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HAFEZ: "A Poet for Poets": This group is devoted to sharing the wisdom of the profound Persian Poet: HAFEZ of Shiraz. (While we read the poems in Persian, they are immediately translated, and the discussions around them are in English - in other words, the group is open to all!)
Hafez is an unrivaled spiritual master-poet whose mysticism has continued to win over hearts since the 14th century. The material's beauty and transcendence lends itself to "never getting old" with people regularly turning to Hafez's words for guidance.
HAFEZ's devotees span the globe: from India to the US, from Germany to Australia. Goethe and Nietzche worshiped Hafez - Goethe went so far as calling Hafez his "celestial friend." Meher Baba was devoted to Hafez. Inayat Khan, who introduced Sufism to the West, revered the man. And Ralph Waldo Emerson waxed lyrical about Hafez, calling him "a poet for poets." I taught a private weekend class on HAFEZ for 5 years, and have drawn from that experience in designing these monthly gatherings. They should help us to slowly enter the world of a profound and wise mystic and poet.
Monthly Gatherings: Some months will be focussed on certain themes ("Love", "Benevolence", "the Magi" etc.) and other months' will focused on a single poem. The meetings are limited to 8 members, and will take place at one of our area's many locations offering delicious Persian cuisine. In the company of friends and delectable food, this should be a good way to nourish our souls and our bellies at the same time!
Come with an open heart - an accessible "heart" is a key ingredient to experiencing Hafez. And of course, come with a healthy appetite. Hafez was a fan of experiencing the divine here on earth - and nourishing our sense, in this case, our tastebuds, are part of the experience of these gatherings!
Link to a feature on the Hafez class I used to teach: