A Collection of Contemporary Vaishnavi Poetry
edited by Krishna Kanta Dasi (Catherine L. Schweig)
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
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Inspirational & Religious Poetry | Love | Spiritual | Women Poetry | Devotional
Featuring the voices of 108 contemporary female practitioners of Bhakti from all over the world, this rare and beautiful anthology illuminates some of the endless treasures that stir in devotional hearts.
Whether playing a drum, walking through the woods, cooking or absorbed in mantra meditation, these modern Vaishnavi poets prayerfully reflect on the various aspects of their spiritual journeys toward divine love, echoing the spirit of their ancient lineage. Composed by new and experienced practitioners of Bhakti alike, their poems present a wide range sentiments and perspectives divided into eight themes including their individual relationships with themselves, their gurus, and the divine, as Krishna. Although we find the collective feminine voice—that of the divine cowherd maidens called Gopis—at the heart of ancient Bhakti texts, the voices of women on the Bhakti path have typically remained in the background. In solidarity with other efforts that are being made all over the world to restore honor to feminine divine and her servants, regardless of gender, this book unites women from various sangas, or spiritual communities, to spark a resurgence of the feminine voice in the modern Bhakti movement through poetry.
The publication of Bhakti Blossoms marks a watershed moment for contemporary Hindu literature generally, and this tradition’s devotional canon in particular. This anthology presents, perhaps for the first time, a collection of female practitioner-poets who draw from and honor centuries old tradition, but also articulate devotion in their own personal and refreshingly modern voices. The fact that these poets hail from a diversity of ethnicities and backgrounds speaks to a dynamic transnational and intergenerational approach that is quickly becoming a hallmark of 21st Century Hinduism. The result is a fine collection of poems that serve as thought-provoking spiritual reflections and heartfelt love songs to the Divine Beloved.
—Vineet Chander, Director of Hindu Life Program, Princeton University
This much anticipated volume of beautiful poetry was written by serious practitioners of Bhakti. Many of these incredible women entered the tradition through birth, while others began practicing Bhakti during late teens and early adulthood, embracing it at various degrees of depth as their path in life. The authors’ combined experiences have resulted in this extraordinary first-of-its-kind-masterpiece. I found myself surprised by my own eagerness to immerse myself in their Bhakti-filled experiences and adventures—devouring the poems. I am confident that others will also.
—Malati Devi Dasi/ Melanie L Nagel, Senior Initiated Disciple of A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami, First female member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission, the largest institutionalized Bhakti society in the world
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ABOUT THE EDITOR
Krishna Kanta Dasi (Catherine L. Schweig) has been practicing bhakti yoga since 1986, and was initiated into the Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition in 1990. Passionate about inspiring women to honor their voices, she founded the Vaishnavi Voices Poetry Project. In 2012 Krishna Kanta started the Journey of the Heart: Women’s Spiritual Poetry online community, for which she has edited and published four anthologies of women’s writings.
Other books by Catherine: