The Place Where You Are Right Now-Hafiz

19 07 2012

This poem was meant for me!  Never quite before have I realized that the place where I am at now is the place where God wants me to be. I need to bask in this present time and enjoy what is before me.   I am finally able to connect reasons to why certain things happened my life.  All of my hurts were for me to understand loneliness, pain, sorrow, helplessness so that I can empathize and reach out to those who have felt the same.  How could I have related to such people if I had never felt the same?  This gives me a sense of camaraderie and sense of being one with them.  How  beautiful! How amazing! With God there is always hope and redemption!

 

The Place Where You Are Now

by Hafiz

This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.

Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there –

Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.

I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,

But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,

Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,

The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.

Never mind, Hafiz, about
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers,

For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.

But because I am so clever and generous,
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of his tresses

As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.

~Hafiz

Translation by Daniel Ladinsky, The Subject Tonight Is Love

 

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