“Everything Points to God” (Hafiz)

For reasons that words can not explain, the poets are feeding my soul and giving me delicious glimpses of God (yes, note the paradox).  So, I continue with sharing some of my favorite Poets and their writings.  Please drink deeply of the great Persian Poet, Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī, also known as Hafiz (Hafez).  May we all realize the truth of this poem, that indeed with awakened eyes and heart we know that everything points to God.

Forget every idea of right and wrong
Any classroom ever taught you

Because an empty heart, a tormented mind,
Unkindness, jealousy and fear
Are always the testimony
You have been completely fooled!

Turn your back on those
Who would imprison your wondrous spirit
With deceit and lies.

Come, join the honest company
Of the King’s beggars—
Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns
And those astonishing fair courtesans
Who need Divine Love every night.

Come, join the courageous
Who have no choice
But to bet their entire world
That indeed,
Indeed, God is Real.

I will lead you into the Circle
Of the Beloved’s cunning thieves,
Those playful royal rogues—
The ones you can trust for true guidance—
Who can aid you
In this Blessed Calamity of life.

Lover,
Look at the Perfect One
At the Circle’s Center:

He Spins and Whirls like a Golden Compass,
Beyond all that is Rational,

To show this dear world

That Everything,
Everything in Existence
Does point to God.

 

Hafiz
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