The Gift-Poems by a Great Sufi Master

The Gift-Poems by a Great Sufi Master

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Format: Paperback | 333 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 26mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 26 August 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 0140195815
  • ISBN 13: 9780140195811
  • Edition statement: Gift
  • Sales rank: 53,434

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Chosen by author Elizabeth Gilbert as one of her ten favorite books, Daniel Ladinsky's extraordinary renderings of 250 unforgettable lyrical poems by Hafiz, one of the greatest Sufi poets of all time More than any other Persian poet--even Rumi--Hafiz expanded the mystical, healing dimensions of poetry. Because his poems were often ecstatic love songs from God to his beloved world, many have called Hafiz the "Invisible Tongue." Indeed, Daniel Ladinsky has said that his work with Hafiz is an attempt to do the impossible: to render Light into words--to make the Luminous Resonance of God tangible to our finite senses. "I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's breath moves through"-- "listen to this music! " With this stunning collection of Hafiz's most intimate poems, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in presenting the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and religious voices. Each line of "The Gift "imparts the wonderful qualities of this master Sufi poet and spiritual teacher: encouragement, an audacious love that touches lives, profound knowledge, generosity, and a sweet, playful genius unparalleled in world literature.

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Daniel Ladinsky has published three previous translations of Hafiz's poems, "The Gift, The Subject Tonight Is Love," and "I Heard God Laughing," as well as a collection of translations of poems by twelve mystics and saints, "Love Poems From God." His most recent collection is "The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi." For six years, he made his home in a spiritual community in western India, where he worked and lived with the intimate disciples and family of Avatar Meher Baba. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Table of contents

Preface Introduction: The Life and Work of Hafiz One: Startled by God Startled by God Let's Eat When the Violin Looking for Good Fish A Hunting Party This Sane Idea We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners I Can See Angels You're It I Rain Two: I Have Learned So Much I Have Learned So Much God Just Came Near The Sun Never Says The Seed Cracked Open Why Just Ask the Donkey Who Wrote All the Music Your Mother and My Mother Mismatched Newlyweds Your Seed Pouch That Magnificent Storm Three: Removing the Shoe from the Temple Removing the Shoe from the Temple Against My Own Hand Out of This Mess If God Invited You to a Party To Build a Swing A Crystal Rim This One Is Mine Curfews The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish An Infant in Your Arms Four: I Hold the Lion's Paw I Hold the Lion's Paw If the Falling of a Hoof What the Hell Someone Untied Your Camel When I Want to Kiss God For a Single Tear That Shapes the Eye So Many Gifts Love Is the Funeral Pyre Allah, Allah, Allah Five: Don't Die Again Don't Die Again Like a Life-Giving Sun The Great Work Effacement Some Fill with Each Good Rain The Vintage Man Everywhere Lifts beyond Conception God's Bucket Just Looking for Trouble Six: The Gift The Gift Laughing at the Word Two Life Starts Clapping The Foundation for Greatness Courteous to the Ant His Winter Crop The Scent of Light No Conflict Stop Calling Me a Pregnant Woman A Strange Feather Seven: I Am Really Just a Tambourine I Am Really Just a Tambourine The Stairway of Existence What Do White Birds Say? How Do I Listen? The Earth Braces Itself The Difference Between The Angels Know You Well Crooked Deals The Millstone's Talents Let Thought Become Your Beautiful Lover Eight: Get the Blame Straight Get the Blame Straight Rewards for Clear Thinking Please This Constant Yearning The Sad Game That Regal Coat Stop Being So Religious Friends Do Things Like This It Felt Love Look! I Am a Whale Two Bears The Sky Hunter Forgive the Dream Nine: The Prettiest Mule The Prettiest Mule Today Wise Men Keep Talking About Back into Herself The Mule Got Drunk and Lost in Heaven Why Abstain? The Warrior Dividing God I Saw Two Birds Muhammad's Twin Ten: Tiny Gods Tiny Gods This Union When You Can Endure This Talking Rag Who Will Feed My Cat? Burglars Hear Watchdogs A Still Cup That Lamp That Needs No Oil Too Wonderful Eleven: Elephant Wondering Elephant Wondering An Old Musician The Fish and I Will Chat The Heart Is Right Out of God's Hat The Clay Bowl's Destiny I Hope You Won't Sue This Old Man Faithful Lover Now Is the Time Twelve: Counting Moles Counting Moles Hafiz The Body a Tree A Great Need There Could Be Holy Fallout Trying to Wear Pants This Sky It Is Unanimous Two Puddles Chatting His Ballet Company Thirteen: Reverence Reverence That Tree We Planted I Vote for You for God A One-Story House The Great Religions What Happens to the Guest I Want Both of Us Like Passionate Lips Cucumbers and Prayers Fourteen: A Cushion for Your Head A Cushion for Your Head These Beautiful Love Games The Bag Lady The Ambience of Love Tired of Speaking Sweetly A Root in Each Act and Creature Our Hearts Should Do This More Turn Left a Thousand Feet from Here Imagination Does Not Exist Throw Me on a Scale The Hatcheck Girl Damn Thirsty Fifteen: Two Giant Fat People Two Giant Fat People Scratching My Back If You Don't Stop That Elegance A Hole in a Flute Until Why Aren't We Screaming Drunks? Dropping Keys All the Talents of God The Great Expanse I Imagine Now for Ages Sixteen: Spiced Manna Spiced Manna A Hard Decree And For No Reason Sometimes I Say to a Poem The Suburbs She Responded We Might Have to Medicate You The Idiot's Warehouse When You Wake This Teaching Business Isn't Easy The Mountain Got Tired of Sitting Seventeen: Where Is the Door to the Tavern? Where Is the Door to the Tavern? Becoming Human In Need of the Breath The Heart's Coronation The Thousand-Stringed Instrument Then Winks And Then You Are The Intelligent Man The Chorus in the Eye Find a Better Job The Lute Will Beg Eighteen: When the Sun Conceived a Man When the Sun Conceived a Man A Mime The Quintessence of Loneliness Needing a Mirror Zikr The Tender Mouth Greeting God Reaching Toward the Millet Fields Nineteen: Lousy at Math Lousy at Math The Sun in Drag Between Our Poles Stay Close to Those Sounds An Invisible Pile of Wood It Has Not Rained Light Berserk No More Leaving Wow What Should We Do about That Moon? Twenty: Cupping My Hands Like a Mountain Valley Cupping My Hands Like a Mountain Valley Why Not Be Polite Twenty-one: The God Who Only Knows Four Words The God Who Only Knows Four Words You Were Brave in That Holy War Bring the Man to Me Too Beautiful My Eyes So Soft The Diamond Takes Shape That Does Perish Chain You to My Body Covers Her Face with Both Hands Dog's Love Twenty-two: Stay with Us Stay with Us I Am Full of Love Tonight Many Lives Ago It Will Stretch Out Its Leg Some of the Planets Are Hosting What Is the Root? The Same Suntan For Three Days Twenty-three: A Clever Piece of Mutton A Clever Piece of Mutton Who Can Hear the Buddha Sing? Buttering the Sky How Fascinating Where Great Lions Love to Piss A Potent Lover An Astronomical Question I Wish I Could Speak Like Music In a Circus Booth Maybe Even Lucrative Troubled Twenty-four: The Silk Mandala The Silk Mandala A Forest Herb Your Camel Is Loaded to Sing Stealing Back the Flute Where the Drum Lost Its Mind Every City Is a Dulcimer Ruin Between Your Eye and This Page Practice This New Birdcall Twenty-five: I Know I Was the Water I Know I Was the Water With That Moon Language Without Brushing My Hair Integrity There When Space Is Not Rationed Birds of Passage Act Great The Only Material I Got Kin Only One Rule Your Thousand Limbs And Love Says