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his victory at Girdun, his defeat of AH Yakah, and such
like

In short he entered the service of the great philosopher
Azar Kaivdn and his eminent disciples, being associated
with them in the doctrine of self-knowledge ; from the com-
mencement of night to the rise of the world-illuminating
sun, he slept in the attitude of Murdah Khasp. Now the
terms Murdah Khab, Murdap Khasp, and Sd6n6s, are terms
applied by the Sipasian to the following mode of sleeping:
the devotee rests (having thrown his legs beneath him) on
his knees, pressing to the ground both heels as far as the
great toe : and applying the extremities of the knees to the
earth, he keeps his seat on the same ; he is then to lie on his
back, keeping the points of his fingers on his head ; after
this, he is to look intently between the eyebrows, and carry
into practice the Uabs-i-dam, or imprisonment of the



64 THE DABISTAN

breath. The Durvesh Subahani, one of the great Sufees,
used to say: "Such was the sleep of the prophets,'* They
also say : " The prophets of old used to sleep on their
backs, with their faces directed toward the Heavens: ** which
is the same as the position before described. Hoshyar had
attained to the power of suppressing the breath for one
watch (three hours). Shaikh Saadi says: —

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Hoshyar was not scrupulous about what he ate ; never
turning away his face from whatever was set before him :
he, however, most diligently shunned the practice of cruelty
to living creatures, and avoided superfluities and excess of
every description. Hafiz of Shiraz on this head says : —

^* Addict not thyself to cruel pursuits, and do whatever else thou
pleasest ;
As in our law there is no sin except that of cruelty.**

In the year of the Hegira 1050 (A. D. 1640) he was
delivered fron the bondage of body in the capital named
Akbar Abad. The Mobed says : —




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