Author: G N Das
Foreword/Introduction: K S Duggal
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170172888
Kabir (1398-1518), the illiterate jolaha (weaver) poet who flourished in the 15th century in our ancient land sang hundreds of songs and couplets effortlessly. The first authentic record of some of these songs of great spiritual and poetic excellence is to be found in the holy Guru Granth Saheb of the Sikhs. These and more of them which have been handed down to us through other sources run into thousands.
Of them a large number portray the prem-lila (love-game) between the Soul of man (jivathma) and paramathma (Supreme Soul) for their ultimate union signifying the salvation of the soul in man and also of the man concerned. Kabir was firmly of the conviction that God, or in other words salvation, can be attained by the way of love.
Some of the love songs of Kabir together with other songs had been translated into English free verse by Tagore in 1915, and by Lynda Hess and another in 1947 and by Pritish Nandy in 1980. Kabir is now widely read by the English knowing readers in the country and abroad. But, for the first time one hundred and one of the love songs of Kabir are presented in simple lucid English free verse for the benefit of the wider audience in this book which will remove a long felt want.
INDEX OF FIRST LINE OF THE SONGS