Hafiz

A Quote by Hafiz on hafiz, courage, love, and self

Dividing God
The moon starts singing
When everyone is asleep
And the planets throw a bright robe
Around their shouldersand whirl up
Close to her side.

Once I asked the moon,
Why do you and your sweet friends
Not perform so romantically like that
To a larger crowd?

And the whole sky chorus resounded,

"The admission price to hear
The lofty minstrels
Speak of love

Is affordable only to those
Who have not exhausted themselves
Dividing God all day
And thus need rest.

The thrilled Tavern fiddlers
Who are perched on the roof

Do not want their notes to intrude
Upon the ears
Where an accountant lives
With a sharp pencil
Keeping score of words
Another
In their great sorrow or sad anger
May have once said
To you."

Hafiz knows:
The sun will stand as your best man
And whistle
When you have found the courage
To marry forgiveness

When you have found the courage
to marry
Love.

Hafiz

Source: "The Gift", p136

Contributed by: Equanimous one...

A Quote by Hafiz on hafiz, spiritual poetry, and stillness

Curfews
Noise
Is a cruel ruler

Who is always imposing
Curfews.

While
Stillness and quiet
Break open the vintage
Bottles,

Awake the real
Band.

Hafiz

Source: The Gift, p51

Contributed by: Equanimous one...

A Quote by Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz) on sufi, sufism, mystic, persia, whirling, and dervish

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger
because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His - the Christ's, our
Beloved's.
 
I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as
we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way
to even a greater being of soul,
a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play
with Him.

I have come into this world to hear this:
every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in
the Divine's womb and began spinning from
His wish,

every song by wing and fin and hoof,
every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,
every song of stream and rock,
 
every song of tool and lyre and flute,
every song of gold and emerald
and fire,

every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity
to know itself as
God:
for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching -
only imbibing the glorious Sun
will complete us.
 
I have come into this world to experience this:
men so true to love
they would rather die before speaking
an unkind
word,
men so true their lives are His covenant -
the promise of
hope.

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands
even at the height of
their arc of
rage
because we have finally realized
there is just one flesh
 we can wound.

Hafiz

Contributed by: rachaelbrady

A Quote by Hafiz on sufi, mystic, persia, hafiz, loving yourself, and god

Remember for just one minute of the day, it would be best to try looking upon yourself more as God does, for She knows your true royal nature.

Hafiz

Contributed by: rachaelbrady

A Quote by Hafiz on sufi, sufism, mystic, persia, whirling, and dervish

"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."

Hafiz

Contributed by: rachaelbrady

A Quote by Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz)

Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.

If you had the courage and could give the Beloved His choice,
Some nights He would just drag you around the room by your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.

Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds all your erroneous notions of truth
That make you fight within yourself, dear one,
And with others,
Causing the world to weep on too many fine days.

God wants to manhandle us,
Lock us up in a tiny room with Himself
And practice His dropkick.
The Beloved sometimes wants to do us a great favor:
Hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.

But when we hear He is in such a "playful drunken mood"
Most everyone I know quickly packs their bags
And hightails it out of town.

Hafiz

Source: The Gift By Hafiz, 14th-century poet Translated into English by Daniel Ladinsky

Contributed by: Michael-ji

A Quote by Hafiz on sufi, sufism, mystic, persia, whirling, and dervish

 

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.

Hafiz

Contributed by: rachaelbrady

A Quote by Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz) on joy and spiritual path

Tripping over Joy

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'm afraid you still think

You have a thousand serious moves.

Hafiz

Source: I heard God Laughing

Contributed by: Esther

A Quote by Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz) on journey, love, and saint

What Happens

What happens when your soul
Begins to awaken
Your eyes
And your heart
And the cells of your body
To the great Journey of Love?

First there is wonderful laughter
And probably precious tears

And a hundred sweet promises
And those heroic vows
No one can ever keep.

But still God is delighted and amused
You once tried to be a saint.
 
What happens when your soul
Begins to awake in this world
 
To our deep need to love
And serve the Friend?
 
O the Beloved
Will send you
One of His wonderful, wild companions -

Like Hafiz.

Hafiz

Source: I heard God Laughing

Contributed by: Esther

A Quote by Shams-ud-din Muhammad (Hafiz) on mind and god

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Pulling out the chair

Pulling out the chair
Beneath your mind
And watching you fall upon God –

What else is there
For Hafiz to do
That is any fun in this world!

Hafiz

Source: I heard God Laughing

Contributed by: Esther

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