What Happens When Your Soul Begins To Awaken – Hafiz

What Happens When Your Soul Begins To Awaken – Hafiz

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Today I will be sharing the poem: “What Happens When Your Soul Begins To Awaken” by poet Hafez, also known in poetry circles as Hafiz.

Hafez Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Shirazi was born in 1326 in the Persian city of Shiraz, Iran. A master of the poetic ghazal form and a fervent follower of the works of Rumi, Saadi and Nazmi, his collected works are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian literature. Today, his influence lives on as the most popular poet in Iran.

Despite his profound effect on Persian life and culture and his enduring popularity and influence, few details of Hafez’s life are known. However many semi-miraculous mythical tales were woven around Hafez that still survive today. It is said that by listening to his father’s recitations Hafez had accomplished the task of learning the Qur’an by heart at an early age.  At the same time Hāfez is said to have known by heart the works of Rumi, Saadi, Farid ud-Din and Nizami.

According to one legend, before meeting his patron, Hajji Zayn al-Attar, Hafez had been working in a bakery, delivering bread to a wealthy quarter of the town. There he first saw Shakh-e Nabat, a woman of great beauty, to whom some of his poems are addressed. Ravished by her beauty, but knowing that his love for her would not be requited, he allegedly held his first mystic vigil in his desire to realize this union. During this he encountered a being of surpassing beauty who identified himself as an angel, and his further attempts at union became mystic; a pursuit of spiritual union with the divine. A Western parallel is that of Dante and Beatrice.

Furthermore at age 60 he is said to have completed a 40-day-and-night vigil by sitting in a circle which he had drawn for himself. The incredible mental and physical strength needed for such an exercise and at such an age is astounding.

Hafez was acclaimed throughout the Islamic world during his lifetime, with other Persian poets imitating his work, and offers of patronage from Baghdad to India. Today, he is the most popular poet in Iran. Libraries in many other nations other than Iran such as Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia contain his works.

Much later, the work of Hafez would leave a mark on such Western writers as Thoreau, Goethe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson—the latter referring to him as “a poet’s poet.” His work was first translated into English in 1771 by William Jones (a scholar of ancient-India).

Hafez died in 1390. His mausoleum is located in the Musalla Gardens of Shiraz.

*Bio taken from allpoetry.com*

I hope you find the following poem as uplifting and soul enriching as I do.



What Happens When Your Soul Begins To Awaken – Hafiz


What happens when your soul
Begins to awaken
Your eyes
And your heart
And the cells of your body
To the great journey of love?

First there is wonderful laughter
And probably precious tears

And a hundred sweet promises
And those heroic vows
No one can ever keep.

But still God is delighted and amused
You once tried to be a saint

What happens when your soul
Begins to awake in this world

To our deep need to love
And serve the Friend?

O the Beloved
Will send you
One of His wonderful, wild companions






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