delivered the main thrust of his
conception of wisdom in a prayer entitled "The Quintessence of Religions".
chose this angle to shed some light in a concrete and personal way on some of the subtlest aspects of this thought which, while taking root in the mystical tradition, reverses the prevailing trend by replacing reason at its rightful place in the process of spiritual perfection.
The question of evil, the meaning of true ethics and true humanness and the importance of faith are among the themes dealt with in this analysis.
Leili Anvar is Lecturer in Persian Literature at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales in Paris and a specialist in mystic poetry.
This lecture was given on 10 September 2011 as part of a symposium organised by the Fondation Ostad Elahi around the question "What wisdom for our times?".
Leili Anvar Lecturer in Persian Language and Literature, INALCO
is one of the great unknown wise men of the 20th century.
A great wise man as much for his
thought as for the way he
life,-especially the way he
life, the way he
drew from his
own life a thought he
then transmitted, a thought of wisdom.
The fact that he
is not very well known, is proof of his
For during his lifetime, many wanted to make him known as a musician -he was an immense musician, a master of the Kurdish tanbur- but also as a mystical thinker.
Many people came to see him from Iran, where he
lived, from Europe or from the USA, urging him to make himself known.
Every time he
answered: "You may use the teachings I give you but do not refer to me by name.
Isn't such self-effacement a sign of great wisdom?