Hafiz: The Scent of Light

Poetry & Music from the Great Sufi Master and Poet
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 05-18-20

Ridiculously Racist and Insensitive to Persians

HAFIZ was a PERSIAN poet and is HIGHLY REGARDED in Persian culture. In fact, he is so important that many Persians place his book on the table setting when celebrating Persian New Year. Why does the audio book have Indian rather than Persian Music? The music that was used is just as foreign to Persian people as it is to someone from Japan or Switzerland. Persians are a unique people of their own and bear no relation to South Asia. The use of a beloved poet from Persian culture for a "bohemian vibe" selling point is a really cheap thing for the authors to do. The author and the musician should not be publishing things on a people and culture that they are clearly not well-read on. Lumping together clearly different people and cultures that are individual as their own as if they are the same thing is a form of racism and cultural insensitivity. Really disappointed and disgusted.

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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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it is a very beautiful picture read if you love p

it's a very beautiful and a very nice Bridge read or treat box it's a very nice rate

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  • 03-28-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-19

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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  • MC75
  • 04-04-18

Sublime

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

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  • Elena
  • 11-28-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-24-17

Stunning poetry, perfect meditation

The incredible heart poems of Hafiz are here beautifully interpreted and performed, and the result is blissful and ethereal. The music carries one on an incredible journey, guided by the incisive, pure writings of the poet. Recommended with rainy summer evenings and silent reflection...