Friday, October 23, 2009

Favorite Quotes from Bab 'Aziz: The Prince who Contemplated his Soul

Calligraphy on Roof, from Bab Aziz the Movie1.
The people of this world are like the three butterflies
in front of a candle's flame.

The first one went closer and said:
I know about love.

The second one touched the flame
lightly with his wings and said:
I know how love's fire can burn.

The third one threw himself into the heart of the flame
and was consumed. He alone knows what true love is.

Sweep with your soul,
before your beloved's door.
Only then will you become her lover.

But where is this gathering?
- I don't know, my little angel.
But do the others know?
- No, they don't know either.
How can you go to a gathering without knowing where it is?
- It suffices to walk, just walk. Those who are invited will find the way.

Is it true that they come from everywhere?
Yes, from everywhere.
From farther away than us?
A lot farther. Some go across the mountains,
others go across the sea.
And we go across the desert -
Yes, we go across desert.

Baba Aziz! This is not the way!
You know the way, little angel?
But the others all go the other way!
Everyone has his own way, Ishtar.

"There are as many paths to God as there are souls on Earth."
- hadith

Baba Aziz, let him come to the gathering with us!
He's already with us, little angel.
But he's no dervish, Baba Aziz.
Who knows... Everyone in this great world has a task to fulfill.
The rest is not so important, as long as you don't forget that.
But if you remember everything except that,
it's as if you didn't know anything.

Keep your breath for walking,
you'll need it, little angel.

Only those who are not in love see their own reflection.

He who has faith will never get lost, my little angel.
He who is at peace won't lost his way.

"It is less cold when you talk"
- Ishtar to Bab 'Aziz

“If the baby in the darkness of its mother’s womb were told: “Outside there is a world of life , with high mountains, great seas, undulating planes, beautiful gardens in blossom, a sky full of stars, and a blazing sun … And you, facing all these marvels, stay enclosed in this darkness …” The unborn child, knowing nothing about these marvels, would not believe any of these. Like us, when we are facing death. That’s why we’re afraid.

- But there can’t be light in death because it‘s the end of everything.

- How can death be end of something that doesn’t have a beginning? Hassan, my son, don’t be sad at my wedding night.

- Your wedding night?

- Yes. My marriage with eternity.”

Where will the gathering take place?
I don't know, even Grandfather doesn't know!
Besides, no one needs to know.
And how will you go there?
It suffices to walk, just walk...
But what if we get lost?
He who has faith will never get lost.
Everyone uses his most precious gift to find his way.
Sing, my son, and the way will be shown to you.

My son, don't be satisfied with a drop of water.
You have to throw yourself into His stream.

You'd think he's contemplating his image at the bottom of the water.
Maybe it's not his image. Only those who are not in love see their own reflection.
So what does he see?
He's contemplating his soul.

He's mad, he's just a madman (deewana)!
Who's mad?
The madman is not always the one who we believe is mad.

O, day, arise! The atoms are dancing.
The souls are dancing, overcome with ecstasy.
I’ll whisper in your ear
Where their dance is taking them…
All the atoms in the air and in the desert
Know well, they seem insane.
Every single atom, happy or miserable,
Becomes enamored in the sun,
Of which nothing can be said.

Joyous is the time
when we two are united.
You and I.

Two distinct forms, but one single soul,
You and I.
Forgetful you and me,
Joyous of the same joy.
calm and free of vain words,
You and I.

So, what happened to the prince?
The prince contemplated his soul so much
that he left the visible world
for the invisible one.

Note: the movie uses some of the poetic work of Mevlana Rumi, Quranic wisdom as well that from the sayings attributed to Prophet Muhammad (s).

# Resources:
. Bab 'Aziz
. Watch Online | Bab 'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul Pin It Now!