Speaking Of Siva

Paperback | August 30, 1973

byA AnonymousTranslated byA. K. Ramanujian

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Speaking of Siva is a selection of vacanas or free-verse sayings from the Virasaiva religious movement, dedicated to Siva as the supreme god. Written by four major saints, the greatest exponents of this poetic form, between the tenth and twelfth centuries, they are passionate lyrical expressions of the search for an unpredictable and spontaneous spiritual vision of 'now'. Here, yogic and tantric symbols, riddles and enigmas subvert the language of ordinary experience, as references to night and day, sex and family relationships take on new mystical meanings. These intense poems of personal devotion to a single deity also question traditional belief systems, customs, superstitions, image worship and even moral strictures, in verse that speaks to all men and women regardless of class and caste.

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  This collection of verses was originally written in Kannada, a Dravidian language of South India in the 10th century. Composed by four saints of the ‘bhakti’ movement, the poems are termed ‘vacanas’ or free verse where the subject is the worship of the essence of Siva through harmony with all living things. Translated by A.K. Ramanuj...

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Speaking of Siva is a selection of vacanas or free-verse sayings from the Virasaiva religious movement, dedicated to Siva as the supreme god. Written by four major saints, the greatest exponents of this poetic form, between the tenth and twelfth centuries, they are passionate lyrical expressions of the search for an unpredictable and s...

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This volume contains a collection of vacanas (free-verse lyrics) centering on the Hindu god Shiva, written by four saints of the great bhakti protest movement of the tenth century a.d.: Basvanna, Devara Dasimayya, Mahaadeviyakka, and Allama Prabhu.

Translated with an introduction by A. K. Ramanujan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.81 × 5.13 × 0.49 inPublished:August 30, 1973Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140442707

ISBN - 13:9780140442700

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Speaking of SivaTranslator's Note
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Further Readings in English

The Poems:
Basavanna
Devara Dasimayya
Mahadeviyakka
Allama Prabbu

Appendix I. The Six-Phase System
Appendix II. On Lingayat Culture
by William McCormack
Notes to the Poems

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  This collection of verses was originally written in Kannada, a Dravidian language of South India in the 10th century. Composed by four saints of the ‘bhakti’ movement, the poems are termed ‘vacanas’ or free verse where the subject is the worship of the essence of Siva through harmony with all living things. Translated by A.K. Ramanujan, the poems in Speaking of Siva retain all of their timeless and universal passion in a way fully appreciable today.