HAFEZ: "Because" - The Beatles


HAFEZ: "Because" - The Beatles
by Hafez for Beginners


"BECAUSE" - The Beatles

First off and on a personal note - this song of the Beatles has always "blown my mind" (as they sing in the song itself) !! The artistry just comes from another place, that sacred place which once the artist accesses - endless creativity abounds. When you listen to the lyrics closer, the reason the "blue sky" and the "wind" being "high" are blowing the artists mind... is because LOVE has entered his life. "Love is All  - Love is You"... and once this awakening occurs, the world is forever changed - the blue sky, the high wind, and  all of life manifesting itself to you, have acquired a forever changed meaning.

A side note: The beginning of the song is attributed to John Lennon listening to Yoko Ono play Bethoven's Moonlight Sonata on her piano, and asking her to play it backwards... that's where the inspiration of the intro to the song came from. (I haven't tried playing the Moonlight Sonata backwards, but hope to one day - you could in the old days with old record players.)


Hafez tells us beautifully here, that "never", once your heart has awakend to LOVE will you die; that you will enter the realm of life eternal once you have been touched by LOVE.

هرگز نمیرد آنکه دلش زنده شد به عشق

ثبت   است   بر  جریده  عالم   دوام  ما 

Once touched by LOVE, no heart will ever perish

Chronicled is this truth to love's longevity, in creation's canon.

To Hafez, this awakening to LOVE - is celebrated via the even greater truth that not only does it sesitize you to the beauties of creation and of nature, but in actual fact, is the very elexir of eternal existence and longevity. The Beatles celebrating the awakening - Hafez reminding us of the impact of the awakening on our life's longevity. 

Abbey Road: The mug in the photo is a picture of Abbey Road and what I drink my coffee out of usually, while posting my Hafez Blogs - and then it so happens that "Because" is also a track out of the Beatles Album: Abbey Road.

VIDEO: The video of "Because" I'm pasting below - it continues to "blow my mind"! I hope you enjoy it, too: 


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Soosan Khanoom

Thank you dear TS9, Let me add that

by Soosan Khanoom on

Shahin has not insulted the religion ( Shia or Sunni )  he mocked the Political and cultural environment both inside and outside of Iran as well as the ruling hypocrites of IRI.  

Shahin has stated it clearly that since he has not insulted the religion he will not going to ever apologize for his song.  I wish we had more brave people like him rather than the ignorant ones of which there are no shortage of on this site. 

Still. In my opinion even if he insults the religion he should be free to do so , but, the fact is that he has NOT.  



by Truthseeker9 on

Thanks for the clarification. I don't know much about poetry, but liked the message of that beyt (or phrase). 

Benevolence with friend; and moderation with the enemy

I like that ... though the enemy in this case is killing our loved ones. I look forward to more inspiring quotes from our wise poets. Anything that will put us on the right path and better frame of mind. 


Thanks for the poem. Anyone knows I'm not into poetry really. But all sources of knowledge and ispiration can help bring people together. 

Soosan Khanoom

TS9, in my opinion

by Soosan Khanoom on

Hafez mocks Hypocrites regardless ....

I have a feeling that if he was around he would be whispering some songs of shain Najafi and George Harrison .  For Shain see my blog on him as well as his recent controversial song and for George harsion check this out !

"Brainwashed" - George Harrison - YouTube

Brainwashed in our childhood

Brainwashed by the school

Brainwashed by our teachers

And brainwashed by all their rules

Brainwashed by our leaders

By our Kings and Queens

Brainwashed in the open

And brainwashed behind the scenes

God God God

A voice cries in the wilderness

God God God

It was on the longest night

God God God

An eternity of darkness

God God God

Someone turned out the spiritual light

Brainwashed by the Nikkei

Brainwashed by Dow Jones

Brainwashed by the FTSE

Nasdaq and secure loans

Brainwashed us from Brussels

Brainwashed us in Bonn

Brainwashed us in Washington

Westminster in London

God God God

You are the wisdom that we seek

God God God

The lover that we miss

God God God

Your nature is eternity

God God God

Your are Existence, Knowledge, Bliss

The soul does not love, it is love itself

It does not exist, it is existence itself

It does not know, it is knowledge itself

How to Know God, pag 130

They brainwashed my great uncle

Brainwashed my cousin Bob

They even got my grandma

When she was working for the mob

Brainwash you while you're sleeping

While in your traffic jam

Brainwash you while you're weeping

While still a baby in your pram

Brainwashed by the military

Brainwashed under duress

Brainwashed by the media

You're brainwashed by the press

Brainwashed by computer

Brainwashed by mobile phones

Brainwashed by the satellite

Brainwashed to the bone

God God God

Won't you lead us through this mess

God God God

From the places of concrete

God God God

Nothing's worse than ignorance

God God God

I just won't accept defeat

God God God

Must be something I forgot

God God God

Down on Bullshit Avenue

God God God

If we can only stop the rot

God God God

Wish that you'd brainwash us too


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Hafez's children / A challenge

by Hafez for Beginners on

Truthseeker: That might be a Ladinsky quote you put here  - my gut says it is. Ladinsky's work is nice, but is NOT Hafez. Not a single of his poems has been traced to Hafez and he admits to having "dreamed" them all. It is heartbrakingly fraudulent - he's a good enough poet, why call them "translations?" And I constantly have to tell American friends this. Google the story in the Canadian Parliament - a politican wanted to celebrate Persian New Year / No-Rouz with a quote from Hafez - and blurted something from Ladinsky's book. It caused an embarrassment as not a single Iranian scholar in the land could find which line it was. Recognizing Hafez to some of us is like recognizing your own child. Ladinsky's book doesn't even have one of Hafez's children in it - they are poems, original poems by the author, simply inspired by Hafez. If I wrote a play in Japanese inspired by Shakespeare - selling it as a "translation of Shakespeare" would be very, very mean.

Hafez is spectacularly hard to translate beautifully. But I can partake with you one Beyt to help you understand better his world:

The peace of both worlds lies in two fundamental truths:

‌Benevolence with friend; and moderation with the enemy

Whoever that "enemy" might be. I'll leave it to those Hafez connoisseurs who come here, to in an instant recognize which "child" this above Beyt is and perhaps share with us!



by Truthseeker9 on

I suppose I just wanted a beyt about love. Here' one I found:

"Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out."


I think I may like the man after all.... I think it may explain the reaction of many who come to IC and their comments about the regime and what drives the regime. It maybe seen as Hate but it is a response to personal pain and the suffering of others.

Hafez for Beginners

"troubled times"

by Hafez for Beginners on

Truthseeker: Hafez lived in heavily tumultous and troubled times. All our poets did. I'll leave the rest to you to figure out.


From what you have learnt from him

by Truthseeker9 on

What is your personal take on what he'd say about what IRI stands for, its behaviour, its treatment of Iranians? I am not asking what you personally think of IRI but what Hafez would think of IRI. Are there any beyts we can learn from?

I ask because I see you and SK talking about suffocation and hate, and reference to this site. And the word Love is mentioned. 

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by Hafez for Beginners on

Truthseeker: I am not Hafez's dokhtar khaleh ... so wouldn't assume anything what he'd say, beyond my own personal take on what I've learned from him.  From how I've understood the man, you keep your faith in the good alive. I'll leave you with that - go and do something good - if your hands are tied, you will still find something to do. 

That's just my take. 

Please remember that "Good Words, Good Thoughts and Good Deeds" - that I'm so proud came to Christianity via the Persians - didn't mean being "good" only when things are rosey.

Again, just my take. I would recommend reading the Divan to see what your take on what he would do.




by Truthseeker9 on

What would Hafez say about IRI, the regime in Iran if he were asked?  

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by Hafez for Beginners on

Soosan Khanoum: Thank you. I do believe we are also living in a world that is "suffocated by hate" as you say...  and so it is reflected every where. I often tell the Hafez students in our gatherings: Do you think Hafez was living in times of peace and harmony?  Mongul invasions left, right, and center; Repression abound... you name it.... But, Hafez teaches us to steer our own ship and stay afloat - no matter how much grime covers the surroundings. That's the key - and it is in his honor that I try my best to not succumb to the "suffocating hatred." As Hafez says Soosan Khanoum, it's "love" that you take with you and remember in this life - that is all that lasts in this "gonbad-eh davvar." 

Soosan Khanoom

In a site that is about to be suffocated by hate

by Soosan Khanoom on

This blog of yours is like a fresh breath of air.  

Thank you Afsaneh Jan. 

: ) 



Hafez and Rumi say the same things - in different ways

by anglophile on

Their difference is in thier emphasis. While Hafez openly embraces the earthly love in harmony with the love of the divine, Rumi sees the earthly love as a precursor to the spritual love:


من آدم بهشتي ام، اما در اين سفر

حالی اسير عشق جوانان مهــوشم


من که امروزم بهشت نقد ، حاصل می شود

وعـده ی فـردای ِ زاهـد را چـرا بـاور کـنم؟


زِ ميوه ها ي بهشتي چه ذوق دريــابــد

هر آن كه سيبِ زنخدانِ شاهدی نگزيد


Rumi, while not denying the value of the earthly love, emphasises on its role as a guide to lead the lover to the love of the divine


عاشقي گر زین سر و گر زان سر است

عاقبـت ما را بـدان سر ، رهبـر است





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"Eshgheh zamini":

by Hafez for Beginners on

Darius Kadivar: Thanks for the very interesting post.

Anglophile: Thanks - "Eternal" longevity does imply a non-material realm. Having said that  there are major distinctions between Hafez and Rumi - with Hafez being renowned to celebrate a co-existence of the Earthly and the Spiritual. "Eshgheh zamni" a big player in his world. So, you could say this "awakening" of the soul - also continues  to eternally manifest itself in the physical beauties and truths of life here and now.  "Heaven on Earth"  was very big to Hafez.

Darius Kadivar

FYI/Princess Soraya greeted by The Beatles in the Bahamas

by Darius Kadivar on


Of love and longevity

by anglophile on

It is essential to make a distinction between physical and spiritual longevity. True love, in all its forms, may or may not bring about physical longevity but Hafez is not concerned with the affairs of the matter. His realm is that of spirit. Those who find true love, may die in body, as they will eventually, but will continue to live in spirit and in the minds of those who value spritual love. Hafez and many other kindled spirits before (Rumi) and after him (Hatef) are testaments to this claim. It is also important to note that love and awakening cannot be achieved without a prior death. One should kill the ego before one can see the beauty of love. Hafez agrees: میان عاشق و معشوق هیچ حائل نیست

تو خود حجاب خودی حافظ از میان برخیز


Thank you 

Hafez for Beginners


by Hafez for Beginners on

Zed: Glad the song touched you - Hope Hafez did too, of course.


Thank you for beautiful blog

by Zed on

... the song is in 3/4 time (a waltz) ...   Musings of a Former Kosher Chicken

Hafez for Beginners

highly creative decade

by Hafez for Beginners on




Oon Yaroo:  Thanks for you comment. Do remember, there were hundreds of "Gurus" around in the 1960s - MEHER BABA is the Guru that championed HAFEZ and was not the "Yogi" the Beatles visited in India. 

I have no idea if the Beatles ever even knew Meher Baba - I know Pete Townsend of The Who did - but that's not even the point.

The point is: that Eastern mysticism had a profound effect on the spiritual awakening that occurred in the West circa 1965-1975. Some of these "mystics" were real - some fake - again, that's not the point. The point is: There came to be in that creative decade, trans-cultural connections, via universal spiritual truths, that forged much profound creativity in music, cinema and the arts.

Oon Yaroo

Dear HFB! That's not true! McCartney said....

by Oon Yaroo on

"....McCartney said The Beatles' association with the Maharishi was "a public mistake",[98] and Lennon "an error of judgment"...."



Hafez for Beginners

PS - "Because" video

by Hafez for Beginners on

PS - I posted this particular "Because" video - there are many - as whoever made it, did a wonderful job!

Fanoos: Good to know you're a Beatles fan. 

1965-1975: Mostly, if you tap into much of the Western Arts brom the 1965-75 decade - the East was a massive inspirational influence. Probably the biggest from among spiritual gurus of the era: "Meher Baba", would cite HAFEZ as his master. 


I saw the Beatles in Amjadeeyeh in 1968!

by fanoos on

They performed all their standard hits but this one I liked very much!



Hafez for Beginners

"nice song"

by Hafez for Beginners on

Albaloo: Glad you liked it. That song really is a masterpiece - what happens to the artist when touched by authentic (not fake) Love.


Thank You, I liked the song very much.

by Albaloo on

Thank You, I liked the song very much. As usual, nice blog on Hafez.