Akha
India (1600? - 1650?) Timeline
Yoga / Hindu : Advaita / Non-Dualist


Poems by Akha
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The non-dualist poet-saint Akha lived sometime in the early seventeenth century in the Gujarat region of India. In his youth, Akha worked as a goldsmith.

Tradition says two early events profoundly changed his life: The first occurred when he was falsely accused of stealing from the mint of a local ruler and was jailed for a time, before he was later shown to be innocent. The second incident occurred when a family friend accepted a gold necklace in return for some money she had placed with him for safekeeping. This woman later questioned the purity of the gold Akha had used and took it to another goldsmith for testing, only to find out that it was more pure than she had thought. Akha was shaken when he discovered how easily his integrity could be questiond and he began to turn inward.

Akha left his occupation and travelled throughout India in search of spiritual knowledge, finally attaining self-realization. He then began to recite poetry to express his realization in a non-doctrinaire way.

It is surprising that so few translations of his work currently exist in English, for his poetry has the power and sometimes irreverent wisdom of other well-loved poets like Kabir.

Poems by Akha


Recommended Books: Akha

Wings of the Soul: Poems of Akha: The Spiritual Poet of India





Akha