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The enigmatic Indian mystical poet Kabir stands among the greatest spiritual thinkers of human history. At once a Sufi, Hindu, and unbounded disciple of the universal Divine, Kabir and his songs of union and ecstasy lead us beyond our preconceived biases about truth and reality—and invite us to see our life, through his eyes, as an ego-shattering and incomparably joyful dance with the Beloved.
This 65-poem collection of Kabir’s most rapturous spiritual songs, rendered into modern language by acclaimed poet and Sufi performing artist Thomas Rain Crowe, is brought to life in fresh, evocative language bursting with mystical power. As striking and profound now as when they were originally composed in fifteenth-century India, these poems offer a sumptuous taste of true reality—beyond boundaries of religion and culture, beyond divisions of self and other, and in joyful embrace of life and our world.
Thomas Rain Crowe is an internationally published author, editor, and translator of more than thirty books. He has been an editor of major literary and cultural journals and anthologies and is the founder and publisher of New Native Press. He lived in San Francisco during the 1970s and was an original member of the group responsible for the resurrection of Beatitude magazine during those years. A longtime resident of the southern Appalachians, he lives in western North Carolina.
Ramesh Bjonnes is a Norwegian-American writer and has published five books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India), and A Brief History of Yoga (InnerWorld). Bjonnes has published articles, interviews, and translations of and about American poets in Norwegian literary journals, including Robert Bly and Quincy Troupe. He is currently translating the poetry of Kabir into Norwegian. He spent several years living in India and Nepal studying Tantra. While there, he often encountered members of the Kabir Kanth, ascetic wanderers dressed in white singing the works of this iconoclastic poet saint.