Our aim is to act as a resource center for NGOs and CBOs in West Asia by connecting them to resources, knowledge and networks of European and international organizations. The Simorgh aims to act as a bridge between selected NGOs in West Asia (with a focus on Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon) and European organizations. We strive to empower our member NGOs by encouraging information and resource sharing, greater dialogue among the members as well as between our members and international stakeholders.
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.