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Kabir

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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Beacon
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April, 2007
ISBN:
9780807063804
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$20.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

If shaving your head

Spelled spiritual success,

   Heaven would be filled with sheep.

Originally published in 1976, this collection of poems by 15th-century ecstatic poet Kabir (Hindus, Sufis, and Sikhs all consider him a saint) is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an afterword, “Kabir and the Transcendental Bly,” that makes clear Kabir’s immense importance to the contemporary reader and praises Bly’s intuitive translations.

By making every reader consider anew their religious thinking, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.

The Guest is inside you, and also inside me; you know the sprout is hidden inside the seed.

We are all struggling; none of us has gone far. Let your arrogance go, and look around inside.

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.

 

I hear bells ringing that no one has shaken,

inside “love” there is more joy than we know of, rain pours down,

although the sky is clear of clouds,

there are whole rivers of light.

The universe is shot through in all parts by a single sort of love…

“Kabir’s poems give off a marvelous radiant intensity that never fails… they have exactly the luminous depth that permits and invites many re-readings.” —Hayden Carruth, New York Times Book Review

Robert Bly has earned many honours for his original poems, which include The Winged Energy of Delight, and for his translations of 22 poets, including Kabir. He is the author of Iron John, and with Jane Hirshfield has published a new translation of Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems.

Publisher’s Description: 

Originally published in 1976, with more than 75,000 copies in print, this collection of poems by fifteenth-century ecstatic poet Kabir is full of fun and full of thought. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley has contributed an introduction that makes clear Kabir's immense importance to the contemporary reader and praises Bly's intuitive translations.

By making every reader consider anew their religious thinking, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.

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