These poems by the medieval Indian saint poet Kabir (1440-1518), one of the distinguished makes of Indian religions poetry, attracted Tagore for their mystical depth, inner devotion, love for all and unity of religions in their essence. Translated by Tagore and first published in London (1914), these poems convey the catholic spirit of universal brotherhood and the nirguna concept of godhead. For a long time this was the only book on Kabir available in the West. It was widely read and retranslated into French.
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One of India's most cherished renaissance figures, Rabindranath Tagore (18861-1941) put us on the literary map of the world when his Gitanjali was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1913. A poet's poet, he is a maker of not only modern Indian literature but also the modern Indian mind and civilization. Myriad minded, he was a poet, short story writer, novelist, dramatist, essayist, painter and composer of songs. Gandhi called him the 'Great Sentinel'. His worldwide acclaim as a social, political religious and aesthetic thinker, innovator in education and a champion of the 'One World' Idea makes him a living presence.
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