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The Gift

by Hafiz

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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 from the radiance they emit."

What more to say than that? These poems come from the same spiritual tradition as Rumi, the same sort of ecstatic state of delirious love. And the translations are in the same spirit as Barks'. Not just a literal translation from Farsi to English, but also a poetic translation into a more modern form. These are wonderful. ( )
1 vote greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
If you love Rumi, Hafiz will be paradise. Not only beautiful but humorous. The way Hafiz writes of God is with the love of a lover. After reading from the Gift, I want to feel for God the way Hafiz does. I want the ecstatic
Sufi experience. Everyone should read this at least once an experience true love. ( )
1 vote urbanholly | Feb 19, 2011 |
Hafiz, born as Shams-ud-din Muhammed around 1320 in Persia, is a most amazing poet who has a connection to the heart and to the divine so strong that anyone who listens cannot but feel the deep love and awareness in his words. His poems are sometimes short and sweet, sometimes slightly crazed, and other times seem to dance with delight and excitement. They touch something inside us that makes us say "Yes, this, I knew this!"

Happen if God leaned down

And gave you a full wet

Doesn't mind answering astronomical questions like that. ( )
1 vote Elfpath | May 3, 2010 |
There is just something so simple and beautiful about this poetry. You really can open it at any time, to any page, and it will cheer you up. You do not have to have to be religious, have a background in history, or familiarity with poetry to love this book. ( )
1 vote astral707 | Dec 10, 2008 |
Daniel Ladinsky, who translated these poems, did an amazing job. I really feel like a translator can make or break a work, and in this case Ladinsky definitely does the former. These beautiful renditions of Hafiz's poems are a pleasure to read again and again. ( )
1 vote erelsi183 | Sep 26, 2008 |
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To God's magnificent masquerade - as us!
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You carry all the ingredients/To turn your existence into joy,/Mix them, mix/Them!
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0140195815, Paperback)

Hafiz, a secret Sufi, came to prominence in his day as a writer of love poems. That love transformed into an all-consuming passion for union with the divine. In The Gift, Daniel Ladinsky bestows on us the impassioned yet whimsical strains of Hafiz's ecstasy. Never forced or awkward, Ladinsky's Hafiz whispers in your ear and pounds in your chest, naming God in a hundred metaphors.
I once asked a bird,
"How is it that you fly in this gravity
Of darkness?"
She responded,
"Love lifts
Like Fitzgerald's version of Khayyam's Rubaiyat, the language of The Gift strikes a contemporary chord, resonating in the reader's mind and then in the heart. Ladinsky's language is plain, fresh, playful--dancing with an expert cadence that invites and surprises. If it is true, as Hafiz says, that a poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, reading Ladinsky's Hafiz is like gulping down the sun. --Brian Bruya

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More than any other Persian poet, it is perhaps Hafiz who accesses the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. With this collection of 250 of Hafiz's most intimate poems, translator Ladinsky has succeeded in capturing the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices. Each line imparts the qualities of this spiritual teacher: an audacious love that empowers lives, profound knowledge, wild generosity, and a sweet, playful genius unparalleled in world literature.--From publisher description.… (more)

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