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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)

Krishna's Flute

"The Sound Of Silence"
by Simon and Garfunkel

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
...[1]

As we progress in our journey back home and approach the first milestone, Level 1 Moksha, the experience of a sound in the head may be noticed. To some this is like a monotoned, high-pitched "eeeeeeeee....." and to others is takes on more of a flute-like melody. Modern medicine has a theory about this, they call it "tinnitus" and occasionally Moksha Vitara Pendant Face - Krishna 3there is a sound that arises as a result of injury, illness or trauma. But if you are meditating or adopting an inward, reflective lifestyle, not exposed to loud sounds that could have damaged your ears, and spontaneously one day you notice this sound, usually it comes occasionally at first, perhaps when meditating, then you notice it outside of meditation and eventually all the time, this is Krishna's Flute. Congratulations! This is a common experience and nothing be concerned about, actually you can celebrate that you are one step closer to Moksha.

Everywhere there are pictures of Krishna playing a flute. This quality of Krishna, the one who plays the flute, is mentioned throughout the Vedic Literature. Why? To let you know that when you begin to hear this sound, you are awaking to Krishna's call to return home to Him.

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