By A. N. D. Haksar

This can be a finished anthology of Sanskrit poetry within the most sensible English translations to be had. the 1st ever of its type, it brings jointly excerpts from an entire variety of unique works, translated by means of over 40 extraordinary 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 contains a good selection of poetry in translation. It comprises nature hymns and mystic utterances; epic narratives and love lyrics; songs and reflections at the human ; verses devotional and philosophic, heroic and tragic, erotic and satiric; courtly epigrams and inscriptions, and straightforward poems shape the countryside.

English translations from Sanskrit have a heritage of over centuries. the best of those renderings were compiled during this quantity through a well known Sanskritist to provide the traditional language's poetic splendour, no longer via realized discourse, yet through letting the poetry communicate for itself.

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I ndra is king of al l that moves or rests, of tame and fierce, the wielder of the thunder. He is the king of mortals, whom he rules, encircling them as a wheel 's rim the spokes. 1 . 32 A . 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 .

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 .

Though men cry out in many strange tongues, and profess A tl urry of faiths, You take them al l to Y oursel f. G ive us a thousand streams of Your wealth, G i ve, l i ke a cow whose udder is fu l l . Make u s the masters o f crowded highways And of narrower paths, that few, in a hurry, take, The ways of goodness as wel l as the ways of evi l . May these b e cleared of those who would hurt u s o r rob us. And may we receive what is good to recei ve. B i rds must come swinging round You when they take fl ight: The hawk, the swan, and everything that fl ies, And the w ind that, circl ing the sky, goes pl unging ahead To drive down the rai n, rock the trees, and flare up the tire.

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