Left to our own devices, we do not often seek out resistance or friction but without it, we can fall into indifference when is no movement in our lives. The things that inspire us to move into areas of our lives that are mysterious, passionate or exciting often require an outside influence when we lose our spark or we run out of gas or bandwidth for interest, adventure or challenge.
Hafiz suggests here how at times we are not motivated or cannot will ourselves to be inspired and we must rely on outside events to spurn us forward to avoid stagnation and lethargy. He assigns these events to god or his over soul having an endless source of fuel to toss on his tempered embers to ignite his passion for life. Hafiz wants to live fully; he wants to stay in love even though sometimes this feels initially like a bother.
Thank you for listening.
Music: This rendition of Light My Fire made popular by José Feliciano was one of my favorites growing up. It was written by The Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger and performed as a barn burner as The Doors version ravaged the milk maid. This version is much more subtle and smooth and I like its sincere invitation. Here he is with Daryl Hall.
The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.
My book can be purchased HERE. E-book HERE. The Season Two blogcasts with audio excerpts from my book begin HERE: in Behind The Lines. This reading of the book excerpts in a mixed media format is Season Two of this blog. These recorded excerpts are outside the chronological order in which the book was written. Podcasts with audio only beginning with episode 22 can be found HERE.