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Kabir: The Weaver's Songs

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One of India's greatest mystics, Kabir (1398-1448) was also a satirist and philosopher, and a poet of timeless wit and wisdom. Equally immersed in theology and social thought, music and politics, his songs have won devoted followers from every walk of life through the past five centuries. He was a Muslimby name, but his ideas stand at the intersection of Hinduism and Islam ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by Penguin Global (first published October 21st 2003)
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Chris brown
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I knew I had to purchase this book when I saw it sitting on two shelves at my former Borders bookstore. The first shelf was in religion: right after the books on Rumi and wedged in between the end of the Qu’rans perched a shelf above various versions of The Bhagavad Gita and The Upanishads. In reflection, I see how a more proper placement could not have been found except for its other home in the poetry section. However now I would argue against its flippant placement on the various poetry shelf ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I will admit that I had never heard of this work, and only read it because I found myself in the Delhi airport looking for additional reading material, and the fact that it is published by Penguin classics sold me. I am very happy that I have read it, as it is filled with philosophical insights on the simple life, written in beautiful poetic form. Dharwadker's introductory notes are exceptional. They are smart and straightforward, and frankly serve as a collegiate-level introduction.

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Having met Kabir's poetry through Tagore's translations, I had to prepare myself for new consideration and surprises in Vinay Dharwadker's translations - both of which were required and delivered. Those differences are why I like to read different translations, especially of poetry. This one is well worth reading for form and because it may grant new ways of living with cherished poems.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Bad translation of Kabir's poems. Good for history and documentation on him.
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Kabir(1440—1518) was a mystic poet and saint of India, whose writings have greatly influenced the Bhakti movement.

Not much is known of Kabir's birth parents, but it is known that he was brought up in a family of Muslim weavers. He was found by a Muslim weaver named Niru and his wife, Nima, in Lehartara, situated in Varanasi. They adopted the boy and taught him the weaver's trade.

Kabir was influenced by the prevailing religious mood of his times, such as old Brahmanic Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhis
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This so isn't the cover of the book!

Anyhow, I was initially a little put off by this book since the intro section is almost as long as the body of poems it translates, and then there are additional notes at the end.... I thought, I'm getting too much apparatus and not enough poems.

But I was wrong about that, at least in the loosest sense. The notes are great-- a very lucid and focused translator's note, which is all you really need to read the poems, and then a series of smart, detailed explanat
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Kabīr was 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 ...more
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