Sa'di's rosegarden is an essential, wise and readable book.
Structured in four gateways with some repetition in each, the lessons read very much like koans with a short illustrative story and a small adjoining poem. Other than in (most?) koans the author here is known and does not hesitate to feature in some of his own stories.
Many of the Shaikh's admonitions remain as relevant today as they were back then and those that are not offer a clear window into the customs and social structures of his period....Continua