I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy [NOOK Book]

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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...
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I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440628535
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 265,350
  • File size: 135 KB

Meet 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.
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  • Posted November 27, 2009

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    My breath and heart

    The essence. I know many people have been unhappy with the artistic license that Daniel Ladinsky has taken with the translations of Hafiz! Yet I do not.

    Partly, because I know so much is lost in literal translation. My husband is from Japan, and he thought Shakespeare was a joke, until he watched it with me, and I could explain to him the tongue in cheek meanings in the use of the words. It also works the other way now.

    Perhaps if these were the only translations. But they are not, there are many literal translations, and they are all different. Which shows the depth of the language that is lost.

    For me, Mr. Ladinsky paints an image the dives directly into the hearts understanding. While the minds argue and garble about which is the true meaning .... the heart simply understands and leaves the fighting of words to those who love words.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    What a treat!

    A delightful treat! In a world plagued by violent religious convictions inflaming naormal human community frictions it is inspiring to hear a voice of laughter and compassion reminding us all of the wonder and joy of being part of of a living planet. Tired of ferverent demagogues? A delightful and thoughful antidote.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Great Poetry!

    Amazing poetry, and a great didgital copy too!

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Uplifting

    This is the perfect collection for those days when you're feeling out of touch with the divine or to affirm you when you are feeling just fine. The poems are beautiful, the translations accessible. This is a book worth reading and rereading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2006

    makes every day a great day

    I read this book at the end of every day and the wisdom of it lifts me right out of whatever ugly cloud I've gotten myself into during the day. The ancient wisdom combined with Daniel Ladinsky's wit and sense of what is clever is fantastic. I'm buying copies for everyone I know.

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