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Metaphors used in Sufi Poetry

Beloved, Friend: God
Wine, Intoxication: Ecstasy, Teachings of Shaykh
Tavern: Shaykh’s presence, Sufi Centre
Wine tenderer: Shaykh, Beloved
Light, Day, Face: Immanent aspect of God
Night, Tresses, Mole, Kohl: Transcendent aspect of God.
Veil: Ego
Bird on a wing: Freedom
Flying: Moving into higher states
Union: Annihilation into God
Holi: Unity within diversity
Basant: Season of love
Flower: Spiritual awakening
Bridal make-up: Meditation

Still, newer meanings dawn depending upon the circumstances.