Speaking of Śiva

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A. K. Ramanujan
Penguin, 1973 - Poetry - 199 pages
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Speaking of Siva is a selection of vacanas or free-verse sayings from the Virasaiva religious movement, dedicated to Siva as the supreme god. Written by four major saints, the greatest exponents of this poetic form, between the tenth and twelfth centuries, they are passionate lyrical expressions of the search for an unpredictable and spontaneous spiritual vision of 'now'. Here, yogic and tantric symbols, riddles and enigmas subvert the language of ordinary experience, as references to night and day, sex and family relationships take on new mystical meanings. These intense poems of personal devotion to a single deity also question traditional belief systems, customs, superstitions, image worship and even moral strictures, in verse that speaks to all men and women regardless of class and caste.
  

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User Review  - krsna - Goodreads

this is one of those books which im supposed to say i loved and cherish blah blah, but in truth as i was reading it i was pretty bored half the time. partly i dont have a very poetic spirit i think ... Read full review

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Contents

Translators Note
11
Acknowledgements
17
Introduction
19
Further Readings in English
57
Basavanna
61
Devara Dasimayya
91
Mahadeviyakka
111
Allama Prabhu
143
The SixPhase System
169
On Lingayat Culture
175
Notes to the Poems
189
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Translated with an introduction by A. K. Ramanujan

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