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I Heard God Laughing

Poems of Hope and Joy
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Paperback Book
September, 2006
$27.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c.1320–1389), though little known in the Western world, is the most beloved poet of Persia (Iran). 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 in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation. Through these processes, human love becomes divine love and the lover merges ultimately with the source and goal of all love, which Hafiz calls the Divine Beloved.


What is the difference

Between your experience of Existence

And that of a Saint?

The saint knows

That the spiritual path

Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved

Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually

Tripping over Joy

And bursting out in Laughter

And saying, “I surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,

I am afraid you still think

You have a thousand serious moves.

Other popular volumes of poems by Hafiz in versions by Daniel Ladinsky include The Gift and The Subject Tonight is Love. He also brought us the East-West collection Love Poems from God.

Publisher’s Description: 

From the renowned translator of "The Gift" comes a rich collection that brings the great Sufi poet to Western readers.

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