Welcome, traveler! Enter and take your rest...

Achaikhana is a teahouse along the legendary Silk Road pilgrimage andtrading route linking China to the Middle East and Europe. It is aplace of rest along the journey, a place to shake off the dust of theroad, to sip tea, and to gather together to sing songs of the Divine...



 My eyes so fix

by Fakhruddin Iraqi

English version by William Chittick and Peter Lamborn Wilson

My eyes so fix
     upon your image
that whatever I gaze at
     I imagine you.

-- from Fakhruddin Iraqi: Divine Flashes (Classics of Western Spirituality) , Translated by William Chittick / Translated by Nasr Seyyed Hossein


/ Image by Khashayar Elyassi /

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It has been a strange week. I lost access to the Poetry Chaikhana website for a few days when my web host changed my access info without notifying me. In trying to fix that issue, I then could not receive Poetry Chaikhana emails for a couple of days. We finally resolved those issues and the Poetry Chaikhana is back.

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A new spring day. The birds celebrate the morning in song. And I have a short poem for you from the great Fakhruddin Iraqi...

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That's the way, isn't it?

When we turn our full focus to the Divine, when our entire being hungrily reaches for the Eternal, the world around us conspires to reveal glimpses. The smallest thing, properly gazed upon with the whole self, unmasks itself as the Beloved.



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