The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez: Teachings of the Philosopher of Love ~ Haleh Pourafzal/ Roger Montgomery

An exploration of the Persian poet’s spiritual philosophy, with original translations of his poetry.

The perfect introduction to the man known as the philosopher of love

Speaks directly to the cutting edges of philosophy, psychology, social theory, and education, from the wisdom of a mystic and heartfelt poet

For six hundred years the Persian poet Hafez has been read, recited, quoted, and loved by millions of people in his homeland and throughout the world. Like his predecessor Rumi, he is a spiritual guide in our search for life’s essence. Hafez is both a mystic philosopher and a heartfelt poet of desires and fears. Haleh Pourafzal and Roger Montgomery invite you to savor the wit and passion of his words.A

The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez is the perfect introduction to the man known as the philosopher of love, whose message of spiritual transcendence through rapture and service to others is especially important as our troubled world enters the twenty-first century.


Part 1: Tavern of the Human Spirit

Philosopher of Love
Jamshid’s Biluminous Cup
Rend: The Warrior of Life

Part 2: Rendi: The Pathway To Study the Poet

Step 1: Ancient Ways
Step 2: Making the Prayer House Quake
Step 3: Gathered Memory
Step 4: The Goal of Truth
Step 5: Focusing Awareness
Step 6: A Choice of Mythology
Step 7: Inspiration Without Fantasy
Step 8: Clarity in Ecstasy
Step 9: The Gift of Compassion
Step 10: Generosity’s Impulse
Step 11: The Need for Stretching
Step 12: The Rage of Love
Step 13: Surrender to Mystery
Step 14: Giving Way to Abandon
Step 15: The Blessing of Good Companions
Step 16: The Realm of Sacredness
Step 17: The Joy of Imagination
Step 18: Summoning Courage
Step 19: Beyond Mind’s Speculations
Step 20: Constant Vigilance

Part 3: In Today’s World

The Big Picture
Part 4: A Tale of Our Journey

The Elder Takes His Leave

HALEH POURAFZAL (1956-2002) was the daughter of Abdol-Hossein Pourafzal, a lifelong student of Persian linguistics and direct descendant of the creator of the contemporary Farsi prose form. Haleh grew up tuned to the spirit of the great poet during her childhood in Tehran, where her father would perform daily recitations of Haféz’s poetry. She drew upon her father’s expertise in developing her own interpretations of the poet’s verse. From the moment Haleh introduced her husband, ROGER MONTGOMERY, to the poetry of Haféz, they shared a deep love and respect for his work. It was in the spirit of gaining a greater understanding of this great poet, sage, and philosopher that this book was born. Montgomery is also the author of Twenty Count: Secret Mathematical System of the Aztec/Maya and lives in Berkeley, California.

Stay with us tonight as we weave love- Hafiz

A Hole In A Flute by Sufi Poet Hafiz

Rumi and Hafiz Sufi Poet

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Afsaneh Mir
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 22:39:53

    The videos are lovely – the quotes by Daniel Ladinsky are fraudulent. They are lovely original poems, but not a single one can be attributed to Hafez. As a scholar of Hafez I have tried, and Ladinsky has totally made stuff, albeit beautiful, up.

    But nice site!


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