Songs of Kabir
'Songs of Kabir' Summary
Kabir was influenced by the prevailing religious mood of his times, such as old Brahmanic Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, the teachings of Nath yogis and the personal devotionalism of South India mixed with the imageless God of Islam. The influence of these various doctrines is clearly evident in Kabir's verses.
The basic religious principles he espoused are simple. According to Kabir, all life is an interplay of two spiritual principles. One is the personal soul (Jivatma) and the other is God (Paramatma). It is Kabir's view that salvation is the process of bringing into union these two divine principles.
His poems resonate with praise for the true guru who reveals the divine through direct experience, and denounce more usual ways of attempting god-union such as chanting, austerities, etc. His verses, which being illiterate he never expressed in writing and were spoken in vernacular Hindi, often began with some strongly worded insult to get the attention of passers-by. Kabir has enjoyed a revival of popularity over the past half century as arguably the most accessible and understandable of the Indian saints.
Kabir was a 15th century Indian poet and mystic who is considered one of the most important figures in the Bhakti movement, a movement that emphasized the personal devotion and love of God. Kabir was...More on Kabir
- Select Speed
Harold the Dauntless by Sir Walter Scott
Harold the Dauntless is a narrative poem in six short cantos by Walter Scott, published in 1817. It employs a variety of metres. Set in the Durham ar...
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Nearly 160 years after it was first published, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass continues to inspire, enthrall and educate generations of readers. This...
The Silk-Hat Soldier and Other Poems in War Time by Richard le Gallienne
The poems in this collection reflect the poet's thoughts and feelings about the war, its causes, and its effects on society and humanity. "The Silk-Ha...
A Rubaiyat Miscellany by Omar Khayyam
The translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald has remained the most celebrated rendering in English of the Persian poet's work....
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Magnificent in its scale and scope, this monumental poem by the blind poet John Milton was the first epic conceived in the English language. It descri...
The Secret Key, And Other Verses by George Essex Evans
Born in London of Welsh parents, George Essex Evans was raised and educated by his mother Mary Ann (née Owen) in Pembrokeshire after she was widowed w...
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyam
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his 1859 translation from Persian to English of a selection of quatrains (rubāʿiy...
The Psalms and Odes of Solomon by Rendel Harris
The Odes of Solomon is a collection of 42 odes attributed to Solomon. Various scholars have dated the composition of these religious poems to anywhere...
The Siege of Corinth by George Gordon Byron, Lord
The Siege of Corinth is a rhymed, tragic narrative poem by Lord Byron. Published in 1816 by John Murray in London with the poem Parisina, it was inspi...
Eros & Psyche; a poem in twelve measures by Robert Bridges
As Psyche - the youngest daughter of a petty Cretan king - grows into the full flower of womanhood, she becomes worshiped by the common people as the...