The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master

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Penguin, Aug 1, 1999 - Religion - 352 pages
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Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky’s extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz, one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time

More than any other Persian poeteven RumiHafiz expanded the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Because his poems were often ecstatic love songs from God to his beloved world, many have called Hafiz the "Invisible Tongue." Indeed, Daniel Ladinsky has said that his work with Hafiz is an attempt to do the impossible: to render Light into wordsto make the Luminous Resonance of God tangible to our finite senses.

I am
a hole in a flute
that the Christ's breath moves
through

listen to this
music!

With this stunning collection of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in presenting the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices. Each line of The Gift imparts the wonderful qualities of this master Sufi poet and spiritual teacher: encouragement, an audacious love that touches lives, profound knowledge, generosity, and a sweet, playful genius unparalleled in world literature.
 

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

There is a quote on the front of this book: "These translations should do for that great glorious mystic Hafiz what Coleman Barks' translations have done for Rumi. Seekers on all paths will benefit ... Read full review

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User Review  - sal m. - Overstock.com

A wonderful book of poems that will put you closer to God. Hafiz is on a par with Rumi another great Persian poet. He will stun you. He will make you laugh. He is above and beyond any religion. This book can change your life. Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
The Life and Work of Hafiz
7
One STARTLED BY
21
Looking for Good Fish 24 A Hunting Party 26 This Sane
31
Have Learned So Much 32 God Just Came Near 33
42
Removing the Shoe from the Temple 43 Against My
52
Hold the Lions Paw 57 If the Falling of a Hoof 59 What
66
Dont Die Again 71 Like a LifeGiving Sun 73 The Great
76
Counting Moles 162 Hafiz 163 The Body a Tree 164
172
What Happens to the Guest 178 I Want Both of Us 180 Like
182
A Cushion for Your Head 183 These Beautiful Love Games
184
Our Hearts Should Do This More 191 Turn Left a Thousand
198
Why Arent We Screaming Drunks? 205 Dropping
208
Say to a Poem 214 The Suburbs 215
221
In Need of the Breath 225 The Hearts Coronation 227
235
When the Sun Conceived a Man 236 A Mime 239 The Quintessence
248

The Vintage Man 77 Everywhere 78 Lifts beyond
82
The Gift 83 Laughing at the Word Two 84 Life Starts
94
What Do White Birds Say 97 How Do I Listen? 99 The Earth
110
Get the Blame Straight 111 Rewards for Clear Thinking
113
That Regal Coat 118 Stop Being So Religious 119 Friends
122
The Prettiest Mule 127 Today 128 Wise Men Keep Talking
135
Ten TINY GODS
141
This Talking Rag 144 Who Will Feed My Cat? 145 Burglars
149
The Clay Bowls Destiny 157 I Hope You Wont Sue This
160
Lousy at Math 250 The Sun in Drag 252 Between
260
Cupping My Hands Like a Mountain Valley 261 Why Not
269
The God Who Only Knows Four Words 270 You Were Brave
276
My Eyes So Soft 277 The Diamond Takes Shape 278 That
282
Stay with Us 284 I Am Full of Love Tonight 286 Many Lives
294
A Clever Piece of Mutton 297 Who Can Hear the Buddha
301
In a Circus Booth 306 Maybe Even Lucrative 307 Troubled
308
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Daniel Ladinsky has published three previous translations of Hafiz's poems, The Gift, The Subject Tonight Is Love, and I Heard God Laughing, as well as a collection of translations of poems by twelve mystics and saints, Love Poems From God. His most recent collection is The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi. For six years, he made his home in a spiritual community in western India, where he worked and lived with the intimate disciples and family of Avatar Meher Baba. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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