Never rush a book of poetry! I did rush this book admittedly and hence the lower rating as I didn’t allow myself to savour the poems and let their meanings sink in. The translations were a little hard to follow and I didn’t always understand much of the poems except for some, so I think this also detracted from my enjoyment Some of the poems were really lovely though and had Kabir’s mystic views beautifully portrayed.
Definitely made a newbie error with Kabir as I didn’t really research his ideas or have much background information to his work. If you are new to this style of poetry and his work, learn from my mistakes and have an overview of his ideas before you start as it will most likely help you appreciate it much more than I did. Kabir’s ideas are very interesting as he criticizes ideals from both the Vedas (Hinduism) and the Quran (Islam) and states that the True God is always with a person who is good and true to mankind and animals and keeps himself separate from worldly affairs. Very forward thinking isn’t it? Our crazy world could definitely use less religion induced problems these days!
I’m definitely going to have another go at reading Kabir in the near future, maybe even try a different translated version and next time a printed copy rather than an ebook version so that a few re-reads are possible!