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Product Details

  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Hohm Pr; 2nd edition (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934252947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934252942
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English
Original Language: Bengali

About the Author

Ramprasad Sen's poems traverse the spectrum of human experience, from vibrant joy to shadowy moods, from the sorrow of an abandoned child to the intoxicated hilarity of a man drunk with Kali's love, to the high calm of a worshiper tasting release. At once powerful and gentle, brash and subtle, these poems speak to the modern reader with ageless passion.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on June 10, 2000
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If you are unfamiliar with the ecstatic religious poetry tradition - Rumi, Mirabai, ... this is not the volume to start on; read Mirabai's For Love of the Dark One first. However, if you have some familarity with the tradition, you'll find this book fascinating - this is more recent (18th century) and closer to the tribal origins of the worship of Kali/Uma/Pavarti/Gauri/Tara. These poems are popular in the sense that they have been kept alive through oral transmission rather than written manuscripts. One poem with a surprising rural flavor stands out: ".../My body is Tara's field/ in which the God of Gods/ like a good farmer / sows his seed with a great mantra. / Around this body, faith / is set like a fence / with patience for posts ..."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indigo on November 4, 2012
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Different Deities than Rumi (Hindi, I believe, as opposed to Sufi), but all hearts seem to call on God for the same humble things. Ramprasad is a similar clear writer. He tends to focus on the the Mother Kali's seemingly callous, destructive side, but his laments are very real and current time, despite centuries having passed. And also humorous, because unfortunately there is often humor in tragedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 30, 2012
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The poetry in this book is beautiful, you can feel the devotion in every word. It is a must have for any devotee of Ma Kali.
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By Mr. Ed on December 31, 2014
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I am really pleased with this book, the beginning gives a history that is most engaging. The poems I must warn can be a bit earthy and dark but it is a wonderful reading especially if you have interest in Vedic culture and religious practices.
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