"FOUR, like its predecessor volumes one, two and three, encompasses selections from the lifework of ten mystic poet-saints of India.
The mystic poet-sages include'd in this r volume lived between the 8th and 20th C centuries and came from such diverse regions of India.Jike Kashmir, Kerala, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.
They are: Sundarar (also known as Sundara- murthy), one of the great Nayanmars, Nammalular, the Doyen of Alwars, Basavanna, the Founder of Veerasaivism-a movement pledged to an egalitarian society devoted to God, IJad Ded or IJalla Yogeswari, the Kashmiri Saivite Yogin, Bihva Mangal immortalised by his poem Krishnakarnamritam, Chandidas, the Vaishn""vite Rebel of Bengal who spear- headed the Sahaja movement ofBhakti, Guru Nanak, the Founder of Sikhism, A'knath, the Maharcishtra saint, Kshetrajna, the Telugu composer whose sensual images sought to seek spiriulal uplift and Suddhananda Bharati, th~ mystic Yogi, who poured out his heart- felt love for God in mellifluous poetry.
The sang in different languages: Kashmiri, Kannada, Sanskrit, Punja bi, Telugu, Marathi, Bmgali and TamiL But all of them sang of the glory of God, with whom each had an intimate, spiritual communion.
This precious spiritual legacy bequeathed by the mystics of India will be a perennial source of inspiration for all scholars of Indology and a limitless repertoire for all artistes in the fields of music, dance, drama and ballet. "