Shiraz (II); House of Mirrors, Reflections on the Self

Shiraz’s air has the smell of money and the fragrance of spices. Like the bazaars in Tehran and other Iranian cities, merchants stuff the caverns of Vakil, constructed in the Middle Ages, with condiments, copper, rugs, cloth and every other imaginable object.

The Ghavam Garden, built during the rule of Naser-ed-din shah by the order of Ali-mohammad khan Ghavam (1257-1267) includes a combined office and museum complex plus the Zinat-ol-molk house — all linked by a tunnel. Decorations include mirror works, paintings, carvings, brick works, fretworks, stone cuttings, plastering and vaulted ceilings. The fixtures and plasters and mirrors reflect back to oneself as daylight fades but casts rays and shadows through porticos and windows. Moonlight turns the garden and house into a poem, the reflections from silver into gold.

"Change rooms in your mind for a day,” Hafez said.

"Oh Cup-bearer, set my glass afire with the light of wine!”

"It seemed that love was an easy thing But my feet have fallen on difficult ways.”

Hafez From: 'The Subject Tonight is Love' Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Evening: Silver turns to Gold

I Have Learned So much from God That I can no longer Call Myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself With me

That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel, Or even a pure Soul.

Love has Befriended Hafiz so completely It has turned to ash And freed Me

Of every concept and image my mind has ever known.

From: 'The Gift' by Hafez Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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