Finding God

No more leaving

A poem by Hafiz


At some point

Your relationship with God

Will become like this:


Next time you meet Him in the forest

Or on a crowded city street


There won’t be any more



That is,

God will climb into

Your pocket.


You will simply just take




From: ‘The Gift’

Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Finding God

Tripping Over Joy

What is the difference
between your experience of Existence
and that of a Saint?

The saint knows
that the spiritual path
is a sublime chess game with God
and that the Beloved
has just made a fantastic move
that the saint is now continually
tripping over joy
and bursting out in Laughter
and saying, “I surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
you have a thousand moves.