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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Something today by the great Persian -- that is, Iranian -- poet, Hafiz, in honor of the resurgence of the Green Revolution once again taking place in Iran.
O Winebringer, throw some of Your best wine in our face,
For it is time to wake up!
There are many ways to wake up, individually and collectively.
This is a poem that might be tempting to rush through, reading it, saying this or that image is pretty, and then moving on with the day. But stop. Take a few moments to really read it. Spend a little time with the lines. There is so much to be found in each couplet...
Remember what I've said about wine representing the bliss of spiritual union in Sufi poetry.
Clear your head so your heart will be happy,
And then mimic the words of the Beloved!
I've been rereading some things I've written in the past about the power of poetry. I thought they might be worth sharing again...
Sacred experience, truth, is too all-encompasing, too immense for descriptive prose. The language of prose attempts to box in meaning, whereas poetry allows meaning to gather. The elastic nature of poetry is better suited to the sacred experience, relaying the truth of the experience without attempting to circumscribe it. This is why mystics in every culture write poetry.
Poetry has an immediate effect on the mind. The simple act of reading poetry alters thought patterns and the shuttle of the breath. Poetry induces trance. Its words are chant. Its rhythms are drum beats. Its images become the icons of the inner eye. Poetry is more than a description of the sacred experience; it carries the experience itself.
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