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KABIR’S  PEARLS OF WISDOM A Translation fo 108 Verses

Author Name: Dr. Surekha Verma | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Poetry | Other Details

Kabir Das was a 15th century mystic, saint and poet of India who happened to be one of the fore-runners and a strong supporter of a religious-cum-spiritual renaissance, the ‘Bhakti Movement’. It was an uprising against the rigid manifestation of dogmas and rituals among Hindus as well as oppression at the hands of Muslim rulers in the name of religion. They filled the Indian sacred hearts with doom and dread.

Though all the poet-mystics of the time loved God in their own ways, Kabir worshipped, loved and venerated the Supreme-energy manifest as the primordial, formless, pure and the pristine. His verses show a spirit closer and akin to that of Sufis.

 Though lovelorn, Kabir was far from roaming among the clouds. He stood vociferously against the inane precepts and insane customs of his time involving merciless killings in the name of sacrifice. He also lashed back at the causeless and stupid conflicts between different religions and sects. Kabir’s mission lay in equating Ram with Rahim and bridging the gap between the two.

His couplets came to be known down generations orally. They were later compiled in a book form called Bijak. In spite of him never holding a paper or pen all his life, his verses have regaled and enthralled Indian Hindi-knowing readers down the centuries and are often recited, sung and quoted to this day.

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Dr. Surekha Verma

Dr.Surekha Verma is teaching in a college affiliated to Mumbai University for the last 15 years She secured her honors, post graduation and doctorate in English literature from Patna University.

She finds it fascinating that the ancient classical poets were not mere litterateurs but saints and mystics; real enlightened ones. Many of these poems by our classical poet-saints have been put to multifarious musical compositions with each singer putting in his/her own unique interpretation and rendition.

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