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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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. Dec 01, Jan rated it liked it Recommended to Jan by: The Emperor fancied himself a good poet and often summoned literary men to hear him recite his works. You don’t grasp the fact that what is most alive of all is inside your own house; and you walk from one holy city to the next with a ppoems look!

Jul 26, Erik Akre rated it liked it Recommends it for: It must be the translation but it didn’t resonate with me. Paperback71 pages. View all 3 comments.

I will tell you the truth: Let your arrogance go, and look around inside. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Equally important if less well appreciated in the West is the magnificent literature the Mughals produced and patronized, first in the imperial language of the court, Persian, and from the early eighteenth century, in Urdu, a north Indian language closely related to Hindi but using the Mughal Persian script and adding a large vocabulary of loan-words and cultural allusions, genres and aesthetics from Persian and Muslim Arabic.

In addition to being a conqueror he was also a keen writer, and his autobiography, pooems “Baburnama” or “Memoirs of Babur” has kabie compared to the “Meditations” of Marcus Aurelius and the “Confessions” of Augustine and Rousseau, pkems its uncommon candor in the presentation of self. I’ve always had a soft spot for Robert Bly, and I kind of liked his Kabir.

The widow abandoned Kabir to escape dishonour associated with births outside marriage. If there are spiritual questions to answer, the answer is ‘inside’. Well, it sounds like Robert Bly of Iron John fame speaking in the voice of his idea of a 14th-century Indian mystic, and that’s about what it is. Robert Bly offers his “versions” of poems by Kabir, a 14th-century Sufi mystic and poet of Benares, India.


It’s not that it’s too “plain” but that there’s no music to it–it’s rhythmically flat. As our contemporary world struggles with political turmoil caused by religious beliefs, the poems of Kabir seem as relevant today as when they were first written. These translation free his words from the “hopeless” Victorian of Tagore and Underhill. It is sometimes regarded as the first autobiography in the entire Muslim world, ecsttaic the genre.

Kabir, active 15th century.

They extended their sway over the greater part of South Asia bringing an era of peace and stability that allowed the economy and society to flourish. You could buy a horse and offer yourself in service in some noble’s army. If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth: But never in this world will kabri see your pay, and you will rarely have both a sword and a shield by you, for you must pawn one or the other each day to buy ecstativ for your horse; and unless the moneylender is kind to you, you or your wife must go hungry, for you will not get enough to feed you both.

I guess this is the best one What is it about ecstatic poetry by poets like Rumi that invites “translation” by people with no knowledge of the language in which the poetry was actually written?

Holy men of many faiths, poets, architects and artisans adorned poemx court from all over the world for study and discussion. In Indian tradition, he is commonly supposed to have lived for years from towhich “permits him to be associated with other famous figures such as Guru Nanak and Sikander Lodi” Historians are uncertain about his dates of birth and death. Robert Bly lives on a farm in his native state of Minnesota.

Return to Book Page. 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 Poemz was reduced to an impotent figurehead hardly even in command of one city, his own capital. At least this book, between its forward by Bly himself and the more scholarly afterward, is more or less honest about its origins and limitations. Or you could become his physician; but if you did, your 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.


Whatever I say, nobody gets it.

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

Aug 03, Bpaul rated it esctatic was ok Shelves: Thought I would be able to experience more of Kabir’s writings. Jun 19, Martin rated it liked it. The mission of the World Literature Forum is to introduce to readers coming from their own national literary traditions such as the West, to the great writers of all the world’s literary traditions whose contribution and influence beyond their own borders have had an influence on the formation of our emerging World Literature in our age of globalization, unprecedented travel and interaction of cultures including the instantaneous global communications of the Age of the Internet and the cross-border e-Book.

You will live through torture as you watch him feed. All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds and millions of stars.

Kabir insists on a present, erotic divinity. The sun and the moon can be seen in that place; when looking at that, bring your mind down to silence. Kabir gives a mundane question with a complication in an air, but the answers were coloured with an essence of soul. Beacon Press- Poetry – pages. Not only did Kabir influence these religious traditions, he was one of the major inspirations behind Sikhism as well.

Why you should read this book?

I chose Tagore because—in philosophical seriousness and bibilical gravity—I imagine his translation more closely reflects the original. Quotes from The Kabir Book: Refresh and try again.

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

The power of Kabir’s words come from his passion–and also from his humor. With the word “reason” you already feel miles away. This is a challenging conception of things, and the book is best when moving between this vital recognition and acknowledging the difficulty of following the path that such a recognition outlines–invitation and warning.

What is inside me moves inside you. ;oems the end they’re sorry. I’ve no doubt he’s an amazing poet though, and I really kabirr enjoy a lot of his poetry.

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