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Garland of Divine Flowers: Selected Devotional Lyrics of Saint Jnanesvara

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Garland of Divine Flowers: Selected Devotional Lyrics of Saint Jnanesvara
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Item Code: IDE425
Author: Trans. By. P.V. Bobde
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1999
ISBN: 9788120804005
Pages: 83
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5" X 5.5"
136 gms

 

From the Jacket:

 

Saint Jnanesvara, the celebrated poet-saint of Maharashtra who lived in the thirteenth century A. D., besides being the author of Jnanesvari and Amrtanubhava, the great literary-cum-philosophical works in Marathi, has also written a number of devotional lyrics (abhangas).These stray abhangas numbering over a thousand are the spontaneous outpourings of his heart and deal with a variety of spiritual matters such as, the relation of soul to God, description of the enchanting Saguna form of God - Vitthala, the glory of His name, greatness of spiritual preceptors, advice to seekers of self-knowledge, criticism of religious superstitions and hypocrisy. Jnanesvara was the first saint to have taught the supremacy of the path of devotion to the people for their salvation, eschewing other means, and is, therefor, regarded as the founder of 'Bhakti-Marga' or 'Bhagavata Dharma' in Maharashtra.

Out of the numerous abhangas of Sri Jnanadeva, one hundred and ten have been selected for inclusion in this book which are representative of his entire abhangas and contains the essence of 'Bhagavata Dharma' of which he was a pioneer. 

 

About The Author:

 

P. V. Borde (b. 1916) is a veritable scholar steeped in literature and philosophy. His first book At Thy Feet was published in 1965 which received high approbation from scholars. Its second edition was published in 1990. His latest book is the English translation of the immortal classical poem Kekavali - of the renowned Marathi poet, Moropant of the Eighteenth Century.

 

CONTENTS

 

Foreword ix
Preface xv
A Short Life-Sketch of Sri Jnanesvara xxi
ABHANGAS (DEVOTIONAL LYRIC OF SRI JNANESVARA  
ABHANGA 1
Introduction Prayer
 
1
ABHNAGAS 2-15
Eulogizing Spiritual Preceptor, Glory of God's Name and the Greatness of Saints
 
1-7
ABHANGAS 16-18
God Sri Vitthala of Pandharpura and Lord Sri Krsna
 
8
ABHANGAS 19-23
Woes of Separation from God
 
9-11
ABHANGAS 24-26
State Attained by God Vitthala's Grace
 
11-12
ABHANGAS 27-40
Entreaties to the Lord for Compassion
 
12-20
ABHANGAS 41-44
Blessing of Sri Nivrttinatha and Dialogue between  Nivrtti and Jnanadeva
 
20-22
ABHANGAS 45-79
About the Knowledge of Brahman, Self-realisation and Yoga
 
23-35
ABHANGAS 80-108
Advice to Seekers of Spiritual Knowledge
 
35-50
ABHANGAS 109-110
Prayer of God
 
50-51
Epilogue 53
Glossary 55
Index 59

 

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