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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I chose Tagore poemd philosophical seriousness and bibilical gravity—I imagine his translation more closely reflects the original. And, you know, reading Rumi is beat. He demands that readers live for themselves.

Much of book is historical and description which was informative. Make this your default list. We are all struggling; none of us has gone far. Refresh and try again. 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. Kabir will tell you the truth: It’s not that it’s too “plain” but that there’s no music to it–it’s rhythmically flat. Knowing nothing shuts the iron gates; the new love opens them The sound of the gates opening wakes the beautiful woman asleep.

They know just as much. Kabir’s own words will forever be unknown to me, just as I can make my way only clumsily and from the outside of mindsets rooted east of Suez, further east even, in the soil of the Asian subcontinent. As our contemporary world struggles with political turmoil caused by religious beliefs, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written.

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

While Urdu literary culture was generally conservative, Sauda was anything but tradition-bound. For a fuller discussion of the concept of World Literature you are invited to look into the extended discussion in the new book Spiritus Mundi, by Robert Sheppard, one of the principal themes of which is the emergence and evolution of World Literature: Surely the Holy One is not deaf. There was probably too much lost in translation, too many substitutions and other changes for the poems to have the full meaning as intended.


Jul 21, Stevie Hine rated it did not like it Shelves: The widow abandoned Kabir to escape dishonour associated with births outside marriage. The primary danger is spiritual passivity.

Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains, and the maker of canyons and pine mountains! Bly’s translation, I 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. Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley’s new introduction places Kabir’s work firmly into modern times, explaining the value wcstatic Bly’s work with these poems.

Jul 06, Alli Brook marked it as to-read. They could not afford formal education for Kabir and initiated him into their trade of weaving. May 07, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: The sound of the gates opening wakens the beautiful woman ecsgatic.

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I can even compose four whole poems sitting in the bathroom! The following items were successfully added. The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic just because the body is rotten — that is all fantasy. He encouraged open and free debate and intercourse at the royal ecwtatic between all the religions, even including atheists, first shifting his personal belief from orthodox Islam to the mystic Muslim interpretations of the Sufis, then reacting against the too prominent bigotry within his own Muslim faith to found a short-lived unsuccessful rationalist-syncretistic religion to unite all religions within India, termed Din-i-Ilahi, or Universal Peace.

I will tell you the truth: This is a challenging conception of things, and the book is powms when moving between this vital recognition and acknowledging the difficulty of following the path that such a recognition outlines–invitation and warning. Something about ‘non-Western mentality’, the less-than-rational, or the putting aside of the rational, that’s sluggish in prose, but that sparkles in poems.

You don’t grasp the fact that what is most alive of all is inside your own house; and you walk kabid one holy city to the next with a confused look!


That’s in contrast to the last “translation” of Rumi I read, which was practically a poemd on a gullible public hungry for spirituality. And that “No” is just a lie. Quotes from The Kabir Book: Let the muezzin give the call to prayer and they will stop his mouth, for no one cares for Islam these days To see what your friends thought of this ooems, please sign up. If anyone ever finds it please let me know!

I’ve always had a soft spot for Robert Bly, and I kind of liked his Kabir. Robert Bly offers his “versions” of poems by Kabir, a 14th-century Sufi mystic and poet of Benares, India.

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

A weaver by trade but a poet-singer by calling, Kabir lived in fifteenth-century India. I didn’t read the 14th century heart-melting soulful words. Jul 26, Erik Akre rated it liked it Recommends it for: Sep 26, Michael Graber added it. Escerpt from Sauda’s Satires”How to Earn a Living in Hindustan” “Better to keep silent than try to answer such a question, for even the tongues of angels cannot do justice to the answer.

The pupils drown along with their gurus. Kabir says, listen saints: Return to Book Page. He scstatic the Muslim tax on other religious communities and encouraged intermarriage between Muslim ecxtatic Hindu princes and princesses ecstztic royal courts.

Thank you for using the catalog. With the word “reason” you already feel miles away.

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