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« on: Jan 20, 2008 06:18 AM »


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« Reply #1 on: Jan 20, 2008 06:18 AM »

We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.

-Hafiz (14th. century)
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 04, 2008 09:05 AM »

THE VINTAGE MAN

The
Difference
Between a good artist
& a great one

Is:

The novice
Will often lay down his tool
Or brush

Then pick up an invisible club
On the mind's table

& helplessly smash the easels &
Jade.

Wereas the vintage man
No longer hurts himself or anyone

& keeps on
Sculpting

Light.

-Hafiz
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 04, 2008 09:10 AM »

IT FELT LOVE

How
Did the rose
Ever open its heart

& give to this world
All its
Beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light
Against its
Being.

Otherwise,
We all remain

Too

Frightened.

- Hafiz

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 05, 2008 03:04 PM »

IT FELT LOVE

This is a lovely, poem, Sis!  Thanks for sharing. purplehijabisis
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 09, 2008 07:23 PM »

 “One regret dear world, that I am determined not to have when I am lying on my deathbed is that I did not kiss you enough.”-Hafiz.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 09, 2008 07:29 PM »

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.”-Hafiz
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« Reply #7 on: Feb 17, 2008 12:45 PM »

O fool, do something, so you won't just stand there looking dumb.
If you are not traveling and on the road, how can you call yourself a guide?

In the School of Truth, one sits at the feet of the Master of Love.
So listen, son, so that one day you may be an old father, too!

All this eating and sleeping has made you ignorant and fat;
By denying yourself food and sleep, you may still have a chance.

Know this: If God should shine His lovelight on your heart,
I promise you'll shine brighter than a dozen suns.

And I say: wash the tarnished copper of your life from your hands;
To be Love's alchemist, you should be working with gold.

Don't sit there thinking; go out and immerse yourself in God's sea.
Having only one hair wet with water will not put knowledge in that head.

For those who see only God, their vision
Is pure, and not a doubt remains.

Even if our world is turned upside down and blown over by the wind,
If you are doubtless, you won't lose a thing.

O Hafiz, if it is union with the Beloved that you seek,
Be the dust at the Wise One's door, and speak!

Hafiz

From: 'Drunk On the Wind of the Beloved'
Translated by Thomas Rain Crowe
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 20, 2008 02:45 AM »

Warning: Do not read Hafiz with a literal mind. Think free with nothing, read it and let yourself feel.

My Eyes So Soft



Don’t

Surrender

You Loneliness so quickly.

Let it cut more

Deep.


Let it ferment and season you

As few human

Or even divine ingredients can.


Something missing in my heart tonight

Has made my eyes so soft,

My voice so

Tender,


My need of God

Absolutely

Clear.






Until



I think we are frightened every

Moment of our lives

Until we

Know

Him.







Then Winks



Everything is clapping today,



Light,

Sound,

Motion,

All movement.



A rabbit I pass pulls a cymbal

From a hidden pocket

Then winks.



This causes a few planets and I

To go nuts

And start grabbing each other.



Someone sees this

Calls a

Shrink,



Tries to get me

Committed

For

Being too

Happy.



Listen: this world is the lunatic’s sphere,

Don’t always agree it’s real,



Even with my feet upon it

And the postman knowing my door



My address is somewhere else.







How Fascinating



How

Fascinating the idea of death

Can be.

Too bad, though,

Because

It just isn’t

True.







Buttering the Sky



Slipping

On my shoes,

Boiling water,

Toasting bread,

Buttering the sky:

That should be enough contact

With God in one day

To make anyone

Crazy.







The God Who Only Knows Four Words



Every

Child

Has Known God,

Not the God of names,

Not the God of don’ts,

Not the God who does

Anything Weird,

But the God who only knows four words

And keeps repeating them, saying:

“Come Dance with Me.”

Come

Dance.







This Sky



This

Sky

Where we live

Is no place to lose your wings

So love, love,

Love.







Everywhere




Running

Through the streets

Screaming



Throwing rocks through windows,

Using my own head to ring

Great bells,



Pulling out my hair

Tearing off my clothes,



Tying everything I own

To a stick,

And setting it on

Fire.



What else can Hafiz do tonight

To celebrate the madness,

The Joy,



Of seeing God

Everywhere!







The Stairway of Existence




We

Are not

In pursuit of formalities

Or fake religious

Laws,



For through the stairway of existence

We have come to God’s

Door.



We are

People who need love, because

Love is the soul’s life,



Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.



Through

The stairway of existence,

O, through the stairway of existence, Hafiz,



Have

You now come,

Have we all come to

The Beloved’s

Door.







The Sun Never Says



Even

After

All this time

The sun never says to the earth,


“You owe

Me.”



Look

What happens

With a love like that,

It lights the

Whole

Sky.
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