
Shabistari's most acclaimed work is Gulshan-i raz or Secret Rose Garden, which explores the central themes of Sufism.
“I” and “you” are but the lattices,
in the niches of a lamp,
through which the One Light shines.
“I” and “you” are the veil
between heaven and earth;
lift this veil and you will see
no longer the bonds of sects and creeds.
When “I” and “you” do not exist,
what is mosque, what is synagogue?
what is the Temple of Fire? —Shabistari
If there were no janitors
The world would be filled with dust. —Shabistari