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perfection and wisdom, he was exceedingly rejoiced and
happy, and recited this tetrastich : —

«In the kabah and the fire-temple the perfect saint performed his

And found no trace of any existence (save that of God);
As the splendor of the Almighty sheds its rays in every place,
Knock thou either at the door of the kabah or the portals of the


After this interview, he became the diligent follower of
Kaivdn, and resorted to the disciples of the Master of all

Mir Abulkasim Fandaraski also, through his intercourse
with Kaivfin's disciples, became an adorer of the sun, re-
fraining from cruelty toward all living creatures. It is
well known that being once asked, " Why doest not thou
in obedience to the law go on the pilgrimage to Mecca ? *'
He replied : " I go not on this account, as I must there
slaughter a sheep with my own hand.^' At present the
author proceeds to describe with the pen of truth a sum-
mary of the institutes of the Amezisk, ^^ intercourse,'^ held
by the Abadian Durveshes with society. Those who adopt
this rule call it the Am'bzish-i-JFarhang-, or ^^ the intercourse
of science,*' and Af^zchar^ or *^ Stranger's remedy." When
a stranger to their faith is introduced to one of their as-
semblies, far from addressing harsh observations to him,
they pass eulogiums on his tenets, approve whatever he
says, and do not omit to lavish on him every mark of at-
tention and respect : this conduct proceeds from the funda-
mental article of their creed, as they are convinced that in
every mode of belief, its followers may come to God : nay,
if those of a different faith should present them a request
respecting some object about which they disagree, that is,
solicit some act by which they may approach God, they
do not withhold their compliance. They do not enjoin a
person to abandon his actual profession of faith, as they
account it unnecessary to give him useless pain of mind.
Moreover when any one is engaged in concerns with them,
they withhold not their aid from his society and support,
but practice toward him to the utmost extent of their
ability, whatever is most praiseworthy in this world and


the next: they are also on their guard against indulging in
sentiments of prejudice, hatred, envy, malice, giving pre-
eminence to one faith above another, or adopting one creed
in preference to another. They also esteem the learned,
the Durvishes, the pure of life, the worshipers of God in
every religion, as their trusty friends ; neither styling the
generality of mankind wicked, nor holding worldly-minded
persons in abhorrence : they observe, " what business has
he who desires not this world's goods to abhor the world?'*
for the sentiment of abhorrence can proceed from the en-
vious alone. They neither communicate their secrets to
strangers, nor reveal what another communicates to them.
A person named Alihrdb was among the disciples who
followed the son of Farhad, in the year of the Hegira
1047 (A. D. 1637) ; the author, who was then in Kashmir,
thus heard from Muhammad F;'il Hasiri : *^ I once beheld
Mihrab standing in the high road, at the moment when a
Khorasinian, seizing on an old man by force, obliged him
to labor for him without recompense, and placed a heavy
burden on his head : at this Mihrab's heart so burned within
him, that he said to the Khoras^nian, ^ Withdraw thy hand
from this old man, that I may bear the burden whither-
soever thou desirest.* The Khorasdnian was astonished,
but Mihriib, without paying any farther attention to this,
took the poor man's load on his head, and went along
with his unjust oppressor, and on his return from that per-
son's house showed no symptoms of fatigue. On my ob-
serving to him, * This oppressor has heaped affliction on a
holy priest and judge like thee ! '* he replied, ^ What could
a helpless person do? the load must be conveyed to his
house, and he was unable to place it on his shoulders, as
it was unbecoming for him; nor was he able to give money
(which is difficult to be procured) in payment of his labor;
he of course seized on some one to perform his work. I
applaud him for granting my request, and feel grateful to
the old man for complying with my wishes, sufTering me
to take his place, and transferring his employment to my-
self.* ** Hafiz of Shiraz thus expresses himself: —

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