Hafiz was a Persian poet from the 14th century who became acclaimed throughout the Islamic world during his lifetime, and remains one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets today (“A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful, parched holy mouth.“)
Here is Hafiz on laughter:
Be full of sorrow, that you may become hill of joy; weep, that you may break into laughter.
Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl
I have a thousand brilliant lies for the question: How are you? I have a thousand brilliant lies for the question: What is God? If you think that the Truth can be known from words, if you think that the sun and the ocean can pass through that tiny opening called the mouth, someone should start laughing! Someone should start wildly laughing now!
May this marriage be blessed. May this marriage be as sweet as milk and honey. May this marriage be as intoxicating as old wine. May this marriage be fruitful like a date tree. May this marriage be full of laughter and everyday a paradise. May this marriage be a seal of compassion for here and hereafter. May this marriage be as welcome as the full moon in the night sky. Listen lovers, now you go on, as I become silent and kiss this blessed night.
Only a Perfect One who is always laughing at the word two can make you know of Love.
Sing because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh because that is the purest sound.
Sometimes in order to help He makes us cry
Happy the eye that sheds tears for His sake
Fortunate the heart that burns for His sake
Laughter always follow tears
Blessed are those who understand
Life blossoms wherever water flows
Where tears are shed divine mercy is shown
The core of the seen and unseen universe smiles, but remember smiles come best from those who weep. Lightning, then the rain-laughter.
There are many ways to the Divine. I have chosen the ways of song, dance, and laughter.
What is this precious love and laughter budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound of a soul waking up!
Within tears, find hidden laughter
Seek treasures amid ruins, sincere one.
What is Laughter? What is Laughter?
It is God waking up! O it is God waking up!
It is the sun poking it sweet head out
From behind a cloud
You have been carrying too long.
Veiling your eyes and heart.
It is Light breaking ground for a great Structure
That is your Real body— called truth.
It is happiness applauding itself and then taking flight
To embrace everyone and everything in this world.
Laughter is the polestar
Held in the sky by our Beloved
Who eternally says,
“Yes, dear ones, come this way,
Come this way toward Me and Love!
Come with your tender mouths moving
And your beautiful tongues conducting songs
And with your movements– your magic movements
of hands and feet and glands and cells– Dancing!
Know that to God’s Eye,
All movement is a Wondrous Language,
And Music–such exquisite, wild Music!”
O what is laughter Hafiz?
What is this precious love and laughter
Budding in our hearts?
It is the glorious sound
Of a soul waking up!
I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz
by Daniel Ladinsky. Mobius Press, Oakland, CA, pp. 125.
More quotes by Hafiz
An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.
Be kind to your sleeping heart. Take it out into the vast fields of light…And let it breathe.
Carry your heart through this world like a life-giving sun.
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.
For a day, just for one day, talk about that which disturbs no one and bring some peace into those beautiful eyes.
God and I have built an immense fire together. We keep each other happy and warm.
I once asked a bird, how is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness? She responded, ‘love lifts me.
Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude for life.
Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins that may buy you just a moment of pleasure, but then drag you for days like a broken man behind a farting camel.
Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.
Now is the time to understand that all your ideas of right and wrong were just a child’s training wheels to be laid aside when you finally live with veracity and love.
People say that the soul, on hearing the song of creation, entered the body, but in reality the soul itself was the song.
The beauty of You delights me. The sight of You amazes me. For the pearl does this… and the ocean does that.
The earth would die if the sun stopped kissing her.
The heart is a thousand stringed instrument that can only be tuned with love.
The sun will stand as your best man and whistle when you have found the courage to marry forgiveness when you have found the courage to marry Love.
This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.
Time is a factory where everyone slaves away earning enough love to break their own chains.
Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends.
We are people who need to love, because Love is the soul’s life, Love is simply creation’s greatest joy.
We have not come here to take prisoners but to surrender ever more deeply to freedom and joy.
What do sad people have in common? It seems they have all built a shrine to the past and often go there and do a strange wail and worship. What is the beginning of Happiness? It is to stop being so religious like that.
What is the root of all these words? One thing: Love. But a love so deep and sweet it needed to express itself with scents, sounds, colors that never before existed.
When all your desires are distilled you will cast just two votes: To love more, and be happy.
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