I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz

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Sufism Reoriented, 1996 - Poetry - 161 pages
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"Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c.1320-1389), though little known in the western world, is the most beloved poet of Persia (Iran). To Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past, but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend. The special gift of this friend is a poetry unique in world literature, a poetry that celebrate every expression of love in the universe. The lyrics of Hafiz overflow with a profound appreciation of the beauty and richness of life when seen through the eyes of love. With unerring insight, he explore the feelings and motives associated with every level of love, tracing each nuance of emotion in depth and detail. His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic's "path of love"--That journey of inner unfolding in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation. Through there processes, human love becomes divine love and the lover merges ultimately with the source goal of all love, which Hafiz calls the divined beloved." -- Provided by publisher.

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Daniel Ladinsky is editor and translator of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and several other poetry collections. For six years he studied with Meher Baba's spiritual community in western India.

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