The Bijak of Kabir

The Bijak of Kabir

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Kabir was an extraodinary oral poet whose works have been sung and recited by millions throughout North India for half a millennium. He may have been illiterate: "I do not touch ink or paper, this hand has never grasped a pen" and he preached an abrasive, sometimes shocking, always uncompromising message that exhorted his audience to shed their delusions, pretensions, and empty orthodoxies in favour of an intense, direct, and personal confrontation with the truth. Thousands of poems are popularly attributed to Kabir, but only a few written collections have survived over the centuries. The "Bijak" is one of the most important, and is the sacred book of those who follow more

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  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 232 x 23mm | 417g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195148754
  • 9780195148756

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Hess has liberated this fresh and stunning voice from centuries of pious encrustation on the Indian side, and decades of unwitting conventionality on our own Parabolashow more

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Preface; Transliteration and Abbreviations; INTRODUCTION; 1. Kabir's Life and work; 2. Rough Rhetoric; 3. The Untellable Story; 4. 'Numskull, You've Missed the Point!'; TRANSLATIONS; 1. Sabda; 2. Ramaini; 3. Sakhi; APPENDICES; A. Upside-down Language 1. The Tradition 2. The Cow is Sucking at the Calf's Teat: Interpreting Kabir's Upside-down Song; B. A Note on Meter and Rhyme; C. Versions and Editions of the Bijak and Errors in the Hindu Editionshow more

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