A FRUIT OF THE PINE, CEDAR, JUNIPER,
AND BLACK CYPRESS TREES
IN THE UPLANDS OF BARLA
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One time during my captivity while gazing at the majestic and wonderful forms of the pine, cedar, and juniper trees on the mountain top, a gentle breeze was blowing. Transforming the scene into a magnificent, delightful, and clamorous display of dancing and a rapturous performance of praise and glorification, the enjoyment of watching it was transformed into instruction for my eyes and wisdom for my ears. I suddenly recalled the Kurdish lines of Ahmad al-Jizri, whose meaning is:
‘Everyone has hastened to gaze at You and Your Beauty; they are acting coyly before Your Beauty.’
My heart wept as follows, expressing their instructive meanings. The meaning of the verses in Persian written at Tepelice in the mountains of Barla about the fruit of the pine, cedar, juniper, and black cypress trees is this:
Living creatures have appeared from everywhere on the face of the earth, Your art, to gaze on You.
From above and below they emerge like heralds, and call out.
The herald-like trees take pleasure at the beauty of Your embroideries, and they dance.
They are filled with joy at the perfection of Your art, and utter most beautiful sounds.
It is as if the sweetness of their own voices fills them with joy too, and makes them perform a delicate melody.
In response the trees have started dancing and are seeking ecstasy.
It is through these works of Divine mercy that all the living creatures receive instruction in the glorification and prayer particular to each.
After receiving instruction, on high rocks the trees raise their heads to the Divine Throne.