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The Bijak of Kabir

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Kabir was an extraordinary oral poet whose works have been sung and recited by millions throughout North India for half a millennium. He may have been illiterate and he preached an abrasive, sometimes shocking, always uncompromising message that exhorted his audience to shed their delusions, pretentions, and empty orthodoxies in favor of an intense, direct, and personal co ...more
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Published April 1st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1983)
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Sanjay Gautam
Jan 29, 2016 Sanjay Gautam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"First the pain of separation, then the thirst for Love"
says Kabir, "only then will you know Joy of the Union".

Bijak: means a document containing sacred texts. And it is one of the earliest of the major texts in modern Hindi. Kabir suggested that True God is with the person who is on the path of righteousness, considered all creatures on earth as his own self, and who is passively detached from the affairs of the world. Kabir was an enlightened saint and this work actually contains his couplets
Carah Naseem
Jan 23, 2012 Carah Naseem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE MOST radical motherfucker. This verse leaves me reeling.
Sandeep Telang
Feb 29, 2012 Sandeep Telang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book made the teaching of the Buddha more firm, clearer and close resemblance which in turn faith towards Buddha are more clear. The book content has been composed by Kabir in UNTOUCHABLE INDIA, for sure. Thanks to Dr. B.R Ambedkar's effort to fight for untouchable and treat all equal. Dr B.R Ambedkar himself from KABIRPANTH. But he renounce HINDUISM and entered into BUDDHISM. Because of only two cause, UNTOUCHABILITY and PURE MYSTICISM.Please let-us make these books free of cost for reading ...more
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
This translation is really amazing, and the commentary also illuminating, and in a very radical kind of English, not shying away from a rich way of bringing the paradoxical poems of Kabir, with their often almost "surreal" upside-downness, to life. Koan-like, in that by a clash of opposites, irrational positings, we're brought even somewhat breathlessly close to his meanings... And his voice is here very human, very familiar-seeming, without resorting to an academic literalness, yet very authent ...more
Shaily Parihar
Jul 04, 2013 Shaily Parihar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've been reading and learning Kabir's dohas since childhood. I believe, each one of us know at least one or two saying by Kabir.

What makes this book special is the stylistics analysis of Kabir's work. Need to read it several times. The book makes explicit the rhetoric of Kabir; explores the mechanisms of "how" and "why" he says something. Linda Hess is amazing.
Aug 14, 2007 Sachin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics-poetry
One of the greatest poets ever....
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Kabīrwas a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement. The name Kabir comes from Arabic al-Kabīr which means "The Great" – the 37th name of God in Islam. 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. Its members, known as Kabir p ...more
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“Many have died; you also will die. The drum of death is being beaten. The world has fallen in love with a dream. Only sayings of the wise will remain.” 130 likes
“as jolaha ka maram na jana, jinh jag ani pasarinhh tana;
dharti akas dou gad khandaya, chand surya dou nari banaya;
sahastra tar le purani puri, ajahu bine kathin hai duri;
kahai kabir karm se jori, sut kusut bine bhal kori;

No one could understand the secret of this weaver who, coming into existence, spread the warp as the world; He fixed the earth and the sky as the pillars, and he used the sun and the moon as two shuttles; He took thousands of stars and perfected the cloth; but even today he weaves, and the end is difficult to fathom.

Kabir says that the weaver, getting good or bad yarn and connecting karmas with it, weaves beautifully. ”
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