Forty-four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir “Kabir’s poems give off a marvelous radiant intensity Bly’s versions have exactly the luminous depth that permits. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind. Columbia University professor of religion John. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , John E. Cort and others published Kabir: Ecstatic Poems – By Robert Bly.

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He also left behind an autobiography, written in Persian, which relates his obsessions, his private life with his father, an eccentric Sufi mystic, and the misery of public life in Dehli where the Emperor was reduced to an impotent figurehead hardly even in command of one city, his own capital.

Let your arrogance go, and look around inside. The Gardener Is Coming. Much of book is historical and description which was informative. With fierce independence of mind and an acid tongue, little around him escaped his wit and caustic laceration, including the Mughal Emperor himself.

It is not a mere succession of years, as the autobiography of Babur tends to be, but an inner dialogue of spiritual questioning and search. Kabir says, listen saints: A thoroughly revised edition of the classic collection, with a new afterword by John Stratton Hawley and ten poems newly translated by Robert Bly. The never heard of soul.


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I take it back. Dec 01, Jan rated it liked it Recommended to Jan by: Hiss poems are very androgynous yet full of passion. The pupils drown along with their gurus.

Holy men of many faiths, poets, architects and artisans adorned his court from poemms over the world for study and discussion. He is at once irreverent toward authority and amazed by divinity.

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My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Kabir, active 15th century. May 10, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Preview — The Kabir Book by Kabir. Picked this up at random at a used book store that specializes in the occult and other such flim-flammery following my policy of occasionally doing this. Jun 19, Martin rated it liked it. Not all that long ago, in another review, I wrote that I preferred the Rabindranath Tagore translation to this one.

And the music from the strings no one touches, and the source of all water. He is at once irreverent toward authority and amazed by divinity.

The Kabir Book: Forty-Four of the Ecstatic Poems of Kabir

And that “No” is just a lie. The universe is shot through in all parts by a single sort of love.

Columbia University professor of religion John Stratton Hawley’s new introduction places Kabir’s work firmly into modern times, explaining the value of Bly’s work with these poems. I’ve seen plenty of Muslim teachers, holy men reading their holy books and teaching their pupils techniques. If you make love with the Divine now, in the next life you will have the face of satisfied desire.


Aug 03, Bpaul rated it it was ok Shelves: Go over and over your beads, paint werid designs on your forehead, wear your hair matted, long and ostentatious, but when deep inside you there is a loaded gun, how can you have God?

At the early stages they dwarfed the European states and their relative demise was anything but a foregone conclusion, the Ottomans almost taking Vienna; if America had not been discovered global history might have turned out quite otherwise.

A westernized interpretation, misidentified as a translation, that does little justice to the language of the original thinker. Originally published in and having sold more than 75, copies to date, Kabir is a classic.

Or you could become his physician; but if you did, poms life would be passed in constant apprehension, for should the Nabob sneeze, he will glare at you as though you ought to have given him a sword and buckler to keep off the cold wind.

Robert Bly is an award-winning poet, translator, and writer.

Its members, known as Kabir panthis, are estimated to be around 9. It’s not that it’s too “plain” but that there’s no music to it–it’s rhythmically flat.