Overview for Jnaneshvar: The Life and Works of the Celebrated Thirteenth Century Indian Mystic-Poet
Jnaneshvar: The Life And Works tells the story of the life and career of Jnaneshvar, who emerges as one of the most brilliant poets, sublime mystics, and fascinating figures in all of Medieval Indian history. At an age when most men have scarcely begun their life's work, Jnaneshvar, who lived from 127 to 1296, a mere span of twenty-five years, had ended his; but not before having built an everlasting monument to his memory in the written masterpieces he left behind. In so few years, he had established a legacy that was to revitalize his culture, his language, his religious tradition, and make a place for himself as an enduring presence in the hearts of his countrymen for all time.
The reason for his enduring popularity in his own homeland becomes evident when one discovers his written works. Even in English translation, the profundity of his thought, the rich profusity of his imagery, and the unmistakeable style of his homespun wisdom at so tender an age, distinguish his work as those of a unique genius. The complete works included here in translation are Amritanubhav, "The Nectar of Mystical Experience", Haripatha. "Sing The Name of Hari"; and Changadev Pasashti, "Letter To Changadev".