Songs of Kabir from the Adi Granth

Translated by Nirmal Dass
Introduction by Nirmal Dass

Paperback : 9780791405611, 359 pages, August 1991
Hardcover : 9780791405604, 359 pages, August 1991

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Table of contents



Notes to Introduction


The Songs of Kabir from the Adi Granth


From Shri Raga

From Raga Gauri


The Acrostic of Kabir

Kabir's Lunar Days

Kabir's Days of the Week


From Raga Asa

From Raga Gujari

From Raga Sorath

From Raga Dhanashri

From Raga Tilang

From Raga Suhi

From Raga Bilawal

From Raga Gaund

From Raga Ramkali

From Raga Maru


Slokas from Raga Maru


From Raga Kedara

From Raga Bhairo

From Raga Basant

From Raga Sarang

From Raga Parbhati


The Slokas of Kabir





This translation presents the hymns of Kabir from the Adi Granth (the holy book of the Sikhs), which has been neglected because it is written in Gurmukhi script rather than Devanagari. The Introduction contextualizes these songs and proceeds to examine their construction of meaning. Most songs have explanatory notes, and there is a Glossary of names and terms that appear in Kabir's work.


"This book makes available for the first time a complete English translation of the entire corpus of the great poet-saint Kabir as contained in the Adi Granth of the Sikhs. For students of Indian religion, especially of the devotional bhakti movement, the Medieval Sants, and the roots of Sikh religion, the absence of such a work has been keenly felt. For those interested in kabir, it provides for the as yet little studied third recension of the poet's work the kind of basic text in translation available for the first, the Bijak, and the second, the Granthavali.

"This is an extremely important topic in the field of Indian religions. The role of the medieval Sants in the devotional reformation of Hinduism, the influence of Kabir as the greatest Sant figure, and the emergence of Sikhism out of the matrix of Sant devotionalism are all important questions which this work of translation will aid in examining. " -- Dr. Karine Schomer, Research Associate, University of California, Berkeley/Center for South Asia Studies; Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Golden Gate University