Burn Down Your House

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Kabir is believed to have been a weaver who lived in Varanasi sometime during the fifteenth century. Beyond these facts, very little is known about him. Yet, irrespective of his true historical identity, Kabir is first and foremost a Bhakti poet, whose dohas and poems questioned social paradigms and created a multiplicity of radical thoughts that have resonated through the ages, challenging and empowering millions.

Burn Down Your House is a compilation of Kabir’s timeless mystical poetry drawn from various sources—both oral and textual—interspersed with legends and anecdotes from the poet’s life, and an analysis of his beliefs. Each chapter is a journey into a Kabirian thought or ‘provocation’—the impermanence of life, the spiritual power of surrender, the liberation one feels from shedding the ego, the transformative ability of love and compassion, the shackles of custom and dogma—that urges readers to challenge societal divides and social norms and inspires them to look within.

An endeavour that has taken over two decades and spanned multiple states in India, Shabnam Virmani’s book is a testament to Kabir’s enduring influence, offering a unique perspective into acting in the present, finding the meaning of life, and breaking down mind-forged barriers. It’s an essential read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human spirit and the shifting world we live in.

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ISBN9789354479243
FormatHardback PLC
ImprintSpeaking Tiger
Pages232
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