Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West

Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West

by Daniel Ladinsky (Translator)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142196120
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Series: Compass Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 134,804
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.37(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel Ladinsky has published three previous translations of Hafiz's poems, The Gift, The Subject Tonight Is Love, and I Heard God Laughing, as well as a collection of translations of poems by twelve mystics and saints, Love Poems From God. His most recent collection is The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi. 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. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Love Poems from GodPreface
The Genesis of These Poems
St. Francis of Assisi
Meister Eckhart
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Teresa of Avila
St. John of the Cross
Works Consulted
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
EAG More than 1 year ago
This book is a God send for all who truly want to witness that God has been everywhere all of the time manifesting in the same way for all of eternity. To comb the depths of God's everlasting mercy and the mystery of God's Love and compassion read the biographical portion for each one of these saints (they went through hell each in their own way) and then read the poems and come to understand the Love that purified and purged them of all evil rendering them capable of loving everyone and everything in that Divine Marriage of the Soul with God. May we all be elevated to such heights, may the Spirit of The Lord of Love open our minds and hearts to Truth that we may understand and surrender and most of all FORGIVE. This book is a Spirit saver, especially for those who find dogmatic religion difficult, and those who are hungry for Spiritual nourishment and a God that is Real. I pray all who read this be filled with compassion for all that walk in darkness, and faithfully come to understand that in the end they are all in a way saved by God's loving Grace. All that will forever remain is Pure Love, everything else completely annihilated and forgotten, and yet in this very moment of the Eternal Present all can through total surrender become One with that Pure Love dying to the petty self and dissolving into Bliss thus realizing eternity. God Bless!
porian on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Oh my gosh, awesome book! Simple translations and the visuals of the text get on your nerves after awhile, but the material is amazing. Although I'm really interested how others would translate these, I've got so many of these poems marked. They feel like the beauty of the thought was the key factor in the translation and not a word for word translation. Any of the poems in the St. Teresa of St. John sections are wonderful mines to meditate on. Hafiz and Rabia were some really nice finds, but St Thomas Aquinas really surprised me with the intamacy that he uses. Here's a gem from the book by Hafiz: "Two Giant Fat People" God/ and I have become/ like two giant fat people living/ in a tiny/ boat./ We/ keep bumping into/ each other/ and/ laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a book to be read caualy, but to sit and mull over. The friends who received it were very grateful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to own a book that you can open up and hear God whispering to your heart, Love Poems is that book. Within its pages, Daniel Ladinsky, best known for his renderings of Hafiz, brings the reader gifts from powerful sages such as St. Francis, Meister Eckhard, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Sienna, Teresa of Avila, and St John of the Cross. He also offers the wisdom found in Rumi, Hafiz and several lesser known Eastern sages such as Kabir, Rabia, Mira and Tukaram. In this rare book one can experiance the wisdom of the East and the West as a seamless tapestry. Here many colors and textures are woven together with one overarching purpose: to offer us the warmth and comfort of the One God, Creator of us all. As one reads and re-reads the over 300 poems, one can feel a subtle continuity running through the colorful diversity. It is, of course, the love of God, but offered through a loving heart as well. It seems to me that before these poems could be rendered by the author's hand, they would have to spend months of gestation deep within his heart. Some of the radient Light that runs like a golden thread throughout this book, which serves to warm and enlighten us, comes from the surrogate who imagined each poem and gave it birth. It is he who taught each to walk, then dance and even soar. I experienced God's whisper in these pages, but every reader will be wooed gradually to see, hear, and feel that the God of East and West are One, the God of Abraham. I have never bought so many copies of a book before. I buy them and give them to those who can benefit from hearing the voice of the tender God and can benefit from remembering we are all children of the One God. (Couldn't we stop wars this way?) I am a therapist and spiritual director. I recommend Ladinsky's work to all those who long to hear Love Poems from God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection is really nice. Its 381 pages so its hefty, a book you take to a park or the woods and chill out, meditate maybe even memorize some. The introductions are readable and help place the men and women writers in a historical context. I liked Rabia of Basra (c.717-801) she is an 'Islamic saint'. The intro says 'a bit shocking' but I found it mild. Yet it was very interesting I do not know much about Islamic religious poetry, it probably sounds wonderful song in the original language. There do not seem to be any great Protestant poems which is hard to understand what with their great songs.