A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry by A. N. D. Haksar

By A. N. D. Haksar

It is a entire anthology of Sanskrit poetry within the most sensible English translations to be had. the 1st ever of its sort, it brings jointly excerpts from an entire variety of unique works, translated by means of over 40 exotic 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 incorporates a wide array of poetry in translation. It comprises 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 give the traditional language's poetic splendour, now not via discovered discourse, yet by way of letting the poetry converse for itself.

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That b e i n g i s the seed; a l l e l se but H is expression. He i s truth. He i s Sel f. S vetaketu! You are that . ' ' , V I . I 2 . 1 -3 Silrce 1'1Irohil S1l"(Jnl i and IV B rea/s * * * * * Taittir�va Upanishad 21 Learn and Teach Do your duty; learn and teach. Speak truth; learn and teach. M editate; learn and teach. Control sense; learn and teach. Control m i nd; l earn and teach. K i ndle fire: learn and teach. Feed fi re; learn and teach . ChhiindoK)'a Upanishad . 2 1 Be hospitable; learn and teach.

I l . 2 . 1 O- 1 S / ', N, Misra, L. Nalhan and S. Valsyavan * * * * * Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 18 Tree and Man As a tree of the forest, J ust so, surely, is m an. H i s hair are leaves, H i s skin the outer bark. From his skin blood, Sap from the bark flows forth . From him when pierced there comes forth A stream, as from the tree when struck. H i s pieces of flesh are under-layers of wood. The fi bre is muscle-l i ke, strong. The bones are the wood within. The ma rrow i s made resemb l i ng pith.

H i s hair are leaves, H i s skin the outer bark. From his skin blood, Sap from the bark flows forth . From him when pierced there comes forth A stream, as from the tree when struck. H i s pieces of flesh are under-layers of wood. The fi bre is muscle-l i ke, strong. The bones are the wood within. The ma rrow i s made resemb l i ng pith. Brihadiiranyalw Upanishad . 19 tree, when it is fel led, grows up From the root, more new agai n; A mortal, when cut down by death­ From what root does he grow up?

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