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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
It's been far too long since we last had a selection by Hafiz, so today... A New World.
split open the skies and start anew on creation.
The lines of this poem read like lovely poetic embellishments, but there is more going on here than ecstatic wordplay. Beneath the poetry, Hafiz is using precise esoteric language. The "rose" of the rose water. A "fire" that is also sweet. Becoming as egoless as dust before the West Wind... Meanings to contemplate and explore within.
If mind desires to return while heart cries to stay,
here's a quarrel for love's deliberation.
I particularly like these lines. The "mind" Hafiz is talking about is the conceptualizing, projecting mind. It is this mind that must be absent (or stilled) before we can see reality directly. When we do this, our sense of self shifts. We no longer imagine ourselves to be the little ego, we find ourselves centered deeply at home within the heart. For the first time we fully recognize the heart as being present.
But -- if the mind desires to return once we have discovered the presence of the heart, well, that's a dilemma... "a quarrel of love's deliberation."
come, Hafez, let's create a new generation.
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