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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Kabir insists on a present, erotic divinity. At least this book, between its forward by Bly himself and the more scholarly afterward, is more or less honest about its origins and limitations. 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. 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.

You could become a courtier of some great man, but your life would not be worth living. Don’t go outside your house to see flowers. Either way, at 44 poems it’s a quick read and an engaging though as I understand it, idiosyncratic entry point to Sufi thought.

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

He is the author of numerous books, and he has translated numerous poets into English. Answer is Yes and No. The pupils drown along with their gurus. No one knows the secret. I can even compose four whole poems sitting in the bathroom! 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 Aryans 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.


Mar 20, Dunnu rated it it was amazing. These pieces are gems. Want to Read saving….

If I tell the truth they rush to beat me, If I lie they trust me. The power of Kabir’s words come from ecstaticc passion–and also from his humor.

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Kabur will stuff himself with sweet melon and cream and then fish, and then cow’s tongue, and with it all fancy breads of all kinds; and if at any stage he feels the slightest pain in his stomach, then you, ignorant fool are to blame, though you were Bu Ali Sina himself I’ve seen the pious Hindus, rule-followers, early morning bath-takers killing souls, they worship rocks.

He is the breath inside the breath P.

Ectatic Indian tradition, he is commonly supposed to have lived for years from towhich “permits him to be associated with other famous figures such as Guru Nanak and Sikander Lodi” Historians are uncertain about his dates of birth and death. Spiritus Mundi on Amazon, Book I: He was fond of literature, and created a library of over 24, pems written in Sanskrit, Hindustani, Persian, Greek, Latin, Arabic and Kashmiri, staffed by many scholars, translators, artists, calligraphers, scribes, bookbinders and readers.

What is it about ecstatic poetry by poets like Rumi that invites “translation” by people with no knowledge of the language in which the poetry was actually written?


Aug 19, Robert Sheppard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Compared to ours, it is another world, this unpleasant and inharmonious India. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. One flower has a thousand petals. I was a fool to say so.

There was probably too much lost in translation, too many substitutions and other changes for the poems to have the full meaning as intended. We are all struggling; none of us has gone far. The acid that tests gold is here, and the one who judges jewels.

I drink wine but I don’t eat pork.

His philosophy incorporated the beliefs and practices of both Muslims and Hindus. They could not afford formal education for Kabir pems initiated him into their trade of weaving. Jul 21, Stevie Hine rated it did not like it Shelves: It features one major character, Mohammad ala Rushdie who is a Sufi novice in the Mevlevi order who is also a modern social activists in the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly for global democracy. kabif

But, knowing nothing of the language, who am I to say? Jul 26, Erik Akre rated it liked it Recommends it for: They are spread over north and central India, as well as dispersed with the Indian diaspora across the world, up fromin the census. 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.