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The Hermit and the Love-Thief: Sanskrit Poems of Bhartrihari and Bilhana

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Penguin Classics (first published December 1978)
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Caroline
Jun 29, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it
We savored no pleasure,
so we are consumed.
We practiced no penance,
so we are afflicted.
We did not elude time,
so we are pursued.
We did not wither craving,
so we are the wizened.


Bhartrihari is not a philosopher who carefully honed every poem to support a coherent prescription for the proper life. His poems express the range of human emotions felt by an educated but vital man. They variously celebrate (quoting from the introduction):

the four traditional pursuits: dharma (righteousness, learning, and
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Joseph Shafer
Feb 05, 2016 Joseph Shafer rated it liked it
I preferred Bhartrihari's portion to Bilhana's.
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