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The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi

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Publisher Comments:

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 poeteven RumiHafiz 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 wordsto 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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Daniel Ladinsky’s stunning interpretations of 365 soul-nurturing poems—one for each day of the year—by treasured Persian lyric poet Hafiz

The poems of Hafiz are masterpieces of sacred poetry that nurture the heart, soul, and mind. With learned insight and a delicate hand, Daniel Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses. His renderings, presented here in 365 poignant poemsincluding a section based on the translations of Hafiz by Ralph Waldo Emerson—capture the compelling wisdom of one of the most revered Sufi poets. Intimate and often spiritual, these poems are beautifully sensuous, playful, wacky, and profound, and provide guidance for everyday life, as well as deep wisdom to savor through a lifetime.

About the Author

Daniel Ladinsky is an acclaimed translator of mystical poetry. 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. This is his fourth volume of Hafiz poetry in translation.

Daniel Ladinsky is an acclaimed translator of mystical poetry. 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. This is his fourth volume of Hafiz poetry in translation.

Table of Contents

The Subject Tonight Is Love Introduction

Where Dolphins Dance

The Woman I Love

Forgiveness Is the Cash

All the Hemispheres

The Vegetables

At This Party

Why All This Talk?

In a Handful of God

Because of Our Wisdom

We Keep Each Other Happy

Castrating an Ego

This Place Where You Are Right Now

In a Tree House

We Are a Couple of Barroom Sailors

No Other Kind of Light

Not with Wings

Venus Just Asked Me

The Size of the Love Bruise

The Theater of Freedom

You Say, I Say

Where Do You Think You Will Be?

The Day Sky

Among Strong Men

Beautiful Hands

Old Sweet Beggar

Out of the Mouths of a Thousand Birds

I Knew We Would Be Friends

Build a House for Men

That Sounds Wonderful

A Singing Cleaning Woman

Your Shape of Laughter

Something I Have Learned

And a Big Herd of Sweet Goats

Narrow the Difference

The Small Table of Time and Space

The Happy Virus

The Wonderful Lawlessness

They Call to You to Sing

Your Medicine

It Happens All the Time in Heaven

The Guardians of His Beauty

The Subject Tonight Is Love

I Saw You Dancing

Never Say It Is Not God

Absolutely Clear

Ten Thousand Idiots

To Anything That Moved

Carrying God

I Cherish Your Ears

Deepening the Wonder

Will Beat You Up

I Follow Barefoot

Join Me in the Pure Atmosphere

Some Angels Grumble

Playing in the Brilliance

Like the Ganges

And Acting So Cool

A Potted Plant

Just Sit There

A Suspended Blue Ocean

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143121619
Author:
Rumi, Mevlana Jalaluddin
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Ladinsky, Daniel
Author:
Hafiz
Author:
Various
Author:
Barton, Nancy Owen
Subject:
Sufism
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Compass
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.54 x 1.07 in 1.02 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
Daniel Ladinsky’s stunning interpretations of 365 soul-nurturing poems—one for each day of the year—by treasured Persian lyric poet Hafiz

The poems of Hafiz are masterpieces of sacred poetry that nurture the heart, soul, and mind. With learned insight and a delicate hand, Daniel Ladinsky explores the many emotions addressed in these verses. His renderings, presented here in 365 poignant poemsincluding a section based on the translations of Hafiz by Ralph Waldo Emerson—capture the compelling wisdom of one of the most revered Sufi poets. Intimate and often spiritual, these poems are beautifully sensuous, playful, wacky, and profound, and provide guidance for everyday life, as well as deep wisdom to savor through a lifetime.

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