Growing through stories

These two stories from Hafiz have been my daily reading this month, and I’m growing with both.

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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 such 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 serious moves.

(from “I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy” translated by Daniel Ladinsky)

Once a young woman said to me,
“Hafiz, what is the sign?
of someone who knows God?”

I became very quiet,
and looked deep into her eyes,
then replied,

“My dear, they have dropped the knife.
Someone who knows God has dropped
the cruel knife

that most so often use upon their tender self
and others.

(also shared by Daniel Ladinsky)

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What stories and teachings have supported your spiritual growth?

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