Photographer's Note

Details of the Bayazid Bastami's mausoluem in Bastam, depicting phrases from the Holy Quran.

Bayazid Bastami (804-874 CE) was a Persian Sufi born in Bastam, Iran. He was a Persian Sufi of the ninth century and among one of the greatest Sufis of all time. His father was a Zoroastrian and had high position in Bastam (north eastern Persia). Bayazid was among the shatta Sufis. Shatta Sufis are those who are enraptured by the Divine love and are annihilated in the Truth. Bastami said: It takes more than two hundred years until a flower such as I grows in the garden of the universe.

Abu Saiid, another Sufi of ninth century, said: The world is enraptured by Bayazid, and Bayazid sees nothing except the Divine.

He was burried in the yard of his sufi-school, surrounded by the splendid architecture of Teimurid era.

آرامگاه بایزید بسطامی، بسطام شاهرود

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