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Sacred poetry from twelve mystics and saints, rendered brilliantly through Daniel Ladinsky, loved interpreter of verses through the fourteenth-century Persian poet Hafiz

In this luminous assortment, Daniel Ladinsky—best identified for his talented and bestselling interpretations of the good Sufi poet Hafiz—brings jointly the undying paintings of twelve of the world's best religious writers, six from the East and 6 from the West. once more Ladinsky unearths his expertise for growing profound and playful renditions of vintage poems for a latest viewers. Rumi's joyous, ecstatic love poems; St. Francis's loving observations of nature during the eyes of Catholicism; Kabir's wild, liberating humor that synthesizes Hindu, Muslim, and Christian ideals; St. Teresa's sensual verse; and the paranormal, therapeutic phrases of Sufi poet Hafiz—these in addition to inspiring works by means of Rabia, Meister Eckhart, St. Thomas Aquinas, Mira, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the go, and Tukaram are all "love poems by way of God," from writers thought of to be "conduits of the divine." a religious treasure to cherish constantly.

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Over and over we regard them with the precision and kindness that allow them to gradually calm down. Sometimes it feels like there’s much more space, with just a few yips and yaps here and there. Of course the noise will continue. We aren’t trying to get rid of those dogs. But once we’ve touched in with the spaciousness of rikpa, it begins to permeate everything. Once we’ve even had a glimpse of spaciousness, if we practice with maitri, it will continue to expand. It expands into our resentment.

They are anything that makes us so uncomfortable that we continually run away. We do the big escape: we act out, say something, slam a door, hit someone, or throw a pot as a way of not facing what’s happening in our hearts. Or we shove the feelings under and somehow deaden the pain. We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds. All over the world, people are so caught in running that they forget to take advantage of the beauty around them. We become so accustomed to speeding ahead that we rob ourselves of joy.

Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know. When things fall apart and we’re on the verge of we know not what, the test for each of us is to stay on that brink and not concretize. The spiritual journey is not about heaven and finally getting to a place that’s really swell. In fact, that way of looking at things is what keeps us miserable. Thinking that we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly.

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