Stories of Indian Saints: An English Translation of Mahipati's Marathi Bhaktavijaya, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1933 - Hindu saints - 499 pages
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The present book is an English translation of Mahipati's Marathi poem Bhakta-Vijaya which records the legends of Indian saints, irrespective of their difference in caste, community, creed, language and place of origin. Thus we have the record of different saints - Yayadeva, Jnanadeva, Namadeva, Ramananda, Tulasidasa, Kabir, Suradasa, Narsi Mehta and Guru Nanakadeva. A lot of information is available on Ekanath-the greatest scholar-philosopher-saint-poet-cum-social reformer and the towering personalities Tukaram and Ramadasa. It also records the miraculous and fascinating legends of several saints, how they spread the Bhakti cult, how they struggled against discrimination between man and man and how they tried to uproot the malpractices which prevailed in the name of Religion in those days.
  

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Contents

Invocation
1
Jayadev
11
Life of Tulsidas
31
Life of Namdev
57
Kabirs Biography
78
Kabir and His Son Kamal
92
Kabir Chooses Ramanand As His Guru
109
Dnyandev and His Grandparents
123
Kurmadas the Cripple
260
Raka and Gora the Potters
278
Life of Namdev continued
295
God Protects His Own
311
Joga Paramanand Narahari the Goldsmith and Namdev
320
Namdev and Janabai
338
Matsyendranath Gorakhnath and Changdev
358
Chokhamela Namdev Jiva and Tatva
377

Life of Dnyandev continued
140
Life of Dnyandev continued
158
Namdev Kabir and Dnyandev continued
177
Namdev and Dnyandev continmd
187
Namdevs Pilgrimage Ends
204
Namdevs Life continued
222
Namdevs Life continued
242
Fadmanabh and Kabir
390
King Pipaji of Gademandal
406
Marriage of Narsi Mehetas Son
429
Narsi Mehetas Cheque In Gods Name
443
Maturity Ceremony of Narsis Daughter
457
Index
490
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Page xi - Namdev must be placed among the finest of the poetic productions of the world.
Page xxii - Be not careful for your life, what ye shall eat or drink ; nor yet for your body, what raiment ye shall put on. Is not the life more worth than meat, and the body more of value than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air, which do neither sow nor reap, nor carry into the barns, and yet your heavenly Father doth feed them.

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