Songs of the Love between Radha and Krishna (Bangiya Padabali)

Vidyapati (c. 1352–1448)
translated by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

This is a classic of Hindu poetry, preceded by a masterful introduction where Coomaraswamy explains the relation between erotic and mystical love poetry. The translation is additionally supplemented by notes and interpretation.

It is just this consciousness of evanescence which gives to the voluptuous and passionate art of Ajanta the spiritual significance that is all the more impressive because of its sensuous setting… Where life is transparent, the enjoyment of life is never a spiritual bondage.

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