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Grace and Mercy in Her Wild Hair : Selected Poems to the Mother Goddess
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 891.4413
EAN: 9780934252942
ISBN: 0934252947
Label: Hohm Press
Manufacturer: Hohm Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 120
Publication Date: 1999-10
Publisher: Hohm Press
Studio: Hohm Press

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This translation by Leonard Nathan and Clinton Seely is considered a classic by both scholars of Indian poetry and lovers of the Great Mother. Their words capture the divine vitality and earthy quality of Ramprasad's uncompromising quest for spiritual liberation and his excruciating joy in devotion. From wild despair to exhilarating joy and resonant peace, the passion of Bengali poet Ramprasad Sen's work burns as hot as it did in the 18th century. Ramprasad Sen defied the Brahman-dominated Hindu orthodoxy of the time to create devotional poems, or bhakti, to Kali and Tara, the dark goddesses who are the guardians of the cycles of birth and death. Poets wrote bhakti to achieve a direct, passionate relationship with a particular deity. Lyrical and poignant, the poems are as relevant today-to readers of all faiths and cultures-as they were two hundred years ago:


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Summary: Bhakti poetry with a touch on tantra
Comment: If you are unfamiliar with the ecstatic religious poetry tradition - Rumi, Mirabai, ... this is not the volume to start on; read Mirabai's For Love of the Dark One first. However, if you have some familarity with the tradition, you'll find this book fascinating - this is more recent (18th century) and closer to the tribal origins of the worship of Kali/Uma/Pavarti/Gauri/Tara. These poems are popular in the sense that they have been kept alive through oral transmission rather than written manuscripts. One poem with a surprising rural flavor stands out: ".../My body is Tara's field/ in which the God of Gods/ like a good farmer / sows his seed with a great mantra. / Around this body, faith / is set like a fence / with patience for posts ..."


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