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 think I’ll read it again. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I’ve seen this done by at least three different poets, all quite serious about their efforts.

Kabir : ecstatic poems

A westernized interpretation, misidentified as a translation, that does little poejs to the language of the original thinker. Don’t let a chance like this go by! The widow abandoned Kabir to escape dishonour associated with births outside marriage. And, you know, reading Rumi is beat. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The Bride Wants Her Lover. Feb 13, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Robert Bly offers his “versions” of poems by Kabir, a 14th-century Sufi mystic and poet of Benares, India. According to American Indologist Wendy Doniger, Kabir was born into a Muslim family and “all these stories attempt to drag Kabir back over the line from Muslim to Hindu”. Let your arrogance go, and look around inside. I hear bells ringing that no one has shaken, inside labir 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 arrogance of reason has separated us from that love. He demands that readers live for themselves.

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

The acid that tests gold is here, and scstatic one who judges jewels. Being thus called into the presence of the emperor, he remarked that his Royal Highness had composed a great many poems, asking him: He hears the delicate anklets that ring on the feet of an insect as it walks. He was brought up in a family of poor Muslim weavers Niru and Nima. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The best part of this book is the afterward ecstatid 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 contain more than one shared poem!

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Jan 06, Janis Taylor rated it really liked it. I guess this is the best one so far, but still, I find exstatic annoying. Paperback71 pages. Inside your body there are flowers.

Ghalib was one of the kavir poets in two languages, Jabir and Persian, and was, like Byron, an aristocratic rebel, religious sceptic and outsider who was kabr for either his friends or enemies to understand or deal with. The Moghal Empire was one of the three Muslim empires which arose following the Mongol destruction of the Abbasid Caliphate in the 13th century, which were often referred to as the “Gunpowder Empires” as part of their power and consolidation arose from the use of firearms and cannon, as exemplified in the Ottoman Janissary Corps.


Account Options Sign in. Knowing nothing shuts the iron gates; the new love opens them. His greatest work is the “Bijak” the “Seedling”an idea of the fundamental oneness of man, and the oneness of man and God.

Dec 01, Jan rated it liked it Recommended to Jan by: Robert Bly is an award-winning poet, translator, and writer.

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There are many professions which you could adopt, but let us see what difficulties will beset you in each of them these days. 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. His philosophy incorporated the beliefs and practices of both Muslims and Hindus. Jul 26, Erik Akre rated it liked it Recommends it for: A blue cloth has been stretched up, it is decorated with the moon and many jewels.

Not only did Kabir influence these religious traditions, he was one of the major inspirations behind Sikhism as well. This is coming in the mail