- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Inner Traditions; First Edition edition (July 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892816678
- ISBN-13: 978-0892816675
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spiritual Wisdom of Haféz: Teachings of the Philosopher of Love Hardcover – July 1, 1998
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"Hafez has no peer."
"Hafez fears nothing. He sees too far; he sees throughout; such is the only man I wish to see or be."
"Only the most enlightened of beings can benefit from the deepest human joys because within such beings resides a unique force of freedom and rapture. Their awareness rests in the house of spirit and their soul mates with their awareness meaning that which is discovered through awareness emanates from their soul and that which shines in the soul is known with awareness. This unity of spirit and mind is the legacy of Hafez."
"This beautifully written and nicely presented discourse on his life and work honors the poet as a significant figure whose influence resonates still."
"This book is an ideal introduction to the spiritual guidance offered in Hafez's verses." (Bodhi Tree Book Review, Winter 1999 / Spring 2000)
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: English, Persian
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When we are ready to hear a message, perhaps it presents itself. Perhaps I was just in the right place to meditatively receive some of the ideas in this book- and the book became the right vehicle for me to use to integrate these insights into my life. Many times I found the authors' words wise, gentle and compassionate.
While I have found that Daniel Ladinsky's translations of Hafez more accessable and pleasing to my ear, it helps that the authors include commentary about their translations that helped me understand what they felt the poems were saying.
The authors quote Hafez as saying that "The tale of love is only one story but it's wonderous- for every new version I hear is unique in itself." This book is indeed a tale of love: wonderful to my ear, comforting and inspiring to my heart.
Many people say Hafez cannot be translated well because he writes in an extremely complex manner. In so many translations, this is true. But this poetry is translated with a warm and true feeling for the rhythm and even the rhyme, a unique accomplishment. The book is filled with both the full poems and individual verses. The authors offer extensive discussions of the meanings.
Like another reviewer, I particularly liked the translation of The Wild Deer, a Hafez masterpiece which is not easily understood. This well-known poem conveys the teachings of the poet's whole life.
But perhaps the best part is that the author shares her personal lifetime understanding and study of this cultural being who is so loved by Persians, and now American readers can look at Hafez with affection, a little bit like Persians themselves do. This is a very different view than that of Western literary scholars, and it is so nice that it is now shared in an enlightening and gracious way by a Persian writer. It is a point of great cultural pride.
I recommend this writing to all lovers of poetry and good books.