Hakim Sanai Quotes

Hakim Sanai (circa 1080 – 1141)

Hakim Sanai (circa 1080 – 1141) was a Persian poet from Ghazni who lived between the 11th century and the 12th centuries in ancient Iran, what is now Afghanistan. He wrote an enormous quantity of mystical verse, of which The Walled Garden of Truth is his master work and the first Persian mystical epic of Sufism. The work expresses the poet’s ideas on God, love, philosophy and reason. For close to 900 years The Walled Garden of Truth has been consistently read as a classic and employed as a Sufi textbook. Sanai’s poetry had a tremendous influence upon Persian literature.

One Journey Quotations

Quotations by Hakim Sanai…

When you sincerely enter into prayer, you will come forth with all your prayers answered. But a hundred prayers that lack sincerity will leave you still the bungler that you are, your work a failure. Prayers said from habit are like the dust that scatters in the wind. The prayers that reach God’s court are uttered by the soul.

Hakim Sanai (circa 1080 – 1141)

The special form of friendship and love which grows between teacher and pupil is simultaneously a bond of friendship between man and God. Such a process is the very reverse of hero-worship. The teacher systematically and very effectively rejects those manifestations from his charges which have their origins in the self. Pupils are weaned at the outset from the tendency to fixate and identify with authority figures. If this first lesson is not learnt, there are no others. The teacher is merely a channel of communication. His presence may elicit love and devotion from those around him, but these are destined not for himself but for the reality his teaching represents.

Hakim Sanai (circa 1080 – 1141), from The Walled Garden of Truth