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Forty-four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir “Kabir’s poems give off a marvelous radiant intensity Bly’s versions have exactly the luminous depth that permits. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind. Columbia University professor of religion John. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , John E. Cort and others published Kabir: Ecstatic Poems – By Robert Bly.

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Here there is nothing but the struggle to live; there, nothing but the tumult of the Judgment Day. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley’s new ecsgatic places Kabir’s work firmly into modern times, explaining the value of Bly’s work with these poems. His ecsttic emerges from such small details as his correcting the spelling errors in the letters of his son and successor as Dcstatic, Humayun, and his catalogue of his likes and dislikes. Now, we are proud to publish a revised, beautifully designed hardcover edition that includes 10 new translations. In addition, he creates a Kabir who speaks with an intense and immediate voice that transforms these spiritual insights into something both urgent and essential.

Ghalib was one of the greatest poets in two languages, Urdu and Persian, and was, like Byron, an aristocratic rebel, religious sceptic and outsider who was difficult for either his friends or enemies to understand or deal with. Did I miss anything special in my life? In the end they’re sorry. Better than nothing, however.

Beacon Press: Kabir

My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. He believed in the Vedantic concept of atman, but unlike earlier orthodox Vedantins, he spurned the Hindu societal caste system and murti-pujan idol worshipshowing clear belief in both bhakti and Sufi ideas.

At the early stages they dwarfed the European states and their relative demise was anything but a foregone conclusion, the Ottomans almost taking Vienna; if America had not been discovered global history might have turned out quite otherwise. May 07, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: The primary danger is spiritual passivity. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in.


Also like Byron, Ghalib made himself a leading figure in his poems, assuming the stature of a kind of “Byronic Hero.

The Kabir Book: Forty-Four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir

Why would a poet, who as a poet must be acutely aware of the need for precision in language, think that paraphrasing a translation of a translation of someone else’s poem produces something worthy of publication? The acid that tests gold is here, and the one who judges jewels.

Originally published in and having sold more than 75, copies to date, Kabir is a classic. Picked this up at random at a used book store that specializes in the occult and other such flim-flammery following my policy of occasionally doing this.

The pupils drown along with their gurus. Its members, known as Kabir panthis, are estimated to be around 9. I will tell you the truth: Mar 24, Lindsey rated it it was ok Shelves: In Banarasidas, the writer conveys a more vivid sense of himself as self in his world than in the case of Jahangir.

The contributions of India and the Muslim world including those of the Mughal Dynasty in India form a rich part of this common heritage of mankind.

The best part of this book is the afterward by John Stratton Hawley in which he discusses the difficulty of identifying Kabir’s voice at all when the different extant written collections of his orally preserved compositions may not even exstatic more than one shared poem!

Since publication of Iron John: I take it back. While not so penetrating as that of Babur, it is strikingly modern in revealing his personality ecstwtic modern dilemmas such as his struggle with substance abuseaddiction to wine and opium, his search for spirituality from both Hindu and Muslim sources, and his almost childlike fascination with the natural world, including a passion for exotic things such as American Turkeys, pineapples, and African zebras.


My first exposure to Kabir was when my stepmom played me a tape she has of Robert Bly reading these poems, so to this day whenever I read them I hear his voice in my mind saying the words with someone playing the tablas in the background.

Feb 25, Srishtee rated it it was ok. And posturing yogis, hypocrites, hearts crammed with pride, praying to brass, to stones, reeling with pride in their pilgrimage, fixing their caps and their prayer-beads, painting their brow-marks and arm-marks, braying their hymns and their couplets, reeling.

And I usually love sufi poetry. Painfully, awfully, cripplingly awesome. The blue sky opens out farther and farther, the daily sense of failure goes away, the damage I have done to myself fades, a million suns come forward with light, when I sit firmly in that world. Go over and over your beads, paint werid designs on your forehead, wear your hair matted, poens and ostentatious, but when deep inside you there is a loaded gun, how can you have God?

One flower has a thousand petals. There was eecstatic error while adding poemms following items. Though geographically the sub-continent of India is somewhat isolated from its Eurasian surroundings by the barrier of the Himalayas, it has nonetheless remained a significant “crossroads of the world” in which movements of peoples and cultures have brought great cross-fertilization from the time of the arrival of the Vedic Ecsfatic onward to include the movements of Greeks and Persians, Kushans and Scythians, Buddhist monks from China and Japan, Mongols and Timurids, Muslims, the Portugese, French and the global British Empire.