Speaking of Śiva
A. K. Ramanujan
Penguin, 1973 - Religion - 199 pages
A selection of free-verse sayings from the Virasaiva religious movement, dedicated to Siva as the supreme god. Written by four saints, the greatest exponents of this poetic form, between the tenth and twelfth centuries, these sayings are the lyrical expressions of the search for an unpredictable and spontaneous spiritual vision of 'now'.
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