Photo: On the night of 7 November 1877, Fort Aziziye was attacked by the Russian army of (3000+ men), which captured it on the evening of 9 November with the help of Turkish speaking local Armenian gangs. With the call to prayer, the Russians announced their victory and the residents of the city took up arms to meet their enemy. Some had guns but many armed themselves with axes. Around 6,500± citizens stormed into the fort. The equipped Russian army lost 2,300 men and retreated from the city, and 1,000 residents became martyrs. One of the fighters that day: ''Nene Hatun'' a lady who fought the Russians at the fort told her story: 'At a night my brother Hassan came back wounded from the battlefield. On one side I was taking care of his wounds, and on the other side I had my 3 months old baby. My brother died that night in my arms. Then in the morning when I heard the bad news by the minarets, I took my brother's gun and encouraged others to join [the fight]. We stormed the Fort like a Storming wave. They had their good weapons, and we had our Religion.'
Let's offer flowers, pour a cup of libation,
split open the skies and start anew on creation.
If the forces of grief invade our lovers' veins,
cupbearer and I will wash away this temptation.
With rose water we'll mellow crimson wine's bitter cup;
we'll sugar the fire to sweeten smoke's emanation.
Take this fine lyre, musician, strike up a love song;
let's dance, sing all night, go wild in celebration.
As dust, O West Wind, let us rise to the Heavens,
floating free in Creator's glow of elation.
If mind desires to return while heart cries to stay,
here's a quarrel for love's deliberation.
Alas, these words and songs go for naught in this land;
come, Hafez, let's create a new generation.
Quote Source and Recommended Reading:
'Spiritual Wisdom of Haféz: Teachings of the Philosopher of Love'
By Haleh Pourafzal (Author), Roger Montgomery (Author)
An exploration of the Persian poet's spiritual philosophy, with original translations of his poetry.
• The perfect introduction to the man known as the philosopher of love
• Speaks directly to the cutting edges of philosophy, psychology, social theory, and education, from the wisdom of a mystic and heartfelt poet
For six hundred years the Persian poet Hafez has been read, recited, quoted, and loved by millions of people in his homeland and throughout the world. Like his predecessor Rumi, he is a spiritual guide in our search for life's essence. Hafez is both a mystic philosopher and a heartfelt poet of desires and fears. Haleh Pourafzal and Roger Montgomery invite you to savor the wit and passion of his words.
The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez is the perfect introduction to the man known as the philosopher of love, whose message of spiritual transcendence through rapture and service to others is especially important as our troubled world enters the twenty-first century. His wisdom speaks directly to the cutting edges of philosophy, psychology, social theory, and education, and can serve as a bridge of understanding between the West and the Middle East, two cultures in desperate need of mutual empathy.
"Hafez has no peer."
"Hafez fears nothing. He sees too far; he sees throughout; such is the only man I wish to see or be."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"Only the most enlightened of beings can benefit from the deepest human joys because within such beings resides a unique force of freedom and rapture. Their awareness rests in the house of spirit and their soul mates with their awareness meaning that which is discovered through awareness emanates from their soul and that which shines in the soul is known with awareness. This unity of spirit and mind is the legacy of Hafez."
"This beautifully written and nicely presented discourse on his life and work honors the poet as a significant figure whose influence resonates still."