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Author: V K Subramanian
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170173949
This book, like its predecessor volumes one, two and three, encompasses selections from the lifework of ten mystic poet-saints of India, whose spiritual legacy is a perennial source of inspiration for all scholars of Indology..
The mystic poet-sage included in this volume lived between the 8th and 20th centuries and came from such diverse regions of India like Kashmir, Kerala, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.
They are: ‘Sundarar (also known as Sundaramurty), one of the great Nayanmars, ‘Nammalwar’, the Doyen of Alwars, ‘Basavanna’, the Founder of Veerasaivism—a movement pledged to an egalitarian society devoted to God, ‘Lad Ded or Lalla Yogeswari’, the Kashmiri saivite Yogin, Bilwa Mangal’ immortalized by his poem ‘Krishnakarnamritam, Chandidas’, the Vaishnavite Rebel of Bengal who spearheaded the ‘Sahaja’ movement of Bhakti, ‘Guru Nanak’, the Founder of Sikhism, ‘Eknath’, the Maharashtra saint, ‘Kshetrajna’, the Telugu composer whose sensual images sought to seek spiritual uplift and ‘Sudhananda Bharati’, the mystic Yogi, who poured out his heartfelt love for God in mellifluous poetry.
The Sang in different languages: ‘Kashmiri, Kannada, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali’ and ‘Tamil’. But all of them sang of the glory of God, with whom each had an intimate, spiritual communion.
This precious spiritual legacy bequeathed by the mystics of Indian will be a perennial source of inspiration for all scholars of Indology and a limitless repertoire for all artistes in the fields of music, dance, drama and ballet.