looking through the sufi prism

The fact that so many famous Sufis in history have used astrological information in their poetry or other writings demonstrates that they were not only aware of the significance of astrological knowledge but also made an effort to highlight it through their works in order to educate the general public about its significance. Some of these have been cited as references for our readers. (Note: More references will be added in the coming days.)

MAWLANA JALAL AL DIN MOHAMMAD RUMI

Tonight is a night of union for the stars and of scattering,
scattering, since a bride is coming from the skies, consisting of a full moon.
Venus cannot contain herself for charming melodies, like the
nightingale which becomes intoxicated with the rose in spring-time.
See how the polestar is ogling Leo;
behold what dust Pisces is stirring up drom the deep!
Jupiter has galloped his steed against ancient Saturn, saying
“Take back your youth and go, bring good tidings!”
Mars’ hand, which was full of blood from the handle of his
sword, has become as life-giving as the sun, the exalted in works.
Since Aquarius has come full of that water of life, the dry
cluster of Virgo is raining pearls from him.
The Pleiades full of goodness fears not Libra and being
broken; how should Aries flee away in fright from its mother?
When from the moon the arrow of a glance struck the heart
of Sagittarius, he took to night-faring in passion for her, like Scorpio.
On such a festival, go, sacrifice Taurus, else you are crooked of
gait in the mud like Cancer.
This sky is the astrolabe, and the reality is Love;
whatever wesay of this, attend to the meaning.
Shamsi-Tabriz, on that dawn when you shine, the dark night
is transformed to bright day by your moonlike face.


“Mystical Poems of Rumi 1″A.J. Arberry
The University of Chicago Press, 1968

Abu’l Hasan Yamīn ud-Dīn Khusrau (1253–1325 AD), better known as AMIR KHUSRAU

Amir Khusrau has very creatively used astrological concepts, phrases, references, beliefs, traditions, and even Horoscopes into his poetry, particularly in the Mathnavis. Some of them include:
1. Mathnavi Nuh Sepahr (page 320 to 327), Amir Khusrau has described the planetary positions and the relevance of all the twelve houses of the natal chart on the occasion of the birth of Prince Muhammadson of king Qutubuddin Mubarakshah at Delhi.
(Mathnavi Nuh Sepehr, published by Baptist Mission Press Calcutta, in the year 1918 A.D., 1337 A.H.)
2. Mathnavi Tughlaq Namah (page 143 to 145), Amir Khusrau has described the planetary positions on the occasion of the Coronation of King Ghyasuddin Tughlaq[15] at Delhi.
(Mathnavi Tughlaq Namah, published by Maktba-i-Urdu: Aurangabad, Deccan, in the year 1933 A.D., 1352 A.H.)
3. Mathnavi Dawalrani Khazir Khan (page 160-161), Amir Khusrau has described the planetary positions on the occasion of Nikah (i.e. legal marriage) of prince Khazir Khan son of King Alauddin Khilji[18] with the daughter of Alap Khan.
(Mathnavi Dawalrani Khazir Khan, published by Institute Press Aligarh, in the year 1948 A.D., 1368 A.H.)

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