Creativity Nasimi . . .

Seyyid Imadeddin Nasimi (Shamakhy, 1369-Aleppo, 1417), the great Azerbaijani poet and eminent figure in the poetry and philosophical thought of the Orient, was the founder of a school of philosophical poetry in the Azerbaijani language. During his lifetime, at the turn of the 14th and 15 th centuries, religious obscuranticism was dominant – his homeland was ravaged by Mongol invasion. In both the East and the West anyone propagating genuinely humanist views – by opposing feudal oppression, or calling upon men to trust in their own powers - was punished by death or imprisonment, and all progressive writings were burned.
His surviving poems show that Nasimi had an encyclopedic grasp of the learning of his day. He was a propagator and leading theorist of Hurufism, a mystic pantheistic doctrine which emerged in Azerbaijan at the dawn of the 15 th century. Its name came from the Arab word huruf, or letters. Hurufism sanctified numerology, and the principles of gematria– numbers obtained from assigning numbers to letters, and summing or manipulating their totals in words in sacred texts. Hurufism regarded scriptural letters as the basis behind the entire corpus of holy scripture, and that even God himself In bringing the attention of the world to Nasimi’s poetry, we are once again bringing attention to Azerbaijan and its culture.
Imadeddin Nasimi was manifested in the face of man. In Nasimi’s poems we often find explicit statements of these views, as, for instance, that Supreme God is himself humanity’s son. Nasimi says to his reader: O you in whole face pristine substance is seen, your image is merciful and gracious God....



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Both worlds can fit within me...

Both worlds can fit within me, but in this world I cannot fit
I am the essence, I have no place? But into I cannot fit

All that was, is and will be, All embodied in me?
Do not ask! Follow me. In explanations I cannot fit.

The Universe is my verse; my instance is your life.
Know me by these signs; know that in signs I cannot fit

Through guess and doubt no truth was found
He who knows the truth knows that in guess I cannot fit.

Look deeperb into my form and try to understand the meaning
Being the body and the soul, in soul with body I cannot fit

I am the pearl, hidden in shell, I am the bridge that leads to heaven and hell.
With such a wealth, in markets of this world I cannot fit.

I am the secret treasure of all treasures, I am the evidence of all worlds,
I am the source of precious, in the depths of sea I cannot fit.

Although I am great. But I am Adam, I am a human,
I am the creation of the univerce, but in creation I cannot fit.

The soul and the world, all is me! I am all times and all ages.
But is it not strange to anyone that in them I cannot fit?

I am the sky, I am all planets, and the angel of revelation
Hide your tongue, for in your tongue I cannot fit.

I am a particle of all things, I am the sun, and I am the six sides of your land.
Look at me with clarity, because in clarity I cannot fit.

I am at once the essence and the character. I am the sugar with the rose.
I am decision and excuse, in silent mouth I cannot fit.

I am the burning tree: I am the rock that climbed the heavens,
Admire the flames of my fire, in these flames I cannot fit.

I am the sweet dream, the moon and the sun. The breath, the soul, I give.
But even in the soul and breath I cannot fit.

I am the string and I am the bow, I am the young and I am the old,
I am the power and eternal wealth, but in the ages I cannot fit.

Although today I am Nasimi, a Hashemite and a Quareish
I am less than my fame is, but in my fame I cannot fit.