The Poems of Sūradāsa

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Abhinav Publications, 1999 - Poetry - 364 pages
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Suradasa, The Blind Saint-Poet, Lived In The Sixteenth Century During The Establishment Of The Mogul Empire In India By Babur And Its Consolidation By Akbar. A Vaishnava Of The Pushtimarga, He Was Spiritually Inspired By Vallabhacharya And Composed His Outstanding Work, The Surasagara ‘Ocean Of Poetry’, Closely Following The Bhagavata, Which Narrates The Deeds Of Krishna, Whose, Staunch Devotee He Was. His Numerous Padas Composed In Brajbhasha Are A Treasure House Of The Very Best Hindi Poetry On A Level With That Of Tulasidasa, The Author Of The Ramayana But Unfortunately His Poems Remain Comparatively Much Less Known To The Western World. This English Translation Of Some Of The Verses Of His Surasagara Endeavours To Provide The Reader With A Representative Selection From The Various Sections Of This Work In English Verse Along With The Transliterated Version Of The Text, And In English Prose For The Narrative Portions. The Selection Highlights Krishna As The Lord And As The Amorous Lover Of Radha And The Milkmaids Of Braj.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
11
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
15
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
17
Introduction
19
THE LIFE OF SURADASA
21
THE TIMES OF SURADASA
36
THE WORKS OF SURADASA
49
THE ART OF SURADASA
55
MISCELLANEOUS VERSES
201
AWAKENING KRISHNA
213
RADHA AND KRISHNA
223
THE GOPIS AND KRISHNA
241
THE RASA DANCE
253
THE GANDHARVA WEDDING OF RADHA AND KRISHNA
261
PRIDE HUMBLEDTHE RASA CONTINUED
270
RADHA KRISHNA AND THE GOPIS
291

LANGUAGE AND DICTION
73
SURADASAS ACHIEVEMENT
82
THE POEMS OF SURADASA
87
MAYA
109
NOTES
349
BIBLIOGRAPHY
365
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