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In modern-day Persia, the 14th-century poet Hafiz remains the most treasured voice of his homeland - a place where his work outsells Rumi, and even the Koran. Yet only recently have Westerners come to know this wild Sufi mystic's astonishing verses on love and spiritual longing. Now, with Hafiz: The Scent of Light, you will join Daniel Ladinsky - the acclaimed translator of The Gift - to revel in more than 30 of Hafiz's most stirring works. Offered here in the manner that Hafiz composed them, namely spoken or sung spontaneously amid companions and inspired music, each of these exquisite love songs (ghazals) shimmers with a nuance, depth, and passion rarely captured in previous translations. Hafiz once said: "A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched holy mouth." From his vision of an all-embracing Beloved who sees beyond our religious beliefs to his revelations on the oneness of worldly ecstasy and spiritual awakening, Hafiz continues to pour the light of his poetry forth today. Music composed and performed by Stevin McNamara (sitar and nylon string guitar), with special guest artists and composers Steve Gorn (bansuri flute), Jeffrey Rodgers (tabla, santoor, ethnic drums, percussion), Annette Cantor (vocals), Pandit S.N. Sopori (drupad/khyal/tarana singing), Bhushan Sopori (tabla), and Aurelia Roze (violin). Read by Nataraja Kallio.

©2007 Daniel,Stevin Ladinsky,McNamara (P)2007 Daniel,Stevin Ladinsky,McNamara

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Savour the wine

Savour the wine
Smell the roses
enjoy the moment
now, nowHERE, everywHERE
Until the is no one but everyONE

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Brilliant Sufi Poetry and Wisdom

i urge anyone interested in dissolving their mind in a sea of tranquility to explore the musings and profound rhetoric and hearts of the major sufi and islamic poets and mystics.

This was a treat to my soul.

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Ethereal, beautiful, exquisite. Such gentle and beautiful music in between lines of wonder and wisdom. I was transported into far away worlds, tears in my eyes as I listen with a full heart.

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loving love

Hearty intelligence & beautiful artistry. What a beautiful soul Hafiz is! A thousand thank you's for these lullabies of the spirit

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Beautifully enchanting, love set on fire

I loved this book, the music and words click together beautifully, it takes you to another world where love conquers all. To listen to this is understanding that we are all drops of that divine ocean, that we miss our beloved, our hearts are lonely, we crave that love from people but never get it, only because it's only the love of the One, the Divine that can quench are thirst are longing... that will set us free from this world of pain & misery!

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Sublime

Carefully chosen lines which resonate with uplifting music. Enchantingly read in English by intriguingly seductive voices which then counterpoint with original song: an experience of the spirit. Beautifully curated.

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Beautiful

I loved the selection in thus audiobook and discovered a few that I have now fallen in love with. It's difficult to find audible poetry that I can relax into and this is perfect. The music gives you a full immersion and the pacing is very good. Thank you!

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Sublime poetry, atmospheric music that takes one in a space of deep presence and beauty.
Excellent !!!

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Absolutely gorgeously stunningly beautiful

Exquisitely felt readings by Daniel Ladinsky who surely does justice to Hafiz's beautiful mystical poetry. With wonderful music throughout., this recording sends me straight to Heaven every time i listen to it.

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  • 01-02-15

Perfect !

What made the experience of listening to Hafiz: The Scent of Light the most enjoyable?

This is so delightful ! If you're into Sufism, it's going to caress your soul.

The reader has the most beautiful tone of voice. I don't know if it's Daniel Ladinsky or Stevin McNamara, but I didn't notice two narrators. Maybe I'm silly. And the music is so beautiful...

Daniel Ladinsky's rendition of Hafiz... As usual, superb !

This album is more like a meditation, a prayer, in a Sufi way. I've been listening to bits of it while eating spectacular chocolate and drinking great coffee... In silence, with my eyes closed most of the time. My own little beautiful private moment.

The whole encounter is so intimate, just like meditation and prayer are very private personal experiences.

Thank you, Daniel ! So beautiful...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it.

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  • Twinny
  • 06-01-16

Magical and mysterious

Why is Hafiz The most sensual mystic poet. He makes the soul yearn for unity with the Divine. Kabir comes close. Rumi too. Yet Hafiz is magical in his expressions... Feel God Present Now.

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  • Fire Dragon
  • 05-08-20

Wrong Music

Hafiz is a great PERSIAN poet, yet you intentionally put it to Indian music?! Bizarre. Makes for an insincere production.

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  • dr scott
  • 02-07-20

too much music not enough Hafiz

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  • Utente anonimo
  • 18-12-18

absolutely beautiful, brings you into a trance

Hafez poetry paired with some beautiful music transports you to another realm of reality. peaceful, thought-provoking, it'll move you to tears

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  • Bala
  • 28-03-17

My best and most frequently played audio performance.

The magic of Hafiz set to beautiful music and great narrations. Thank you for putting this together. More please? :) Five giggling stars all round performance!

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  • 22-03-17

poetic, uplifting, seductive

"A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to quench your beautiful, parched, holy mouth."
Ladinsky lives up to this opening statement, as what follows is a gentle invitation to quiet one's mind and focus on the inner life of the heart. Well-chosen and -delivered lines are beaded into a fabric of meditative musical interludes. I plan to savor this again and again.

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  • C. Johns
  • 15-08-20

Beautiful beyond belief

These poems received through the Sufi master Hafiz are beautiful beyond belief. Each is a masterpiece; each opens itself to the mind a little more with every reading. But the play between the music and the poetry in this recording takes the experience to another realm: pure magic.

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  • Keith Web
  • 14-05-19

If you love poetry just listen!

The music complemented each short poem perfectly. The narrator had the perfect voice and tone.

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  • Catherine Andersen
  • 18-01-19

it is a very beautiful picture read if you love p

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