Speaking of Siva by A. K. Ramanujan
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Speaking of Siva
By A. K. Ramanujan

Speaking of Siva

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Speaking of Siva by A. K. Ramanujan

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140442700
ISBN-10: 0140442707
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 133mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Mar-1973
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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