The Heart of the Matter
July 13, 2017
HAFIZ: Becoming Human


"Once a man came to me and spoke for hours about 'His great visions of God,' he felt he was having.He asked me for confirmation, saying 'Are these wondrous dreams true?'

I replied, 'How many goats do you have?'

He looked surprised and said, 'I am speaking of sublime visions and you ask about goats?'

And I spoke again, saying, 'Yes brother -- how many do you have?'

'Well, Hafiz, I have sixty two.'

'And how many wives?'

Again he looked surprised, then said, 'Four.'

'How many rose bushes in your garden? How many children? Are your parents still alive? Do you feed the birds in winter?'

And to all he answered.

Then I said, 'You asked me if I thought your visions were true. I would say that they were if they made you become more human, more kind to every creature and plant that you know.'"

-- Hafiz

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at July 13, 2017 08:56 AM


Facebooked this sucker!

Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 8, 2010 09:59 PM

Lots of Gratitude .. For the great entries; Maharaji, Hafiz, Rumi, Kabir .. I love the photos too. sublime. It's a relief
to receive in my 'mailbox' . . An email I actually love to get!

And the Archives!! Such a very special place to roam.

Thanks for sharing ~ and putting your consciousness out
there, to nourish in the incredible wasteland of the Internet.

Peace Is Possible


Posted by: Courtenay Hayes [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 9, 2010 01:33 AM


Thank you for your kind words. I am happy you are enjoying the Heart of the Matter and exploring the archives. Lots there. More to come...

Lots of love,

Posted by: Mitch Ditkoff [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 9, 2010 02:43 AM

Thank U again about Hafiz. Sounds Sufi...
I enjoy the nice stories.
Can U tell me the one about M in Woodstock, NY, Ur town?
That is so cool, that after few years M is coming?

Posted by: henryw [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 9, 2010 07:18 AM

The preceding conversation was like watching babies play in a crib. Very beautiful.

Posted by: Chris [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 4, 2011 08:25 PM

I love it!
Visions...true...if they make me - allow me and help me - "become more human" "feed the birds in winter" and be "more kind to every creature and plant that I know."
How sublime! Real! Down to earth! Chop wood and carry water! Refreshing! Reorienting!

Posted by: Jon Lloyd [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 27, 2013 12:12 PM

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