- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Integral Pub (February 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941255328
- ISBN-13: 978-0941255325
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,104,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Poets of the Powers: Magic, Freedom, and Renewal Paperback – February 1, 1993
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About the Author
About the author: Kamil Zvelebil, Ph.D., is a world renowned authority on Tamil language and culture, and pioneer of Tamil studies and university professor in the Netherlands.
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The author concentrates on the political and social aspects of the poets, which is a very good thing, because the professor makes sure to let readers know that the Siddha literature has been destroyed, supressed or ignored by the orthodox Hindus of past ages. Many of the Siddhas of the past put down the practices of the orthodoxy, taking a more direct and experiential view of metaphysics, cosmology and theology - and much in the way of early Zen practitioners, were considered heretics because of the way they used "colorful metaphors" in the attempt to engage the reader (or listner) in direct experience of the teaching. Many of the poems he presents in this small work have a flavor of the poetry of an oppressed minority clothed in the language of oriental mysticism. This is a book that could be very entertaining on a long flight, and is a good beginning for anyone interested in getting a start with the Tamil Siddha poets.
Un livre fort bien écrit, nourri de nombreux détails, dans lequel on ressent tout le respect de l'auteur pour la mystérieuse tradition des Cittars ou Siddhas tamouls.