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A Year with Hafiz

Daily Contemplations
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin Books
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November, 2011
ISBN:
9780143117544
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$29.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

I am a hole in a flute

that the Christ’s Breath

moves through —

Listen to this Music.

Hafiz (1320-1389) is the most beloved poet of Persians. He was born and lived in
Shiraz
, a beautiful garden city, where he became a famous spiritual teacher. His Divan (collected poems) is a classic in the literature of Sufism and mystical verse.

The poems of Hafiz are not literary remnants from a remote past but surprisingly lively and at times complex masterpieces filled with cherished wisdom. With learned insight and a delicate hand, Daniel Ladinsky in A Year with Hafiz explores the many emotions addressed in these verses. His renderings, presented here in 365 poignant poems—including a section based on the translations of Hafiz by Ralph Waldo Emerson—capture the compelling wisdom of one of Islam’s most revered artistic and religious voices. Intimate and often spiritual, the poems are beautifully sensuous, playful, wacky, profound, and full of wonderful wit and humour, and provide guidance for everyday life, as well as reflection points to help readers grow as individuals.

Look at the smile on the earth’s lips

this morning,

she lay with me again last night.

*

I had a legitimate excuse for not going to the mosque and temple to pray.

It was because love is so wild in me I might break the fragile glass cage that all religions are made of.

*

The wonder of my body aging, dying, is finding another flame within,

A holy eternal sphere, that will never go out and is more beautiful

than all the form you have known—

put together.

When the fields on the body begin to turn gray

Let your hand’s touch upon all, soften.

Other titles by Daniel Ladinsky include The Gift and The Subject Tonight is Love.

Publisher’s Description: 

A year's worth of ruminations from one of the world's most revered literary and spiritual teachers.

The poems of Hafiz are not literary remnants from a remote past but masterpieces filled with cherished and timeless wisdom. With learned insight and a delicate hand, Daniel Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses. H is renderings, presented here in 365 poignant poems-including a section based on the translations of H afiz by Ralph Waldo Emerson-capture the compelling wisdom of one of Islam's most revered artistic and religious voices. Intimate and often spiritual, the poems are beautifully sensuous, playful, wacky, profound, and full of wonderful wit and humor, and provide guidance for everyday life, as well as reflection points to help readers grow as individuals.

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