The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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The rhythms in which the ancient people composed their poems were taken from the rhythm of nature: the rhythm of the air, the rhythm of running water, the rhythm of a flying bird, the rhythm of waving branches--all these rhythms were taken from nature, and on them the poets based their poetry. They tried to keep near to nature, so that nature could teach them. And to each of these ancient rhythms or meters they gave a name which was related to something in nature. For instance there is a rhythm called Hansa, after the sound of a bird of that name. Poets used the rhythm of the Hansa's call in the composition of their poetry.