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Shri Jnandev or Janeshwar was born in 1275 A.D. and ended his worldly life by enteiring into a terminal samadhi in an underground vault at Alandi near Pune in 1296 A.D.
In his brief life this prodigy who was an initiate Nath siddha produced The Bhavarthadipika popularly known as The Jnaneshvari which is his magnum opus, The Anubhavamrut, Changdev Pasashti, Haripath and several lyrics of devotion and reflection as well as of celebration of mystical self-realization. Along with his brothers Nivruttinath and Sopandev, his sister Muktabai, and their companion Namdev, Jnandev founded the Varkari bhakti cult which is living movement in Maharashtra for the last seven centuries.
The Anubhavamrut, a unique poetic work of 3210 lines is a meditation on 'Being' or 'the Self' in the Kashmir Shaivagama tradition. It is a blend of the poetry of ideas (logopoeia), the poetry of resonant sound (melopoeia), and the poetry of visual images (phanopoeia) to paraphrase an observation of Ezra Pound. It may not have a parallel in world literature and is indeed a distinctive property of the Marathi poetic heritage.
About the Author:
Dilip Chitre who has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his Marathi poetry Ekoon Kavita-I (1994) and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize (1994) for Says Tuka, writes poetry in Marathi and English and translates either way. He has also published works in other literary genres, written and directed an award-winning film and exhibited paintings. He is engaged in his own project to translate Varkari bhakti poetry from Marathi into English which he has undertaken since 1956.
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