"Tomb of Farid al-Din Attar (1)" Neyshabur Things to Do Tip by Behi
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Farid al-Din Attar the poet, scholar mystic & Pharmacist was born in Neyshabur in 1142 & killed by Mongol invaders in 1221, buried in Shadiakh area.
Attar means herbalist, druggist, perfumist, pharmacist.
Attar is one of the most famous mystic poets of Iran.
Attar works along with Sanai were the inspiration of Mollana(=Rumi) and many other mystic poets. Mollana praises Attar as such:
Attar roamed the seven valleys of love -- We are still just in one alley.
Attar was soul & Sanaei was his eyes--we came after Attar & Sanaei.
Attar's Seven Valleys of Love:
The Valley of Quest
The Valley of Love
The Valley of Understanding
The Valley of Independence and Detachment
The Valley of Unity
The Valley of Astonishment and Bewilderment
The Valley of Deprivation and Death
Asrar Nameh (Book of Secrets) about Sufi ideas.
Elahi Nameh (Divine Book), about zohd or asceticism.
Manteq al-Tayr (Conference of the Birds)
Tadhkirat al-Auliya (The Memorial of the Saints).
A traditional story is told about Attar's death :
He was taken prisoner by a Mongol during the invasion of Neyshabur. Someone soon came and tried to ransom Attar with a thousand pieces of silver. Attar advised the Mongol not to sell him for that price. The Mongol, thinking to gain an even greater sum of money, refused the silver. Later, another person came, this time offering only a sack of straw to free Attar. Attar then told the Mongol to sell him for that was all he was worth. Outraged at being made a fool, the Mongol cut off Attar's head.
Whether or not this is literally true isn't the point. This story is used to teach the mystical insight that the personal self isn't of much real worth. What is valuable is the Beloveds presence within us and that presence isn't threatened by the death of the body.
Directions: southeast of Neyshabur, in Shadiakh area, in the same garden where tomb of Kamal ol-Molk is located.
about 1km west of Khayyam.