Our aim is to encourage cultural and social exchange between countries and peoples, specifically starting with an exchange of thoughts and ideas between West Asia and Europe to bridge gaps of intercultural understanding in an increasingly connected region.
The Simorgh Philosophy
The story recounts the longing of a group of birds who search for a leader. They decide the legendary “Simorgh” should be their king and they go on a journey to find him. They journey over seven valleys each representing one stage of attainment to wholeness.
One by one the birds drop out unable to fulfill the challenging journey. Eventually only thirty birds reach the land of Simorgh but instead of finding their spiritual leader, all they see is their own reflection in a lake. As the birds realize the truth, they see they are not separate from the universe, they are one with it.
In the poem, it says:
There in the Simorgh’s radiant face they saw
Themselves, the Simorgh of the world – with awe
They gazed, and dared at last to comprehend
They were the Simorgh and the journey’s end.
They see the Simorgh – at themselves they stare,
And see a second Simorgh standing there;
They look at both and see the two are one,
That this is that, that this, the goal is won.
They ask (but inwardly; they make no sound)
The meaning of these mysteries that confound
Their puzzled ignorance – how is it true
That ‘we’ is not distinguished here from ‘you’?
In this spirit, we wish to come together across national borders, celebrate the diversity in our similarities, and find the Simorgh in all of us together.