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By Ruchir Gupta

So far this is often the one English translation of the Ramayan written within the similar poetic shape because the unique tale, composed a number of millions of years in the past. it really is an exceptional place to begin for a person drawn to Hinduism, because the tale is gifted in a concise, easy-to-follow demeanour, by means of an easy research of the details on the finish.

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Furthermore the reunion conforms to the ideal of poetic justice. At the spiritual level, the lovers’ reunion is consistent with Islamic metaphysical concepts of salvation, deliverance, reward in the hereafter, and so on. On the basis of all the above considerations, the text may speak for itself as a work of deliberate Sufi expression. In this context it describes the story of the love between the Divine, symbolically represented as Layla, and the spiritual aspirant, symbolically represented as Majnun.

This constitutes a fitting closure to their story both at the literary and at the spiritual levels. At the literary level, the recognizable “happy ending” preempts the possibility of the love story ending as a tragedy of Aristotelian proportions. Furthermore the reunion conforms to the ideal of poetic justice. At the spiritual level, the lovers’ reunion is consistent with Islamic metaphysical concepts of salvation, deliverance, reward in the hereafter, and so on. On the basis of all the above considerations, the text may speak for itself as a work of deliberate Sufi expression.

Turning to Jayadeva’s work, again the milieu of both author and text are considered in tandem. It appears that the poet Jayadeva 3 The episode in the final chapter also exists in other versions of Layla. 29 Unveiling The Garden of Love flourished in the same time frame as Nizami, namely, the second half of the twelfth century. Jayadeva’s origins are in the ancient village of Kendubilva, the modern-day Kenduli in West Bengal. Like Nizami, Jayadeva too enjoyed royal patronage, specifically at the court of Lakshmana-Sena, the last Hindu king of Bengal, who bestowed upon him the title of Kaviraj, King of Poets (Chatterji 1981, 3).

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