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.