Wild Surmise: The Poetry Reading Group
This month again the poetry lovers will continue the discussions & reading of “The Bijak of Kabir”.
There are thousands of poems popularly attributed to Kabir but only a few written collections have survived over the centuries. The Bijak is one of the most important anthologies, being the sacred book of the Kabir Panth and the main representative of the Eastern tradition of Kabirís verses. All versions of the Bijak include three main sections called Ramaini, Sabda and Sakhi, plus a fourth section containing a number of miscellaneous folk-song forms.
Shukdev Singh and Linda Hess have accomplished a translation of real grace and remarkable accuracy. The introduction and notes explore Kabir’s work, place it in its initial context and explore its meaning for modern time.