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“Why Aren't We Screaming Drunks?

by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)
(1945? - ) Timeline


Original Language
English
Muslim / Sufi


Contemporary


The sun once glimpsed God's true nature
And has never been the same.

Thus that radiant sphere
Constantly pours its energy
Upon this earth
As does He from behind
The veil.

With a wonderful God like that
Why isn't everyone a screaming drunk?

Hafiz's guess is this:

Any thought that you are better or less
Than another man

Quickly
Breaks the wine
Glass.”
Daniel Ladinsky
“The
Great religions are the
Ships,

Poets the life
Boats.

Every sane person I know has jumped
Overboard.

That is good for business
Isn't it

Hafiz?”
Daniel Ladinsky
“What
Would
Happen if God leaned down

And gave you a full wet
Kiss?

Hafiz
Doesn't mind answering astronomical questions
Like that:

You would surely start
Reciting all day, inebriated,

Rogue-poems
Like
This.”
Daniel Ladinsky
“Good poetry, like music or a sweet touch, can doctor us up, be an antidote for an hour or longer, help us to get dressed for another day--combat the blues enough to mount the horse again; and maybe even aid in laying down the insidious weight of some old grudge or deep-rooted anxiety. Herein enters Rumi.”
Daniel Ladinsky, The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi
“My Lord told me a joke. And seeing Him laugh has done more for me than any scripture I will ever read.”
Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West
“Any thought that you are better or less
Than another man

Quickly
Breaks the wine
Glass.”
Daniel Ladinsky
“Show me where it hurts, God said, and every cell in my body burst into tears before His tender eyes. He has repaid me though for all my suffering in a way I never wanted: The sun is now in homage to my face, because it knows I have seen God. But that was not His payment. The soul cannot describe His gift. I just spoke about the sun like that because I like beautiful words, and because it is true: Creation is in homage to us.”
Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West
“God has never really spoken,
though a thought once crossed His mind.
It is the echo of divine
silence

we hear the birds sing, and that
is the source of all
we see and
touch.”
Daniel Ladinsky
“There is a courageous dying, it is called effacement. That holy death unfurls our spirit’s wings and allows us to embrace God even as we stand on the earth.”
Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West
“Dropping keys

The small man
Builds cages for everyone
He
Knows.

While the Sage,
Who has to duck his head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners.”
Daniel Ladinsky
“BIRDS DON’T BRAG ABOUT FLYING Birds don’t brag about flying the way we do. They don’t write books about it and then give workshops, they don’t take on disciples and spoil their own air time. Who could dance and achieve liftoff with a bunch of whackos tugging on you?”
Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West
“In a vision I heard this clearly whispered: Study those who sing the most, but are free of criticism and praise. Following this advice, things turned out just as I suspected: I started spending more time with birds.”
Daniel Ladinsky
“In a vision I heard this clearly whispered:
Study most those who sing the most, but are free of criticism and praise. Following this advice, things turned out just as I suspected:
I started spending more time with birds.”
Daniel Ladinsky


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