Hafiz: The Scent of Light

  • by Daniel Ladinsky, Stevin McNamara
  • Narrated by Daniel Ladinsky, Stevin McNamara
  • 1 hrs and 1 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- MissB

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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- Twinny "Identical twin-both All American Swimmers. I coached world record holders, taught Peak Performance Practices, wrote Winning Ways for Living"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2014
  • Publisher: Sounds True