Antal and Her Path of Love: Poems of a Woman Saint from South India

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Item Code: IDE383
Author: Vidya Dehejia
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Language: English
Edition: 1992
ISBN: 8170303133
Pages: 191
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.8"
Weight 350 gm
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This book is a translation and study of the poems of ninth century woman saint and mystic. The introduction is designed to make the translations accessible to a non-specialist audience, while the Notes provide insights into the poems and useful explications of allusions and convention with which readers who do not possess a specialized knowledge of Tamil Vaisnava bhakti may be familiar.

"I liked the clear and idiomatic translation. Dehejia introduces the reader to a world of religious experience that is little known. In doing so, she recapture Antal's very personal appropriation of the world of Hindu Vaisnava myth. This book will make an important contribution towards widening out knowledge of women mystics."

Paul E. Muller-Ortega, Department of Religious Studies, Michigan State University. "As an aesthetically successful English translation of an important but hitherto neglected Tamil Bhakti text, this book represents a major contribution to the study of south Indian Hinduism. The text translated in exemplary of an important variety of religious experience in Hinduism which is prominent in many regions of India. It is therefore significant both in terms of the study of Tamil Hinduism and from a broader pan-regional perspective." Norman Cutler, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, The University of Chicago.

About the Author:

Vidya Dehijia is Associate Professor at Columbia University. She has written Slaves of the Lord: The Path of the Tamil Saints.

 

CONTENTS

 

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction: Woman, Poet and Mystic 1
Tiruppavai: The Path of Krsna 41
Notes To Tiruppavai 63
Nacciyar Tirumoli: The Anguish of Separation 73
1. Unite Me with My Lord, O Kamadeva 75
2. Do Not Break Our Sandcastles 79
3. Give Back Our Clothes 83
4. Join Up, O Kutal 87
5. Koelbird, Call Him to Me 91
6. I Dreamt This Dream, My Friend 95
7. White Conch from The Fathomless Sea 99
8. O Dark Rain Clouds 103
9. In the Grove of My Lord 107
10. Thirsting for the Lord 111
11. He Has Taken All 115
12. Take Me to the Land of My Lord 119
13. The Agony of Desire 123
14. We Saw Him There in Vrindavan 127
Notes On The Poems 131
Appendix One: Srivilliputtur Temple Inscription of 1454 A.D. 161
Appendix Two: Periyavaccan Pillai, Thirteenth Century Commentator on Antal 167
Glossary: Flora and Fauna 173
Select Bibliography 177
Index 181

 

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