"You Are with the Friend Now"
Hafiz describes some of the preparations required for the inner "Journey of Love."
He urges us to let go of habitual negative attitudes and unnecessary attachments,
which only weigh us down.
The special gift of this friend is a poetry unique in world literature, a poetry that
celebrates every expression of love in the universe.
'I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The Astonishing Light Of your own Being"
Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389), though little known in the Western world, is the most beloved poet of Persia (Iran). To Persians, the poems of Hafiz are not "classical literature" from a remote past, but cherished wisdom from a dear and intimate friend.
The lyrics of Hafiz overflow with a profound appreciation of the beauty and richness of life when seen through the eyes of love. With unerring insight, he explores the feelings and motives associated with every level of love, tracing each nuance of emotion in depth and detail.
His poetry outlines the stages of the mystic's "path of love" that journey of inner unfolding in which love dissolves personal boundaries and limitations to join larger processes of growth and transformation. Through these processes, human love becomes divine love and the lover merges ultimately with the source and goal of all love, which Hafiz calls the Divine Beloved.
"When a snake sheds its old skin it does the work completely by itself,
When it is ready to shed, no other snake has to help "pull off" the old skin.
It happens naturally and gracefully.
Similarly for us, humans, when releasing old patterns,
YOU got to do the work...
nobody can do it for you...
When you are ready
YOU will make it happen
naturally, fully, happily,
...a new beginning!"