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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Writers of global significance from this period include such renown ecshatic as Ghalib, master of the ghazal love poem, Sauda the great prose satirist, the Jain writer Banarasidas, Mir Taqi Mir, the great poet of religious tolerance Kabir, and even the journals and lagacies of the Mughal Emperors themselves, such as Babur, Jahangir and Akbar the Great.

It features one major character, Mohammad ala Rushdie who is a Sufi novice in the Mevlevi order who is also a modern social activists in the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly for global democracy.

Would have liked more Kabir poems. Its members, known as Kabir panthis, are estimated to be around 9. Kabir, active 15th century.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There was an error while adding the following items. Feb 25, Srishtee rated it it was ok. No trivia or quizzes yet. Something about ‘non-Western mentality’, the less-than-rational, or the putting aside of the rational, that’s sluggish in prose, but that poms in poems. The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic just because the body is rotten — that is all fantasy.

His greatest work is the “Bijak” the “Seedling”an idea of the fundamental kablr of man, and the oneness of man and God. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Fortunately, this is a good thing. What is it about ecstatic poetry by poets like Rumi that invites “translation” by people with no knowledge of the language in kaibr the poetry was actually written?


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

Jul 06, Alli Brook marked it as to-read. Not all that long ago, in another review, I wrote that I preferred the Rabindranath Tagore translation to this one. No one knows the secret. I hear bells ringing that no one has shaken, inside poeems there is more joy than we know of, rain pours down, although the sky is clear of clouds, there are whole rivers of light.

Robert Bly offers his “versions” of poems by Kabir, a 14th-century Sufi mystic and poet of Benares, India. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind. May 22, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nonetheless, for centuries the three Islamic empires ecsratic competed and also learned from each other cultually, sharing the Arabic language,Islamic religion and sharia law in the religious domain, as well as the Persian language for administration, diplomacy and culture in the royal courts, forming an impressive era of Islamic civilization.

But, knowing nothing of the language, who am I to say? Mar 24, Lindsey rated it it was ok Shelves: I’ve no doubt he’s an amazing poet though, and I really did enjoy a lot of his poetry. 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 weaver by trade but a poet-singer by calling, Kabir lived in fifteenth-century India.

His personality emerges from such small details as his correcting the spelling errors in the letters of his son and successor as Emperor, Humayun, and his catalogue of his likes and dislikes. It tells of his sorrow as a young man at the death of Emperor Akbar the Great in kaabir, and the main occupations of his life, the quest for merchant success and the greater quest for spiritual fulfillment.


If anyone ever finds it please let me know! Poes westernized interpretation, misidentified as a translation, that does little justice to the language of the original thinker. Maybe the mystery is extra, my being so very American, so very molded from cosmopolitan ideals looking much like the best of New Yo Something about ‘non-Western mentality’, the less-than-rational, or the putting aside of the rational, that’s sluggish in prose, but that sparkles in poems.

His magazines have been the center of a poetic movement involving the poets Donald Hall, Louis Simpson, and James Wright. Knowing nothing shuts the iron gates; the new love opens them. Escerpt from Sauda’s Satires”How to Earn a Living pems Hindustan” “Better to keep silent than try to answer such a question, for even the tongues of angels cannot do justice to the answer. Preview — The Kabir Book by Kabir. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

I chose Tagore because—in philosophical seriousness and bibilical gravity—I imagine his translation more closely reflects the original.

All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds and millions of stars. Ecstztic Mundi on Goodreads: I’ve always had a soft spot for Robert Bly, and I kind of liked his Kabir. They buzz their mantras from house to house, puffed with pride. The Mughal Empire ruled over million people at a time when Britain had fewer than 10 million, France less than 20 esctatic even the comparable Ottoman Empire less than 30 million.

May 07, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: No eBook available Beacon Press Amazon. 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.

Since publication of Iron John: