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Kabir

Kabir

Weaver's Songs

Vinay Dharwadkar
,
Vinay Dharwadker
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Knowledge ahead, knowledge behind,
knowledge to the left and right.

The knowledge that knows what knowledge is:
that’s the knowledge that’s mine.

-Bijak, sakhi 188

One of India’s greatest mystics, Kabir (1398-1448) was also a satirist and philosopher, a poet of timeless wit and wisdom. Equally immersed in theology and social thought, music and politics, his songs have won devoted followers from every walk of life through the past five centuries. He was a Muslim by name, but his ideas stand at the intersection of Hinduism and Islam, Bhakti and Yoga, religion and secularism. And his words were always marked by rhetorical boldness and conceptual subtlety.

This book offers Vinay Dharwadker’s sparkling new translations of one hundred poems, drawing for the first time on major sources in half a dozen literary languages. They closely mimic the structure, voice and style of the originals, revealing Kabir’s multiple facets in historical and cultural contexts. Finely balancing simplicity and complexity, this selection opens up new forms of imagination and experience for discerning readers around the world.

Imprint: India Penguin Classics

Published: Oct/2003

ISBN: 9780143029687

Length : 328 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

Kabir

Weaver's Songs

Vinay Dharwadkar
,
Vinay Dharwadker

Knowledge ahead, knowledge behind,
knowledge to the left and right.

The knowledge that knows what knowledge is:
that’s the knowledge that’s mine.

-Bijak, sakhi 188

One of India’s greatest mystics, Kabir (1398-1448) was also a satirist and philosopher, a poet of timeless wit and wisdom. Equally immersed in theology and social thought, music and politics, his songs have won devoted followers from every walk of life through the past five centuries. He was a Muslim by name, but his ideas stand at the intersection of Hinduism and Islam, Bhakti and Yoga, religion and secularism. And his words were always marked by rhetorical boldness and conceptual subtlety.

This book offers Vinay Dharwadker’s sparkling new translations of one hundred poems, drawing for the first time on major sources in half a dozen literary languages. They closely mimic the structure, voice and style of the originals, revealing Kabir’s multiple facets in historical and cultural contexts. Finely balancing simplicity and complexity, this selection opens up new forms of imagination and experience for discerning readers around the world.

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Vinay Dharwadkar

Vinay Dharwadker

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