Love's Last Madness: Poems on a Spiritual Path

Love's Last Madness: Poems on a Spiritual Path

Love's Last Madness: Poems on a Spiritual Path

Love's Last Madness: Poems on a Spiritual Path


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Love’s Last Madness, a translation of selected poems from Darshan Singh’s magnum opus Matā‘-e Nūr, sings of the torments and ecstasies a lover of God experiences on the journey to divine realization. Remarkable for masterfully fulfilling his worldly responsibilities while immersing himself in his mystic quest, Darshan Singh (1921–1989) was a renowned spiritual teacher with tens of thousands of students around the globe. Four-time winner of a prestigious Urdu academy award for poetry in India, he has been acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest mystical poets in the Urdu language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948796385
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition xiii

Transliteration System for Urdu, Hindi, Persian, and Arabic xviii

Introduction 1

Sant Darshan Singh (1921–1989) 1

Sant Mat—The Theory of the Mystic Path 6

The Mystic Path through Darshan’s Poetry 8

The Roots of Urdu Poetry 19

The Ghazal—Form 22

The Ghazal—Themes 24

The Lyric Voice of Darshan’s Poetry 27

Gender in the Ghazal 29

Problems Encountered in Translating and Annotating 30

Mystical Symbols Frequently Employed in Darshan’s Poetry 31

Selected Poetry: Matā‘-e Nūr –Treasure House of Light 35

Translations of Urdu Ghazals 37

Translations of Persian Ghazals 123

Translations of Urdu Sonnets 129

A Bouquet from Darshan’s Garden 133

Commentary on the Poems 137

Table of Correspondence between Translated Poems and Urdu Originals 212

Notes 214

Bibliography 240

About the Translators 249

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