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June 13, 2010 / unveiledmirror

The lover and his mistress.


A young man, brave and impetuous as a lion, was for five years in love with a woman. In one of the eyes of this beauty was a small speck, but the man, when gazing on the beauty of his mistress, never saw it. How could a man, so much in love, notice a tiny flaw? However, in time, his love began to dwindle and he regained his power over himself. It was then that he noticed the speck, and asked her how it had come about. She said: ‘It appeared at the time when your love began to cool. When your love for me became defective my eye became so for you.’

O blind of Heart! how long will you continue to look for the faults of others? Strive to be aware of those things you hide so carefully. When you see your faults in all their ugliness you will not bother so much about those of others.

Excerpt from : The Conference of the Birds by Farid Ud-Din Attar


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