The Bījak of Kabir

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Motilal Banarsidass, 1986 - Poetry - 200 pages
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Kabir was an extraordinary poet whose works have been sung and recited by millions throughout North India for half a millennium. He was perhaps illiterate (I don`t touch ink or paper, this hand never grasped a pen), and he preached an abrasive, sometimes shocking, always uncomprising message exhorting his audience to shed their delusions, pretensions and empty orthodoxies in favour of an intense, direct personal confrontation with truth.

The Bijak is one of the most important anthologies, being the sacred book of the Kabir Panth and the main representative of the Eastern tradition of Kabir`s verses. Shukdev Singh and Linda Hess have accomplished a translation of real grace and remarkable accuracy. The introduction and notes explore Kabir`s work, place it in its initial context, and explore its meaning for modern time.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
TRANSLATIONS
37
Ramaint
79
Sakht
90
A Upsidedown Language
135
B A Note on Meter and Rhyme
162
GLOSSARY
197
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