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The Bijak of Kabir

Linda Hess and Shukdeo Singh


Kabir, the fifteenth‐century weaver‐poet of Varanasi, is still one of the most revered and popular saint‐singers of North India. He belonged to a family of Muslim julahas (weavers of low‐caste status), is believed to have been a disciple of the Hindu guru Ramanand, and often sang of inner experience using language of the subtle yogic body. Yet he cannot be classified as Hindu, Muslim, or yogi. Fiercely independent, he has become an icon of speaking truth to power. In a blunt and uncompromising style, he exhorted his listeners to shed their delusions, pretensions, and orthodoxies in favor of a ... More

Keywords: Bījak, India, Kabir, oral poetry, poetry, translations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195148763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195148762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Hess, author
Stanford University
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Shukdeo Singh, author
Banaras Hindu University