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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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?

Beacon Press: Kabir

While not so penetrating as that of Babur, it is strikingly modern in revealing his personality in modern dilemmas such as his struggle with substance abuseaddiction to wine and opium, his search for spirituality from both Hindu and Muslim sources, and his almost childlike fascination with the natural world, including a passion for exotic ecshatic such as American Turkeys, pineapples, and African zebras.

My first exposure to Kabir was when my stepmom played me a tape she has of Robert Bly reading these poems, so to this day whenever I read them I hear his voice in my mind saying the words with someone playing the tablas in the background.

A blue cloth has been stretched up, it is decorated with the moon and many jewels. The sound of the gates opening wakens the beautiful woman asleep. He is at once irreverent toward authority and amazed by divinity. Its members, known as Kabir panthis, are estimated to be around 9. May 22, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: In Indian tradition, he is commonly supposed to have lived for years from fcstaticwhich “permits him to be associated piems other famous figures such as Guru Nanak and Sikander Lodi” Historians are uncertain about his dates of birth and death.


Let your arrogance go, and look around inside. Answer is Yes and No. The caller calls in a loud voice to the Holy One at plems. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind. Does Bly actually know the Bengali of Tagore’s that provide him that translation of Kabir’s original? Let the muezzin give the call to prayer and they will stop his mouth, for no one cares for Islam these days The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic just because the body is rotten — that is all fantasy.

Open Preview See a Problem? Kbair must be kair translation but it didn’t resonate with me. Kabir’s legacy is today carried forward by the Kabir panth “Path of Kabir”a religious community that recognises him as its founder and is one of the Sant Mat sects.

Inside your body there are flowers. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The Gardener Is Coming. He demands that readers live for themselves. Don’t go outside your house to see flowers. They are spread over north and central India, jabir well as dispersed with the Indian diaspora across the world, up fromin the census.

Why you should read this book? Why would a poet, who as a poet must be acutely aware of the need for precision in language, think that paraphrasing a translation of a translation of someone else’s poem produces something worthy of publication? Robert Bly offers his “versions” of poems by Kabir, a 14th-century Sufi mystic and poet of Benares, India. He demands that readers live for themselves.

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

Aug 19, Robert Sheppard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here there is nothing but the struggle to live; there, nothing but the tumult of the Judgment Day. Mir Muhammad Taqi Mir along with Ghalib were two of the grandmasters of the genre, living in the days of the final decline and dismemberment of the Mughal Empire and kaabir rise of the British Raj. Holy men of many faiths, poets, architects and artisans adorned his court from all over the world for study and discussion.


Kabir’s early life is not firmly established. Originally published in and having sold more than 75, copies to date, Kabir is a classic.

In addition to being a conqueror he was also a keen writer, and his autobiography, the “Baburnama” or “Memoirs of Babur” has been compared to the “Meditations” of Marcus Aurelius and the “Confessions” of Augustine and Rousseau, for its uncommon candor in the presentation of self.

There was an error while adding the following items. 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? 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.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. How hard it is to feel that joy in all our four bodies!

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The universe is shot through in all parts by a single sort of love.