Vivid translations by Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, Meher Baba, and others combine with Michael and Saliha Green's stunning illustrations to bring the immortal poetry of the great Persian master Hafiz to life
“There is this matter
of the light in my eyes.
If you want to know the Friend,
don’t expect elegant arguments!
Demand a blessing
from one who gives you joy.”
—Hafiz (tr. Barks)
“Hafiz is without peer!” exclaimed Goethe. Known as “The Tongue of the Hidden Mysteries,”Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz of Shirazis the most revered of Persian poets. When the Sun of Infinite Reality dawned in his being, he poured forth mystic verse so sublime it touched the hearts of kings and commoners alike.
Hafiz’s poems of intimate divine love spread through the East in his lifetime, then into the West, influencing such luminaries as Emerson, Brahms, Queen Victoria, Nietzsche, and Garcia Lorca. Today, nearly 700 years after his death, the unmatched genius and bold wit of Hafiz continues to ignite hearts and intoxicate souls everywhere.
The Illuminated Hafiz brings together vivid translations by Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, Meher Baba, Peter Booth, and others with the luminous art of Michael and Saliha Green, weaving them into a stunning contemporary presentation in the tradition of classical Persian illuminated manuscripts and unveiling the mysteries of the path of love.
Come, raise a cup! Join with Hafiz and his incomparable love poems in a holy revel on the journey into light.
“Savor every page ofThe Illuminated Hafiz. It will soothe your soul and heal the wounds inflicted by reason.”—Deepak Chopra, MD
“In these fractious times when the beauty of Islam has been obscured by a haze of misunderstanding, this collection lifts a lineage of loving-kindness, passionate devotion and perfected wisdom back into the light. The poems of Hafiz, exquisitely translated here and illuminated with the transformative power of Persian calligraphy and luscious imagery, are rooted in an ancient and yet perennial spiritual garden, offering a luminous remedy to the aching heart of humanity. Highly recommended.”—Mirabai Starr, author ofCaravan of No Despair andWild Mercy
“This is an exciting collection of the pearls of Sufi master Hafiz’s poetry of yearning and realization. This book brings Hafiz to life. Here for the first time are a variety of prominent translators’ renditions enhanced by the gorgeous illuminated art of Michael and Saliha Green.”—H. Talat Halman, PhD, associate professor of religion, Central Michigan University
“The Awakened Heart and clear wisdom of Hafiz rises from these pages as perfume through elegant translations and beautiful images. What a wonderful contribution to guide the unfolding of human compassion, integrity, service, and freedom.”—Shabda Kahn, Pir (spiritual director) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International and co-author ofPhysicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah.
“Hafiz is a poet’s poet, seer, and teacher, andThe Illuminated Hafiz splendidly brings forth his sublime ghazals for us today—pollen from the heart’s garden and pith heartwood of the tree of life. When I open my already well-worn copy, point my finger to what my eye falls upon, and listen—invariably, it’s perfect guidance. Ubiquitous ambrosia.”—Gary Gach, author ofPause Breathe SmileandThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism;editor of What Book!?
“We are living in a transitional moment in the life of our planet. It is clear we cannot continue doing business as usual, but what motivating force will lead us to make the deep, systems-level changes that are needed to benefit all living things, to regenerate the damage we have done all over the world, and restore planetary health? InThe Illuminated Hafiz, we find profound inspiration in the poetry of great spiritual genius that can take us beyond our separate selves and our limited imaginations to the place in the heart where Love dwells. And in Love we discover connectedness and the true power to generate all the change we need.”—Robert Smith, founder of Investment Community Visibility (ICV), member of the Sustainable Investing Advisory Board of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
“The Illuminated Hafiz is so much more than a gorgeous new offering of faithful translations of the great poet of love. This book is alive. Light pours off each page in a sacred marriage of Hafiz’s eternal words and Michael and Saliha Green’s heart-exploding art. Even if you’re familiar with others’ works of Hafiz, open your eyes and be blessed to meet him once more, as if for the first time.”—Janet Conner, author ofWriting Down Your Soul andSoul Vows, and creator of thePraying at the Speed of Love podcast
“Rare, indeed, when artistic image so passionately weds heaven-sent spirit word, but here it is! Michael and Saliha Green’s exquisite illustrations make you pause in awe. Together in divine conspiracy with Hafiz’s wisdom, we readers are catapulted into the seventh heaven.”—Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Art Museum
“Exquisite, essential, not only the indelible poems of Hafiz to settle and restore your soul, but images to awaken your deepest seeing. Feast upon this glorious book!”—Naomi Shihab Nye, Young People’s Poet Laureate, the Poetry Foundation 2019–2021
“This exquisite volume encourages us to ‘Be glad, because every perfect thing is on its way to nonexistence.’ What a relief! The Greens and Barton have outdone themselves with a sublime blend of beauteous, universal, sacred imagery, translations, and commentary which convey what is ‘a thousand times higher than the house of reason.’ Hafiz asks, ‘Is there a need for appeal when we’re already with The Generous?’ Hafiz further requests, ‘Fill me with your love for being Awake.’ Would that all of our hearts had no other desire but to be Awake! These souls, this group of Friends, inour age, who have translated the master, help us all to travel beyond ‘the house of reason’ back in to the arms of The One.” —Gray Henry, an admirer from Fons Vitae
“Michael and Saliha Green’sThe Illuminated Hafiz is intoxicating. They’ve created an alchemical blend of brilliant translation and transcendent illustration to be sipped slowly as you are surrendered into the arms of the Beloved and awake in, with, and as the One Who is All.” —Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author ofPerennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent
“Knowing Michael Green’s extraordinary catalogue of work, I was excited to receive a copy ofThe Illuminated Hafiz. This work is a transmission of the highest order, the images, poetry, and prose are love potions for the soul, healing, uplifting, and transforming. I cannot speak highly enough of the most beautiful art that is contained in this work; it is nothing less than a love letter from the divine, clearing and forgiving and inviting one and all into the eternal adventure of the Great Embrace. Michael Green, in collaboration with his artist wife, Saliha, and the translators have produced somethingof inestimable value that will be considered a ‘family treasure’ for all the years to come.” —Ben Bowler, executive director, UNITY EARTH
“The Illuminated Hafizawakens our hearts to the magic and lyrical poetry of the great Hafez. Each page unveils a colorful world of pure delight and splendor, filled with images and words that stir our spirits to dance in utter joy. Saliha and Michael Green have created a magnificent book that is a true gift for all the senses!” —Mitra Rahbar, spiritual guide, healer, singer, and author ofMiraculous Silence: A Journey to Illumination and Healing Through Prayer
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