Photo: A Persian miniature depicting the medieval saint and mystic Ahmad Ghazali (d. 1123), brother of the famous Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111), talking to a disciple, from Meetings of the Lovers (1552)
Says Farid, you must fathom the ocean; it contains all you need and desire.
Why soil your hands searching the little ponds?
Says Farid, the Creator is in the creation and the creation in the Creator.
Whom shall we blame when He is everywhere?
(Baba Sheikh Farid)
'Anthology of Great Sufi & Mystical Poets of Pakistan'
by Paul Smith (Author)
“It is not a joke... the English version of ALL the ghazals of Hafiz is a great feat and of paramount importance. I am astonished.”
(Dr. Mir Mohammad Taghavi, Dr. of Literature; Tehran)
“I have never seen such a good translation and I would like to write a book in Farsi and introduce his Introduction to Iranians.”
(B. Khorramshai, Academy of Philosophy, Tehran) .
“Superb translations. 99% Hafiz 1% Paul Smith.”
(Ali Akbar Shapurzman, translator of many works in English into Persian and knower of Hafiz’s Divan off by heart.)
“I was very impressed with the beauty of these books.”
(Dr. R.K. Barz. Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University)
Paul Smith is a poet, author and translator of over 120 books of Sufi poets of the Persian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, Pashto and other languages… including Hafiz, Sadi, Nizami, Rumi, ‘Attar, Sana’i, Jahan Khatun, Obeyd Zakani, Nesimi, Kabir, Anvari, Ansari, Jami, Khayyam, Rudaki, Yunus Emre, Iqbal, Shah Latif, Baba Farid, Bulleh Shah, Ghalib and many others, as well as poetry, fiction, plays, biographies, children’s books and many screenplays.