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The Gift

Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master
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Paperback Book
August, 1999
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$26.00 CAD
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“These translations should do for that great glorious mystic Hafiz what Coleman Barks’ translations have done for Rumi. Seekers on all paths will benefit from the radiance they emit.” —Andrew Harvey

Hafiz, whose given name was Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c.1320-1389), though little known in the Western world, is the most beloved poet of Persia.  Born in Shiraz, he lived at about the same time as Chaucer in England and about one hundred years after Rumi. Hafiz’s Divan (collected poems) is a classic in the literature of Sufism. Daniel Ladinsky has lovingly worked 250 of Hafiz’s most intimate poems into delicious English. “With a wonderful—at times outrageous—genius Hafiz is a profound champion of freedom.”

Hafiz is one of the greatest spiritual friends, lovers, and guides that humankind has ever known. For centuries he has been called the Tongue of the Invisible, for he continues to sing beautiful and wild love songs from God. He invites us to join him in his fantastic applause of life. I vote to inscribe these words of Hafiz on every flag, church bell, temple, mosque, and politician’s brain:

Dear ones, let’s anoint this earth with dance!

The lyrics of Hafiz overflow with a profound appreciation of the beauty and richness of life when seen through the eyes of love. His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic’s “path of love”—that journey of inner unfolding where human love becomes divine love and the lover merges ultimately with the source and goal of all love, which Hafiz calls the Divine Beloved.



Hunting party

Sometimes has a greater chance

Of flushing love and God

Out into the open

Than a warrior





Where is the door to God?

In the sound of a barking dog,

In the ring of a hammer,

In a drop of rain,

In the face of


I see.

Also by Daniel Ladinsky/Hafiz are The Subject Tonight is Love and I Heard God Laughing.

Publisher’s Description: 

With this stunning gift edition of 250 of Hafiz’s most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of one of Islam’s greatest poetic and religious voices.

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