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Sahaja: in quest of the innate, an esoteric fusion in Bengali poetry through the Charya and the Baul songs

Author : Mukherjee, Prithwindra
Pages : vi+184p., (5)illus., bib., ind., 22cm.
Year : 2018
ISBN : 9788193462126, 8193462122
Publisher : Aditya Prakashan
Place : New Delhi
Binding : Hardcover
Price (Airmail) : US $32.00
About the book:

Sahaja (sahajata) has been the contribution of Bengal on the heroic path of Buddhist Tantra. Behind an apparently primitive poetry, enigmatic words belonging to a twilight gamut of codes reveal a forest of symbols. Mostly composed earlier than the 9th century, the Charyapadas bear the signature of eminent Buddhist teachers like Saraha, Kanha, Luypada. There has been a possible interaction between the Sufi (Al-Halaj, for instance) and these early Masters. Almost a thousand years later, the tradition of Baul songs reveal, too, the sahaj which seems to be closer to the synthesis brought about by Shri Chaitanya and enriched by the fervent message of the Sufi, thanks to Kabir. Instead of shunning this world, the Bauls claim that even godheads wait for their turn to be born on this earth for the perfection of their quest.
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