- Paperback: 161 pages
- Publisher: Sufism Reoriented; First Edition edition (January 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915828189
- ISBN-13: 978-0915828180
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz First Edition Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Hafiz has influenced and nourished a great many through the years. In the West, inspired notables include Goethe, Nietzsche, Byron, Hugo and Emerson. Emerson wrote of Hafiz in his journals, "He fears nothing. He sees too far; he sees throughout; such is the only man I wish to see and be." And Goethe exclaimed, "This is madness, I know well, Hafiz has no peer!"
_I Heard God Laughing_ is a perfect gem of a book. Go ahead. Take Hafiz home with you. Why--he may even lead the way, dancing and singing all the while.
We should make all spiritual talk
God is trying to sell you something,
But you don't want to buy.
That is what your suffering is:
Your fantastic haggling,
Your manic screaming over the price!
Two of many others that have brought me moments of complete clarity and comfort are: You Don't Have to Act Crazy Anymore (after the death of my crack addict friend), and We Should Talk About This Problem (when I felt distant from a loved one). That one begins with these words:
There is a Beautiful Creature
Living in a hole you have dug.
Later in the poem there is this line:
I have fallen in love with Someone
Who hides inside you.
Whether the capitalizations matter to you or not, you'll appreciate this poem if you are one of the lovers mentioned above! This book is a treasure.
Of course something is lost in translation with most all poetry, one sees only a single frame of a changing kaleidoscope. There is a passion glimmered here that seems most intense.
The translations are incredible, the poetry is awesome, and I love the history and context section in the back of the book. I carry it with me whenever I travel, I read a poem every night. It's really wonderful, it makes it so that no matter how terrible my day was, it can end beautifully.
Buy it, it will change your life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely the most terrible translation I have ever seen. this garbage has NO Sufi feeling at all and NO respect to Hafiz original words: im sharing this review of another buyer... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jumie
Very good quality and value for money. I like this book much much more than the present low-cost edition, which is an insult to the beautiful content. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bhariavi
I gave five stars to this beautiful book "I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz" because it is no longer available new at a reasonable price. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Doris Yokelson