There's been a lot of Iran talk in the news lately, and as usual, none of it positive. I've been asked so many times why on earth I chose Iran to visit and I feel it more strongly now than ever- I went because when the news announces that 10,000 Iranians have volunteered to become martyrs for the cause of extreme Islam, I know that that number is less than 1% of their population, but the 1% our news decides to focus on. I feel like I now have friends in that country that I care about. The country is made up of individual faces with individual stories. My feelings for that country have changed from mild indifference and ignorance to a deep caring for the people there. Even if their president does not care if the country is reduced in numbers by 5 to 7 million, I do. And if everyone on the planet cared, it would surely count for something.
Now is the Time
Now is the time to know That all that you do is sacred. Now, why not consider A lasting truce with yourself and God. Now is the time to understand That all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child's training wheels To be laid aside When you finally live With veracity And love. My dear, please tell me, Why do you still Throw sticks at your heart And God? What is it in that sweet voice inside That incites you to fear? Now is the time for the world to know That every thought and action is sacred. This is the time for you to compute the impossibility That there is anything But Grace. Now is the season to know That everything you do Is sacred. 'The Gift - Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master' translations by Daniel Ladinsky