David N. Lorenzen is a Professor at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City. He is the author of Kabir Legends and Ananta-Das's Kabir Parachai: With a Translation of the Kabir Parachai Prepared in Collaboration with Jagdish Kumar and Uma Thukral and with an Edition of the Niranjani Panthi Recension of this Work and the editor of Bhakti Religion in North India: Community Identity and Political Action, both published by SUNY Press.
From The Houri and the Poet
From the spark I seek star, from the star a sun: For if I stop, I die
When I get up, having quaffed
A cup of wine brewed by one spring breeze, Longing for yet another spring. I seek the end of that which hs no end --
With a restless eye, with a hopeful heart.
The lover's heart dies in an eternal heaven --
I it no cry of a soul in affliction
no sorrow, and no one to drive away sorrow
The volume gives modern readers an idea entry point into the issues by presenting clear, fresh translations of the most important primary sources, along with simple and informative introductions to explain the context of the writings.
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