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I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy [Kindle Edition]

Hafiz , Daniel Ladinsky
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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From the renowned translator of The Gift, a rich collection that brings the great Sufi poet to Western readers

To Persians , the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend that continue to be quoted in daily life. With uncanny insight, Hafiz captures the many forms and stages of love. His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic's "path of love"-a journey in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation. With this stunning collection, Ladinsky has succeeded brilliantly in translating the essence of one of Islam's greatest poetic and spiritual voices. BACKCOVER: "If you haven't yet had the delight of dining with Daniel Ladinsky's sweet, playful renderings of the musings of the great saints, I Heard God Laughing is a perfect appetizer. . . . This newly released edition of his first playful foray into Hafiz's divinely inspired poetry is essential reading . . . . Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West."
-Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor






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“If you haven’t yet had the delight of dining with Daniel Ladinsky’s sweet, playful renderings of the musings of the great saints, I Heard God Laughing is a perfect appetizer.... This newly released edition of his first playful foray into Hafiz’s divinely inspired poetry is essential reading . . . . Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West.” —Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor

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"If you haven’t yet had the delight of dining with Daniel Ladinsky’s sweet, playful renderings of the musings of the great saints, I Heard God Laughing is a perfect appetizer. . . . This newly released edition of his first playful foray into Hafiz’s divinely inspired poetry is essential reading . . . . Ladinsky is a master who will be remembered for finally bringing Hafiz alive in the West."
—Alexandra Marks, The Christian Science Monitor

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  • File Size: 178 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001R9DI8O
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
So much Beauty! Hafiz is pure joy and a perfect friend. For Hafiz, Only Love is Real.

I Heard God Laughing, in continuous print for the past eleven years, serves as a beacon of pure light, trueing our compass on our journey to God. In these brilliant, deeply tender, witty, and full hearted renderings, Ladinsky releases the true spirit of this most beloved Persian poet and spiritual teacher and makes him fully accessible to our times.

Hafiz has influenced and nourished many writers, poets and scholars through the centuries, including Nietzsche, Byron, Hugo, Lorca, Goethe and Emerson.
If you're interested in knowing more about some of these eminent poets own words about translations/renderings read on, below, following these gems....

Your Beautiful Parched Holy Mouth

A poet is someone
Who can pour Light into a cup,
Then raise it
To nourish
Your beautiful, parched, holy mouth.

an excerpt from " A Golden Compass"

Forget every idea of right and wrong
Any classroom ever taught you,

Because
An empty heart, a tormented mind,
Unkindness, jealousy and fear

Are always the testimony
You have been completely fooled!

Turn your back on those
Who would imprison your wondrous spirit
With deceit and lies.

Come, join the honest company
Of the King's beggars--
Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns
And those astonishing fair courtesans
Who need Divine Love every night.

Come, join the courageous
Who have no choice
But to bet their entire world
That indeed,
Indeed, God is Real.....
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ladinsky poems masquerading as Hafiz June 29, 2007
Format:Paperback
People should be aware that Daniel Ladinsky writes his own original poems, which are inspired by Hafiz, and then calls them "poems by Hafiz". Ladinsky does not translate Hafiz, and his poems do not resemble the legitimate works of Hafiz. THIS IS NOT A COLLECTION OF HAFIZ. They are beautiful poems in their own right, but they are marketed under a deceptive pretense. By all means, read the poems that Hafiz actually wrote.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Better February 28, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read other translators of Hafiz, Rumi, etc. and while I do not speak the original language, I cannot imagine a more truthful and present-time translation of Hafiz totally in keeping with the spirit of his words. I am a poet myself and the good ones make meanings that transcend their own words. Ladinsky taps into Hafiz's meanings and the joy that bubbles up from it is contagious. Every single poem makes Hafiz's spirit come alive garbed in bright shiny eyes and compassionate heart -- looking right at you. It is said that in Arab countries the average person on the street can and will quote Hafiz by heart. You need crucial images to do that. A humdrum or more accurate interpretation in English will not stick to the ears nor the heart. How's this for memorable lines:

"You better start kissing me -- or else!"

"You don't have to act crazy anymore --
We all know you were good at that."

"The stars get clearly drunk
And crazy at night
And throw themselves
Across the sky."

"I know the way you can get
When you have not had a drink of Love."

"Do you know how beautiful you are?
I think not, my dear.
Yet Hafiz could set you upon a Stage
And worship you forever!"

"I have a thousand brilliant lies
For the question, How are you?"

And finally,
"A poet is someone
Who can pour Light into a spoon,
Then raise it to nourish
Your beautiful parched, holy mouth."

If God is the Light and Hafiz is the spoon, then Daniel Ladinsky is the one holding you upright to receive the gift.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hafiz will touch your heart and make you laugh! January 28, 2007
Format:Paperback
I Heard God Laughing, a wonderful book, who could imagine Hafiz from the l4th century would touch us all. The poems can be read over and over and I find I fall deeper and deeper into them, their beauty and love come through in Landinsky's translations. I highly recommend the books, also recommend " The Subject Tonight is Love", and "Love Poems from God" all by Landinsky. I can't say enough about the beauty of his translations, a masterful job he has done.

For anyone wanting to go deeper into relationship with yourself, a partner, etc, turn off the tv, and open one of Landinsky's books and read to your Beloved........it's very sweet, and afterall, isn't that why we are here, to be in relationship and dialogue with each other.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecstatic and Visceral...glorious September 24, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What my heart feels when I view a sunset or a baby giggling may differ markedly from what another feels or interprets. Ladinsky's work may leave some cold...which is okay as we all view life through self-adopted filters. But if you startled by an occasional or surprising glimpse of a numinous and swirling piece of the Divine and an unexpected and overwhelming sense of love and compassion, you'll find these poems a homecoming. The 'debate' over the 'accuracy' of Ladinsky's translation of Hafiz is distracting and, in fact, quite irrelevant. It doesn't matter if you dance with Ladinsky or Hafiz or Rabia or Mirabai...the poetry is ecstatic and the dance exquisite.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One a Day keeps the Blues Away
These poems are not only beautiful, but inspirational! One a day makes you just feel good!
Published 4 days ago by toes knows
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful translation
I love the simplicity of his writing. The translation is beautiful--I think the language is what he would have used if he were living in our time. Caroline
Published 1 month ago by Carol Ziel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Absolutely fantastic collection of poems. I would strongly recommend renting, or better yet purchasing, this book. It is absolutely lovely.
Published 1 month ago by Rosanna Willhite
1.0 out of 5 stars Ladinsky's Ersatz Hafez
Translation is complicated in that the veracity of the work must be taken on faith if one does not know the original language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by darvish khan
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring poetry beautifully translated
The translation of this profoundly meaningful and beautiful poetry makes it emotionally accessible and inspiring to anyone regardless of spiritual faith or lack thereof. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark T. Cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent poetry
Comforting words of the poet Hamiz, excellent vignettes of his life as well. So glad this book is available in Kindle form.
Published 3 months ago by Marika Jansson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hafiz is a treasure
I am never disappointed by his wonderful work. The Gift is definitely the best the best Hafiz collection out there. Daniel Ladisnky is the best translator for his work. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TheUrbanRecluse
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly touching
These Hafiz interpretations are in easy grasp at all times, and I keep them close. I have a copy on my phone as well.
Published 3 months ago by JohnM
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous words
This is the author's take, not verbatim Hafiz, but I re-read it at least monthly. The poems are so beautiful!!
Published 4 months ago by Rochell Van Deurzen
5.0 out of 5 stars I heard God Laughing
This was the 5th copy I purchased for friends. It is one of my favored bedtime books, and is a must for everyone who enjoys
Eastern philosophy or metaphysics. Thank you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by hanna bush
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