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Learned from God I have learned so much from God That I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew.
The Truth has shared so much of Itself with me That I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel, or even a pure soul.
Love has befriended Hafez so completely. It has turned to ash and freed me of every concept and image my mind has ever known.
~ Hafez

Khwajeh Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi (also spelled Hafiz) was a Persian mystic and poet who is now revered as one of the most influential Persian poets of all time. He was born sometime between the years 1310-1337, in the city of Shiraz in present-day Iran. Hafez today is primarily remembered for his lyrical poetry written in ghazals, a difficult and uniquely Persian verse-form. Prior to Hafez, ghazals were primarily used to write songs celebrating wine and earthly pleasure. Hafez revolutionized the form by utilizing the stock symbols of wine and pleasure as metaphors for spiritual experience. In so doing, Hafez elevated his short, simple verses to the level of high art. Hafez's poetry advocated abandoning all restraints and preconceptions so as to come into direct contact with the spiritual realm. As a result of his mystical and profoundly transcendent subject-matter, Hafez has become an inspiration for poets of all cultures. Arguably the most influential Persian poet of all time, Hafez has been translated into countless languages, and his works were particularly influential to a number of the early European Romantics, including Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.

– Persian poet (1315 – 1390)

Becoming the Silence Within on the Moksha Advanced Course

Maharishi Meditating Vlodrop, 1990We always begin meditation with half a minute of feeling the silence within, we identify with that silence then we start the mantra and let it go. We witness the conscious thinking mind from this deep inner silence as it thinks the mantra. Our experience is true effortless thinking of the mantra, just like it takes zero effort to observe the engine of the car as it runs, it takes zero effort to observe the conscious thinking mind as it thinks the mantra. When we can maintain our awareness in the silent mind, which is our subtle mind and our direct connection with Krishna, as the conscious thinking mind is performing Dharana (thinking the mantra), we have progressed to the second level of meditation called Dhyana.

It is our objective to maintain this witnessing quality throughout meditation and Samyama. If we can do this, the meditation time passes quickly and effortlessly and blissfully! It is truely a delight to spend these moments in meditation. On the other hand, if we are unable to separate our mind into these two levels, conscious thinking mind and silent witnessing mind, and cannot witness the conscious thinking mind from the silent witnessing mind throughout meditation, then our experience of meditation is far less charming. We feel bored, uneasy and time moves very slowly, with many thoughts of “is it over yet?” as we may frequently check the time. If this is your experience, then you are not “effortlessly thinking the mantra” by detaching from your conscious thinking mind and witnessing from the subtle mind.

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