Kalam Hazrat Ameer Khusrow “Nami Danam Cheh Manzil Bood”
Wazir Dayers is a leading author on Sufism. Below is an exclusive letter to TheSufi.com, which I am printing with compliments.
Dear Brother W,
“I don’t know what place it was, where I was the other night
Victims of the Dance of Slaughter* lay everywhere, where I was the other night
There was a nymph-like Beloved with a cypress-like form and a tulip-like face,
Causing hearts to suffer utter torment**, where I was the other night
Rivals competed with their voices, He was full of coquetry***, and I was filled with fear
It was so difficult to speak, where I was the other night
God Himself presided over the assembly, and Khusrau (or Khusro) was in la makan****
Muhammad (S.A.W.S) was the Burning Candle that lit up the gathering, where I was the other night”
*** In Sufism, a Master often plays the game of “Naz-o-Niyaz”: the Master attracts the mureed in all kinds of ways (= “naz” – “coquetry”) and then pushes him away, in order to increase the mureed’s longing and need for the Master’s Love and attention (“niyaz”) even more. This really is the Sufi version of “playing hard to get”!
**** La makan: this literally means “no place”, or “spaceless space”, i.e. “the Placeless Realm”, the place of the deity, where there is no space and time, a state beyond our conception.