The Enclosed Garden of Truth book
The Enclosed Garden of Truth book

The Enclosed Garden of Truth by Hakim Abu L Majd Madud Sanai Of Ghazna
The Enclosed Garden of Truth
Author: Hakim Abu L Majd Madud Sanai Of Ghazna
Number of Pages: 148 pages
Published Date: 05 May 2011
Publisher: Theophania Publishing
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
Type: PDF
ISBN: 9781926842578
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Abu'l-Majd Majdud b. Adam Sana'i was born at Ghazna, and lived in the reign of Bahramshah (A.H. 512 to 548, A.D. 1118 to 1152). Ouseley says of him that he "while yet young became one of the most learned, devout, and excellent men of the age which he adorned. His praise was on every tongue; for, in addition to his accomplishments in the Sufi philosophy, he possessed a kind and benevolent heart, delightful manners, and a fine taste for poetry . . . . Sanai in early life retired from the world and its enjoyments, and the reason for his doing so is supposed to have arisen from the following circumstance. "He had frequented the courts of kings and princes, and celebrated their virtue and generous actions. When Sultan Ibrahim of Ghazni determined upon attacking the infidel idolaters of India, Hakim Sanai composed a poem in his praise, and was hurrying to the court to present it before that monarch's departure. There was at that time in Ghazni a madman known as Lai Khur (the ox eater), who often in his incoherent wanderings uttered sentiments and observations worthy of a sounder head piece; he was addicted to drinking wine, and frequented the bath. It so happened that Sanai, in passing a garden, heard the notes of a song, and stopped to listen. After some time the singer, who was Lai Khur, addressing the cup bearer, said, 'Saki, fill a bumper, that I may drink to the blindness of our Sultan, Ibrahim.' The Saki remonstrated and said it was wrong to wish that so just a king should become blind. The madman answered that he deserved blindness for his folly in leaving so fine a city as Ghazni, which required his presence and care, to go on a fool's errand in such a severe winter. Lai Khur then ordered the Saki to fill another cup, that he might drink to the blindness of Hakim Sanai. The cup bearer still more strongly remonstrated against this, urging the universally esteemed character of the poet, whom everyone loved and respected. The madman contended that Sanai merited the malediction even more than the king, for with all his science and learning, he yet appeared ignorant of the purposes for which the Almighty had created him; and when he shortly came before his Maker, and was asked what he brought with him, he could only produce panegyrics on kings and princes, mortals like himself. These words made so deep an impression on the sensitive mind of the pious philosopher, that he secluded himself from the world forthwith, and gave up all the luxuries and vanities of courts."

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