A Quote From My Friend Hafiz

The image is of Hafiz is detail of an illumination in a Persian manuscript of the Divan of Hafiz, 18th century.

Hafiz

I ruminate on God And my old self falls away.
Am I a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, or a Jew?
I do not know for Truth has set fire to these words. Now they are nothing but ashes.
I ruminate on God And my old self falls away.
Am I a man, a woman, an angel, or even a pure soul?
I do not know for Love has melted these words away.
Now I am free of all these images that haunted my busy mind.

~ Hafiz, 14th Century Islamic Poet

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