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Spiritual (but none of that Jesus freak stuff) Poetry

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A collection of ancient poet-seers in new translation. Beauty, life and love.
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Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West

  • Jun 16, 2010
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This is my all-time favorite book. A collection of 12 of the greatest spiritual thinker/writers from the East and the West, Ladinsky's translation makes them sing! I regularly give this as a gift, whether as a celebration or a reminder of the grace that's all around us.
 
This volume includes Sufi great Hafiz, of course (Ladinsky made his name translating him the way Coleman Barks made his name translating Rumi), as well as St. Francis, Kabir, St. Teresa, Meister Eckhart, Rabia, St. Thomas Aquinas, Rumi and others. It’s like a fabulous movie soundtrack of spiritual enlightenment.
 
Samples of this love:
 
TROUBLEMAKERS (Rabia)
Since no one really knows anything about God, 

those who think they do are just 

troublemakers.
 
 
AN IMAGE THAT MAKES THEM SAD (Eckhart)
How long will grown men and women in this world
Keep drawing in their coloring books
An image of God that
Makes them
Sad?
 
 
CAPAX UNIVERSI (Aquinas) (portion)
Capax universi, capable of the universe are your arms
When they move with love.
 
As capable a God
Are we.
 
 
THE SUN NEVER SAYS (Hafiz)
Even
After
All this time
The sun never says to the earth,
 
“You owe me.”
 
Look
What happens
With a love like that —
 
It lights the whole
World.
 
 
I MIGHT ACT SERIOUS (Tukaram)
If God would stop telling jokes,
I might act
Serious.
 
 
These poems are short but representative of the kind of language this volume contains. It encourages the expression of joy in all things, in all the world, without asking the reader to endorse one faith system or another. That’s what’s so refreshing about it!

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