ISBN 9780670087594,Eating God : A Book of Bhakti Poetry

Eating God : A Book of Bhakti Poetry



Penguin India Publication

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780670087594

ISBN-10 0670087599


Number of Pages 328 Pages
Language (English)


The seekers impassioned yearning for the Divine, unmediated-here and now-is the essence of bhakti. As old as time, its spirit suffused the outpourings of mystic poets across India from the eighth century onward. Their compositions-passionate, sensuous, intimate, often articulated in regional languages and dialects-spoke to cobbler and priest alike and have embedded themselves in our collective unconscious.
The two-hundred-odd poems in this volume remind us of this rich palette of human longing-from the trenchant irony of Kabir and audacious sensuality of Annamayya and Chandidas to the earthy mysticism of Tukaram and fierce lyricism of Mira and Akka Mahadevi. We travel the emotional arc of bhakti, from wild longing to liberation, through these utterances and many more. 
Featuring classic translations by A. K. Ramanujan and Dilip Chitre, among others, as well as new and unpublished ones by acclaimed poets, Eating God is a fabulous treat for seekers and poetry lovers alike.
About the Author
Arundhathi Subramaniam is a poet and seeker-though not always in that order. She has worked over the years as critic, poetry editor and curator. She is the author of four books of poetry, most recently when God is a traveler. Her prose works include the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic and yogi, Sadhguru - More than a life and The book of Buddha. As editor, her books include Pilgrims India, a book on sacred journeys, Another country, an anthology of contemporary Indian poetry in English and Confronting Love, a co-edited volume of Indian love poems.