Speaking of Siva

Speaking of Siva To the utterly at one with Siva there s no dawn Meditative deeply personal poems to the god Siva from four major Hindu saints Introducing Little Black Classics books for Penguin s th birthday L

  • Title: Speaking of Siva
  • Author: A.K. Ramanujan Allama Prabhu Basavanna Devara Dasimayya Mahadeviyakka
  • ISBN: 9780141398792
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • To the utterly at one with Siva there s no dawn Meditative, deeply personal poems to the god Siva, from four major Hindu saints Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin s 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon To the utterly at one with Siva there s no dawn Meditative, deeply personal poems to the god Siva, from four major Hindu saints Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin s 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage poems epic and intimate essays satirical and inspirational and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Mahadeviyakka 10th century , Basavanna, Devara Dasimayya and Allama Prabhu 12th century.

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    1. I like some of the poems in here but after a while the edition grew very stale. It’s devotional to a fault. I don’t mind religious allegory in poems, far from it, but too much of it and even I grow bored. The first saint begins with lamenting the meaning of life. The speaker is completely lost; he has no meaning to consider or goal to achieve. He just floats through life with no real purpose. Is this a vision of all life? An endless quest for something more, something that never delivers. Th [...]

    2. A pilgrim who's not one with you,Ramanatha,roams the worldlike a circus man.(Devara Dasimayya)It is hard to make a judgement on poetry when language is very simple and the idiom highly symbolic, and when the past is unfamiliar to the modern reader like a foreign country. But we get into a foreign country, try to understand it, learn about it, and there comes a time when a lot of things that initially confused us start making sense. But enough of the abstruse. The problem is simple: four medieval [...]

    3. This was one of those Little Black Classics where at least the tiniest amount of background information would have been of immense help. Instead, you have to do the research on your own. Speaking of Śiva is a selection of vacanas (free-verse sayings) from the Veerashaiva movement, dedicated to Śiva, the supreme god. So this book features writing by four major saints who lived between the 10th and the 12th century. The poems are intense in their devotion and I found them very difficult to under [...]

    4. THE PENULTIMATE EDITION OF THE LITTLE BLACK CLASSICSOne more to go before the original 80 are done and dusted. Now this one is a bit of a stinkerI really wanted to like this, but it doesn't work, this is a translation that does not gell, it's stale.Re-write please.

    5. I'm sure the original language version is much better, but since I will never know, I'll have to go by this dross. People who write sentences and then break them up in to lines and call it poetry are killing the trade and that's what we have here. I don't hold with learning about the writers before, during or after you read their work to "understand" it. There are plenty out there who are understandable without such homework. Admittedly, I am perhaps not the intended audience, but that has never [...]

    6. Muy hermoso. Me vuela la cabeza pensar en estar leyendo cosas tan bellas hechas en el siglo X. Destaqué muchos poemas bonitos sobre mortalidad, riqueza, pobreza y sexualidad, entre mis favoritos está este del poemario Basavanna:The richwill make temples for Siva.What shall I,a poor man,do?My legs are pillars,the body the shrine, the head a cupolaof gold.Listen, O lord of the meeting rivers,things standing shall fall,but the morning ever shall stay.

    7. Speaking of Siva is a collection of poems by A.K.Ramanujan called Vacana. Vacana is an active approach, stands in opposition to both the Sruti (which is heard) and the Smrti (which is remembered). He mentions that heart of vacana is devotion to God (hear a particular form of God: Siva). Does it matter how longA rock soaks in the water;Will it ever grow soft?Does it matter how longI’ve spent in worship,When the heart is fickle?Futile as a ghostI stand guard over hidden gold,O lord of the meetin [...]

    8. A K Ramanujan is a world renowned scholar and a wonderful translator. This book is a translation of vachanas ( poetry ) by Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi, Allama Prabhu, etc.

    9. I've read Tale Danda by Girish Karnad and so am familiar with the Veershaiva movement and its ethos, and have read a few of AK Ramanujan's translation of Basavanna's vachanas. This small book brings together selected vachanas of Basavanna, Devara Dasiyamma, Mahadeviakka and Allama Prabhu. I liked Mahadeviakka's poems the best - she looks upon her "lord white as jasmine" as her lover. Basavanna sees his "lord of the meeting rivers" as a friend, Guru; and for Dasiyamma and Allama Prabhu, "Ramanath [...]

    10. I enjoyed this collection far more than I was expecting to, I found it to be a calming read. By doing some reading on the four poets - Basavanna, Dasimayya, Mahadeviyakka and Allamu - beforehand I think I was able to better understand their personal relationships with Siva which led to a greater understanding of the poetry itself, especially in the case of Mahadeviyakka. I will definitely try to read more about Hinduism in general.

    11. Well, translated by Ramanujan, and he is a very good translator, at least from the books by him I have read, and this one was one of those odd cases of well-translated fiction. The downgrade is because I honestly did not love the original work that much, this sort of poetry is, at odd-times, not my thing. This one would be a very good introduction for people that wish to know more about Siva. Also, for fans of riddles. 

    12. They say reading poetry well is part attitude and part technique. Have to admit, I might have the right attitude, but lack of experience. I always choose novel over poetry. "Speaking of Siva" is definitely not the easiest to start with, but I really enjoyed this mystical approach to sex and death.

    13. Really nice short book the poems are lovely but most of it was lost on me really need to work at poetry would recommend this

    14. I probably did not get this. Or it is perhaps not my style.Will likely give it another shot in the future.

    15. This is the first of the really old ones in this collection that I felt read as "old". The subject was of no interest to me and the attitudes were (typically religious) better left in the past.

    16. More poetic and less straightforward than The Dhammapada, but oddly more engaging and intriguing (…not to draw unfair comparisons) but that may be due in part to the subject matter: sex and death.

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