Tree of Happiness

Love is saying very softly into my ear,

“To be a prey is better than to be a hunter!

Be my fool and be a deluded one


Renounce the high position of the sun, become a speck of dust!

Become a dweller at My door and be homeless

Do not pretend to be a candle, be a moth”

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

(1207 – 1273 )

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Poet Hafez

Fragrant Breeze

Persian lyric poet Hafiz
(born Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī)
grew up in Shiraz.
Very little is known about his life,
it is thought that he may have memorized the holy Qur’an
after hearing his father recite passages.
When his father died, he left school to work at a bakery and as a copyist.
Hafiz became a poet at the court of Abu Ishak
also taught at a religious college.
He is one of the most celebrated of the Persian poets,
his influence can be felt to this day.
As the author of numerous ghazals expressing love, spirituality, and protest,
he and his work continue to be important to Iranians,
many of his poems are used as proverbs or sayings.
Hafiz’s tomb is in Musalla Gardens in Shiraz.

حافظ Khwāja Šams ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī, or simply Hāfez (Persian: خواجه شمس‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی), was a Persian mystic and poet. He was born sometime between the years 1310 and 1337.  one of the three greatest poets of the world. His lyrical poems, known as ghazals, are noted for their beauty and bring to fruition the love, mysticism, and early Sufi themes

― شمس الدین محمد حافظ /
Shams-al-Din Mohammad Hafez,
(1325 – 1389 )

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