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By A. N. D. Haksar
This can be a accomplished anthology of Sanskrit poetry within the most sensible English translations to be had. the 1st ever of its type, it brings jointly excerpts from a whole variety of unique works, translated by way of over 40 unusual writers together with poets and students, savants and seers, and winners of the Nobel prize for literature.
Drawing from sacred in addition to vintage and people literature, this assortment encompasses a big variety of poetry in translation. It contains nature hymns and mystic utterances; epic narratives and love lyrics; songs and reflections at the human situation; verses devotional and philosophic, heroic and tragic, erotic and satiric; courtly epigrams and inscriptions, and easy poems shape the countryside.
English translations from Sanskrit have a background of over centuries. the best of those renderings were compiled during this quantity by way of a widely known Sanskritist to offer the traditional language's poetic splendour, no longer via discovered discourse, yet through letting the poetry converse for itself.
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3 ( S . ) Swami Vivekananda Yajur Veda . 17 THE UP ANISHADS Kena Upanishad 16 By Whom? By whom impe l l ed soars forth the m i nd proj ected? By whom enjoi ned goes forth the earl iest breath i ng? By whom i m pe l l ed this speech do peopl e utter? The eye, the ear-what god, pray, them enjoi neth? That which is the hearing of the ear, The thought of the m i nd, The voice of speech, as also the breathi ng of the breath, And the sight of the eye ! Past these escapi ng, the wise, On departing from this world, become immortal .
His voi ce i s heard, h i s shape is ever viewl ess. Let us adore th i s Wi nd with our oblati on. 168 R. T H Ciriffith ***** 4 Night The goddess Night has l ooked abroad with her eyes, everywhere d rawi ng near. She has put al l her gl ories on. The i m mortal goddess now has fil led w i de space, i ts depths and heights. Her radiance drives out the dark. A pproachi ng, the goddess has expelled her sister Dawn. Now darkness a l so d i sappears. Rig Veda. 3 And so you have drawn near to us, who at your comi ng have come home, as birds to their nest upon the tree.
L. Basham ***** 8 • A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry 8 A rany ani : Forest Spirit Lad y o f the Forest ! Lady of the Forest! who see m to vanish from sight i n the distance, why do you never come to the v i l l age? s u r ely you are not afrai d of men ! When the grasshopper repl i es to the d istant lowi ng of catt le, as t h o ug h to the sound of t i n k l i n g bells the Lady of the Forest m akes m erry . Somet i m es y o u c atc h a gl i m p s e of h e r and think i t i s catt l e g raz i n g or a hOLJse, far away , a n d at e ve n i n g you hear the L ad y of the Forest l i ke the d i stant sound of m o v i n g w a gon s .
A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry by A. N. D. Haksar