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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Robert Bly is an award-winning poet, translator, and writer. The power of Kabir’s words come from his passion-and also from his humor.

The sound of the gates opening wakens the beautiful woman asleep. Other editions – View all Kabir: 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? Translation is never an exactitude. In the tradition of ecstatic poetry, Kabir writes of bodily delights and of choices made by the heart, not the mind.

Urdu and Hindi, those peculiar twin languages of the Indian subcontinent are essentially the same language, yet divided into two by the usage of two different scripts for writing, Persian and Devangari, and the differing religions and cultures of their respective communities, being largely though not exclusively, Muslim and Hindu respectively.

Open Preview See a Problem? View all 3 comments. If I tell the truth they rush to beat me, If I lie they trust me. Does Bly actually know the Bengali of Tagore’s that provide him that translation of Kabir’s original? Beacon Press- Poetry – pages. Jul 15, Elazar rated it did not like it. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. His personality emerges from such small details as his correcting the spelling errors in the letters of kabjr son and ecsatic as Emperor, Humayun, and his catalogue of his likes and dislikes. Its members, known as Kabir panthis, are estimated to be around 9. I’ve no doubt he’s an amazing poet though, and I really did enjoy a lot of his poetry.


The Gardener Is Coming. As the West kkabir to supremacy reinforced by the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution and Industrial Revolution their empires gradually dismembered and absorbed their relatively stagnant Islamic rivals, particularly the modernizing Russian Empire to the north and the economically, scientifically and culturally dynamic British Empirewhich was destined to supplant all three as the largest and most powerful empire in all of world history, ruling over more than one-fourth of all global land area and human population.

Kabir’s early life is not firmly established.

Needless to say, such efforts at religious tolerance and rationalism outraged fundamentalists within his own Muslim and other faiths, and ultimately his efforts, like those of Akhnaton in Egypt to found a more ecsfatic monotheism, were defeated by the reactionary clerics who after his death termed his policies heresy and returned to the traditions of orthodoxy and intolerance.

Found his translations heavy-handed and obviously modern-psychology-influenced. Let the muezzin give the call to prayer and they will stop his mouth, for no one cares for Islam these days Escerpt from Sauda’s Satires”How to Earn a Living in Hindustan” “Better to keep silent than try to answer such a question, for even the tongues of angels cannot do justice to the answer.

May 07, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: Nonetheless, for centuries the three Islamic empires constructively 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.

Poeme take it back. This is coming in the kabif Whatever I say, nobody gets it. A blue cloth has been stretched up, it is decorated with the poeme and many jewels. No trivia or quizzes yet. His philosophy incorporated the beliefs and practices of both Muslims and Hindus. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. They buzz their mantras from house to house, puffed with pride.

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

If Bly is taking liberties, I must ecshatic he’s done that piems good faith. Sometimes I find a book I know I’ll read about 30 times, and this is one of those booksit has given me so much joy, I piems angry at it. Writers of global significance from this period include such renown figues 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.


I’ve been a fan of Bly for years, and of course he turns all of his translations into Robert Bly poems, but damn Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

As such he turned away from the intolerance of sectarian religion on all sides and strove for the unification of all spiritual traditions in an ecumenical mysticism, Muslim, Sufi, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist, seeking after a simple “oneness” with God in all manifestations.

That will do for a place to sit. That’s in contrast to the last “translation” of Rumi I read, which was practically a hoax on a gullible public hungry for spirituality. I hear bells ringing that no one has shaken, inside “love” there is more joy than we know of, rain pours down, although the sky is clear of clouds, there are whole rivers of light. I’ve seen the pious Hindus, rule-followers, early morning bath-takers killing souls, they worship rocks.

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The Bride Wants Her Lover. Don’t let a chance like this go by! 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 kabit 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.

And posturing yogis, hypocrites, hearts crammed with pride, praying to brass, to stones, reeling with pride in their pilgrimage, fixing their caps and their prayer-beads, painting their brow-marks and arm-marks, braying their hymns and their couplets, reeling.

The power of Kabir’s words come from his passion–and also from his humor.

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All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds and millions of stars.