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Poems by Tukaram
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Tukaram was born in Maharashtra, in the western region of India, to a lower caste Shudra family. Despite being of a lower caste, the family was wealthy by rural standards.

When Tukaram was thirteen, his father fell ill and the boy had to take on the responsibility of supporting his family. Soon after, both parents died.

Hardships continued to follow Tukaram. His first wife died during a famine, and his second wife had no respect for his devotion to God.

Contrary to the traditional Hindu model of receiving spiritual initiation from a guru, Tukaram was initiated in a dream by Lord Hari (Krishna/Vishnu) Himself.

When Tukaram sensed his end was approaching, he stepped into a river, as many other saints have done. It is said that his rug and instruments returned to shore, but his body was never found. Devotees believe he was taken bodily to heaven.

During Tukaram's relatively short life, he was constantly singing devotional hymns called abhangs. He composed over 5,000 of these hymns. Many of his songs are autobiographical.

Poems by Tukaram

Recommended Books: Tukaram

Poetry for the Spirit: Poems of Universal Wisdom and Beauty Real Thirst: Poetry of the Spiritual Journey Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West Says Tuka: Selected Poetry of Tukaram Wild Poets of Ecstasy: An Anthology of Ecstatic Verse
The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice The Mystic in Love: A Treasury of Mystical Poetry Tukaram Life of Tukaram Village Songs of Western India: Translations from Tukaram

Related Links

Saint Poet of India Tukaram.com

Several poems by Tukaram translated into English. Many very good articles, as well, on Tukaram's life, the influence of his work, even movies made about him. Worth a visit.

Poetry Enlightened - Saint Tukaram

A brief biography and several of Tukaram's songs and poems on-line.

Write Spirit: Tukaram

A couple poems by Tukaram.

Tukaram 17th century Marathi poet

An extensive site lovingly dedicated to Tukaram. Translations, an art gallery. Make sure to check out the section of translations by Mahatma Gandhi.