The Gift by Hafiz

By Hafiz

I like Hafiz and this can be a excellent translation, particularly for brand new comers to the poet. a favourite ebook of mine, from Amazon and formatted for Kindle.

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An awesome new translation of the world-renowned mystic poet Hafiz.

More than the other Persian poet--even Rumi--Hafiz extended the paranormal, therapeutic dimensions of poetry. simply because his poems have been usually ecstatic love songs from God to his loved international, many have referred to as Hafiz the "Invisible Tongue." certainly, Daniel Ladinsky, the comprehensive translator of this quantity, has acknowledged that his paintings with Hafiz is an try and do the very unlikely: to translate gentle into words--to make the Luminous Resonance of God tangible to our finite senses.

With this gorgeous selection of 250 of Hafiz's such a lot intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of 1 of Islam's maximum poetic and spiritual voices. every one line of The Gift imparts the fantastic characteristics of this grasp Sufi poet and religious instructor: encouragement, an audacious love that touches lives, profound wisdom, generosity, and a candy, playful genius remarkable in global literature.

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Whereas the vintage man No longer hurts himself or anyone And keeps on Sculpting Light. EVERYWHERE Running Through the streets Screaming, Throwing rocks through windows, Using my own head to ring Great bells, Pulling out my hair, Tearing off my clothes, Tying everything I own To a stick, And setting it on Fire. What else can Hafiz do tonight To celebrate the madness, The joy, Of seeing God Everywhere! LIFTS BEYOND CONCEPTION Independent Of this body is my mind When the call from the Golden Nightingale Lifts and pours my being throughout The Sky.

As individual schools developed, their methods of teaching diversified according to the needs of each group. Some stressed formal meditation, others focused on selfless service to the world, and still others emphasized devotional practices: song, dance, and spiritual poetry celebrating love for God. The Sufis cherish the poetry of Hafiz as a perfect expression of the human experience of divine love. How Hafiz came to be a Sufi student is a famous and popular story told in many versions throughout the East:It is said that when he was twenty-one and working as a baker’s assistant, Hafiz delivered some bread to a mansion and happened to catch a fleeting glimpse of a beautiful girl on the terrace.

His love was so strong that he succeeded in completing this vigil. At daybreak on the fortieth day, the archangel Gabriel appeared before Hafiz and told him to ask for whatever he wished. Hafiz had never seen such a glorious, radiant being as Gabriel. ” Gazing on the unimaginable splendor of God’s angel, Hafiz forgot all about the girl, his wish, everything. ” Gabriel then directed Hafiz to a spiritual teacher who lived in Shiraz. The angel told Hafiz to serve this teacher in every way and his wish would be fulfilled.

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