The Great Religions

by Hafiz (Daniel Ladinsky)

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Great religions are the

Poets the life

Every sane person I know has jumped

That is good for business
Isn't it


-- from The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master, by Daniel Ladinsky

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

This is one of my favorite poems by Ladinsky. It winks knowingly at us, inviting us in on the joke. Without saying much, it suggests a lot about the relationship between formal ideas of religion, genuine insight, freedom, and the poetic impulse.

Ready, one, two, three -- JUMP!

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The Great Religions