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MIRA BAI

Introduction

One of the greatest devotees of Lord Krishna. The daughter of a prince and the
daughter-in-law of a prince, she gave up every thing and faced persecution. Her
songs live on the lips of people to this day.
Mira Bai

Sree Giridhar aage nachungi


nach nach piva rasik rizhavu,
premi jan ko jachungi!
prem, preeti ke bandh ghungharu,
surath ki kachani kachungi II
Lok laj kul ki marjada,
ya me ek na rakhungi!
Piya ke palanga ja powdungi II
Mira Hari rang rachungi II
"I shall dance before Giridhar Gopal, I shall dance till he is supremely delighted. I
honor even those who love him. I shall tie round my ankles the tinkling bells of love
and compassion, and wear the dress of His remembrance, and dance. I do not care
for honor or the good name of the family which people consider important. I go and
lie in the bed of my lover, Hari, and enjoy the bliss of His love.
"Sri Krishna alone is my lover. I had gone mad with grief."
"I will have no peace of mind unless Sri Krishna comes to me."
"Mira is the bond slave and the L is He, Sri Krishna."
The woman who composed this song, who was thinking always of Sri Krishna and
desired only His love, was not a character in a story nor was she a Gopi from
Gokula, but a historical figure who lived about four hundred years ago. She was
Mira Bai, the daughter of a king and the daughter-in-law of a king.

She dedicated her entire life to God and endured all the difficulties of life. Awake or
asleep, all the time she thought only of Sri Krishna. Thus Mira lives in the hearts of
the
people of India as the very embodiment of Bhakti (or devotion to God).
Even today people sing the songs of Mira whom, forgetful of everything, was in love
with Giridhar Gopal and offered herself entirely to Him. 'Mira Bhajan' has developed
into a unique tradition in Indian Music.
She was a princess. She lost her mother in her childhood. She married a prince, but
she lost him also when she was young. Her husband's family objected to her
worshipping Krishna. Even the king was against it. They attempted to murder her.
But whatever happened, the same words lived in her heart and on her lips: 'Giridhar
is the Lord and Mira in His servant.'
This is all that we know for certain about her.
People narrate several stories about Mira Bai's life. It is difficult to distinguish facts
from fiction in such narration. Such stories get changed as they descend from
generation to generation. It is not fair to dismiss all the stories as mere legend.
Some details may be wrong but from these tales we can get at least a clear idea
about achievements.
Mira was a devotee of Sri Krishna. She is worthy of being ranked with the mystic;
poets. The mystics give no importance to their personal lives. They see only God in
everything and forget themselves. That is why not much is known about them. Mira
too has not said about her life. She has mentioned in some of her songs that she
was from Medatha and belonged to the family of Doodaji. She has also described in
her songs how she suffered at the hands of the Rana.
We wish we had more informants about this great devotee.
Sri Krishna's Idol in Child's Hands

There are no two opinions about the fact that Mira belonged
to Medatha in Rajasthan. She calls herself in one of her
songs a 'Medathani' (a woman who belongs to Medatha).
She has also stated that she is a Doodajini (one of Doodaji's
family) of the Rathod royal dynasty. There were several petty
feudal states in Rajasthan. Medatha was one of them. Rao
Doodaji was its Rana. Princes in Rajasthan were usually
called Ranas. Rana Rao Doodaji had four children. The eldest was Beerama Dev
and the youngest, Ratan Simha.

Ratan Simha was "a brave warrior. For a long time he did not have children. At last,
by the grace of God, a daughter was born to him. She was named Mira. She was
probably born in 1498. When she was only a child she lost her mother. At that time
there were several kingdoms in India, some large and some small. Besides, it was
the age of the Moghals. Wars were frequent. Since Ratan Simha, the father of Mira,
had to spend most of his time in wars,the child had to grow up in the palace of its
grandfather. Doodaji.One day a procession was passing in front of the palace. Mira
was yet a small girl. People in the procession bowed to the Rana and proceeded.
It was a wedding procession. The bride- groom was very attractively dressed.
Mira saw him. He might have looked like a big doll to those innocent eyes.
"What is that?" She asked her grand father.
"He is a bridegroom," replied he. But the little girl could not quite understand the
meaning of the word bridegroom.
"I too want one like that to play with. Please get me one" the girl said.
What could any one say to such a request of the child? It is but natural of children to
ask for every new thing they see. Without a second word the grandfather brought
out a lovely idol of Sri Krishna and placing it in her hands, said, "Look, my dear, here
is your bridegroom. Take good care of him."
Mira got what she had asked for; what else did she care for? She played with that
idol and behaved as if Krishna was her husband.
This is one story about Mira. There is nothing improbable in it. But it cannot be said
for certain that this is what really happened.
One more story about how Mira got the idol of Sri Krishna is worth considering.
Rao Doodaji had much respect for monks and saints. Almost every day some monk
or the other came to the palace as a guest of honor. Once a hermit called Raidas
came to the palace. He was prominent among the disciples of Saint Ramanand who
had spread the Vaishnava cult in North India. He had a beautiful idol of Sri Krishna.
He used to worship it as his personal deity. Mira saw it and wanted it. She asked for
it. She would listen to no
one. She was stubborn and insisted on having it. Who would be prepared to part
with his personal deity just to pacify a child? The hermit left the palace after enjoying
the king's hospitality.

Mira did not stop crying. She gave up food and drink and went on crying for the idol.
Next morning Raidas returned to the palace and placed the idol of Sri Krishna, so
dear to him, in Mira's hands. Her joy knew no bounds.
Greatly surprised, "What is this?" asked Doodaji. The hermit said, "Last night Sri
Krishna appeared in my dream and said: "My beloved devotee is crying for me. Go
and give the idol to her.' It is my duty to obey my Lord's command, that is why I
came back running. Mira is a great person." So saying the hermit blessed Mira and
went away.
This is another story. Some scholars say that this happened about the year 1501-2.
There are also people who say that the sanyasi was not Raidas but somebody else.
Mira herself has said in a song:
"My mind has become one with Hari. I can see my path clearly. My master Raidas
himself has given me the pill of wisdom. The name of Hari has been deeply
inscribed on my heart...
Thus Mira has clearly stated that Raidas was her spiritual master. So the story
narrated earlier may be believed. The problem lies not so much in the story as in the
name of Raidas mentioned in it.
Raidas, the disciple of Ramanand, was born in or about the year 1400. The story
can be true only if Raidas lived for more than a hundred years. One other important
point is that Raidas was a devotee of Rama. Therefore many persons do not believe
that he had an idol of Lord Krishna. But it cannot be said that he never wor- shipped
Krishna and that he did not have an idol of Krishna at all. Brindavana, Dwaraka, and
the banks of river Jamuna, which are associated with Krishna's life, are places in
North India. So naturally the people there were particularly devoted to Sri Krishna. In
such circums- tances, it would not have been unusual even if Raidas had an idol of
Sri Krishna.
Some scholars say that the hermit of this story was only a disciple of Raidas. It was
a tradition to give the same name of the Guru to the disciple succeeding to the
Guru's position. So this view may be correct.
Somehow or the other, the idol of Sri Krishna came to the great tiny hands of little
Mira, as a gift from some holy man.
Sri Krishna became her companion all through her life.
The King's Daughter-in-law

Mira was brought up in the palace of her grandfather. Along with her general
education she received lessons in music and dance too. She acquired a good
mastery over them. She must have been especially proficient in music. The sweet
musical quality of her songs is rarely found in the lyrics of other poets. This melody
is themain reason for the immense popularity of her songs.
Sri Krishna had already filled her heart.
After Doodaji's death, his first son, Beerama Dev, became the Rana. He thought of
celebrating Mira's marriage. It was decided that she was to marry Bhojaraja, the
crown prince of Chittore. He was the son of Rana Sanga. The marriage was
celebrated with great pomp and grandeur in1516.It seems Mira had placed the idol
of Sri Krishna by her side even on the bridal seat. The royal family, which had the
custom of placing asword representing the bridegroom,by the bride's side might well
have allowed this.
Mira had been worshipping Krishna right from her childhood. Nobody in her parent's
home had come in the way. On the other hand, they had encouraged it.
But as soon as she came to live with her husband, her devotion to Sri Krishna
began to cause displeasure among the members of her husband's family.
The family, which Mira entered, was renowned for bravery and heroism. Though the
Rana had to face all alone the adversities of life, he bore them with courage but
never accepted the Moghul rule in Rajasthan. Constantly fighting against the
Moghals, he had held high the banner of Rajasthan's tenacity,courage and
heroism. Such a man was her father- in-law. And his eldest son Bhojaraja was her
husband. This brave spirit of Rajasthan was the pride of India.Bhojaraja, too, was a
hero. His family had been from times immemorial followers of the Shakta cult; that
is, they worshipped the Goddess of Power in the forms of Durga, Kali, Chamundi
and Parvathi. They did not so much like the worship of Vishnu. Mira's mother-in-law,
in particular, did not like it at all.
It may seem strange that one should regard God as the husband and behave
accordingly. But it is not a new thing in the Bhakti cult. There are several types of
Bhakti (devotion). They are classified according to the relation that exists between
God and the devotee. If God is regarded with parental affection, it is called as one's
own dear child 'Vatsalya Bhava' (or the devotion of a parent to a child). The relation
between Yashoda and Krishna
is a good example of this type.
Instead of this, if a devotee considers God as his Master and firmly believes that he
lives only by that Master's Grace and owes everything in life to Him, the relation
would be that, which exists between Master and servant, It is called Dasya Bhava'

(devotion of a servant to the Master). The relation between Hanumantha and Sri
Rama is an example of this.
When God is taken for an intimate friend, it is called "Sakhya Bhava' - the devotion
of a friend to a friend. The friendship of Sri Krishna and Kuchela is of this type.
When the relation between God and the devotee is one of love and of the intimacy
that exists between husband and wife, it is called 'Madhurya Bhava'. This is
considered the highest form of devotion. The devotee is the wife and -God is the
husband. A wife serves her lord in several roles. She looks after him with
affectionate care like a mother;she stands inattendance with respect and obedience
like a servant; she treats him with sweet familiarity like a friend. In 'Madhura Bhava'
the devotee's relationship with God is exactly that of the wife with her husband.
Right from her childhood Mira had cultivated this kind of love for God. At the time of
her marriage, she showed, in the presence of all people, that Sri Krishna was her
husband. That became the conviction of her life. In her mother's home there was no
hindrance to her devotion to Krishna. In fact it was only there this faith struck deep
root in her heart.
Obstinate or Crazy?

Though Mira had firmly believed even from her young age that Sri Krishna was her
Lord, there is nothing to show in real life that she neglected her husband. As an
ideal wife she might have returned his love and affection. But
under no circumstances was she prepared to forget her
SriKrishna. In the entire world nothing was greater to her than
that love. She loved to sit before the sweet little image of Sri
Krishna, sing about Him in her sweet voice and dance. That
was her life. She was born for only that. How could she give it
up?
But to others in her husband's house this looked like
impertinence. It made them hate Mira. Everybody at home
advised the obstinate girl to mend herself.She listened to their
words. She would do whatever else she was asked to do; but, it
she was told to forget Krishna, she could not bear it.
In the view of others, her intense devotion was nothing but a craze. When they
made sure that she would not budge whatever they might say, they grew indifferent
towards her. Day by day she went on spending more and more time in the company
of monks and other holy people, meditating upon Sri Krishna. At last Bhojaraja got a
temple built exclusively for her near the palace. (Some say that this temple was
meant to divert the large number of Sadhus who came to the palace.) Anyway this

provided Mira with a place where she could worship Sri Krishna in freedom. She
used to spend the whole day in song and dance there.
"When the whole world is asleep 1, being away from my Lord, keep awake. Likewise
some one else separated from her lover sits in a luxurious mansion stringing pearls,
I know. Counting the stars I-spend the whole night. When will dawn the hour of
happiness for me? It is only after Giridhar, the Lord of Mira, comes that this suffering
will end," so she sang in great joy.
Her own people who had seen her sing, dance and go into ecstasy had concluded
that she had gone mad. But the monks respected her as a great saint.The number
of those who came to be blessed by her sight increased.
The prestige of the royal family of Chittore stood very high. How renowned and
noble was this family!
What a disgrace to such a family if the wife of the prince went on singing and
dancing with monks!
Besides, she had insulted her husband's family by not worshipping Mother Kali.
Such were the thoughts that crossed the minds of many in her husband's house.
They were angry and had nothing but contempt for her. But Bhojaraja had immense
love for her. Therefore no one had the courage to say anything against her.
But Bhojaraja passed away in 1521. He had been wounded in a battle in 1518, and
the wounds proved fatal. Within about five years after her marriage Mira became a
widow. She was only, twenty-three thins.
The only link Mira had with the world had snapped. There was no one to care for
her. Branded as mad, she had already suffered everybody's contempt. But this
apathy of her own people only strengthe- ned her devotion. More than ever she
clung firmly to her Lord Krishna.
The Diamond Necklace Brings Grief

At home those who were opposed to her secretly till then,


now began to talk about her openly. Fretting and fuming they
said that the honor of the family had fallen to the dust. But
she was known among the people as 'a great saint', and as
the 'Radha of Kaliyuga'. Many people deemed it a great
fortune to see her and came to touch her feet in reverence.
Here is a story which a illustrates wide spread fame.

Akbar was a great Moghal Emperor. Tansen was a celebrated musician at his court.
Tansen had seen Mira. Akbar came to know about Mira. He had heard that she had
won the Grace of Krishna and that Krishna appeared before her when she sang in
the ecstasy of devotion. So Akbar also wanted to see her. Both Tansen and Akbar
decided to go to the place where Mira was living.
But it was not so easy for a Mogul Emperor to go and see a Rajput lady in
Rajasthan. It was risky to go undisguised. Many of the Rajputs were hostile to
Muslims. Though Akbar was able to make friends with quite a few of them, he had
many enemies too. So according toTansen's plan both entered Chittore in the guise
of monks. Hindus do not harm monks. Moreover, the guise of ascetics made it
easier for them to see Mira.
So, both Tansen and Akbar came disguised as hermits to the temple where Mira
lived.
At that time Mira was singing and dancing before Krishna. Her face was glowing like
a lamp. Her voice was so sweet that the listeners stood amazed and thrilled.
Forgetful of the entire world she was singing of Lai Giridhar and was dancing.
Seeing Mira in that state, the Mogul Emperor was filled with wonder and devotion.
He felt ashamed that he stood before such a saint in the false guise of a monk. He
reproached himself in his mind.
"Tansen, come let us confess before this great saint who we really are and beg her
to forgive us," said Akbar. "My Lord, if these people come to know that we are not
really monks, just think of the consequence. If they find out that you, the Mogul
Emperor, have come to see a Rajput lady, they will never allow us to go alive,"
warned Tansen.
Akbar was overcome with devotion and forgot himself in the song and dance of
Mira.
The song and the dance ended, and Mira offered her salutation to Sri Krishna and
sat down.
Akbar went up to her and bowed in salutation touching her feet. Then he took out a
fine diamond necklace and was about to place it at her feet. Mira said, "Please don't
do it. I do not take gifts of this kind."
"Mother, this I have brought as an offering to Sri Krishna. Pray accept it for Giridhar.
I
cannot take back what I have brought for Sri Krishna. Please do not refuse,

"implored the Emperor.


"All right, it is Sri Krishna's," said Mira and put it round the neck of Sri Krishna's Idol.
The necklace was dazzling. It caught the eye of every visitor. All wondered who
could have given such a gift.
Some one identified it as belonging to Akbar.
Then how did it come there?
By and by the news spread: the great Mogul Emperor had come to the temple to
see Mira and he touched her feet in reverence and offered a precious diamond
necklace to Sri Krishna.
Rathan Simha the Second was then the Rana. This news reached him. He burned
with anger. To him it was a question of the honor of the family. "A Mogul has not only
stepped upon the sacred Rajput land but has gone back alive even after touching a
Rajput lady. What a disgrace to the family!"
He thought that Mira herself, by leading the life of an ascetic, was responsible for it.
So he began to harass her.
So goes the story. Historically viewed certain details are not correct. Tansen entered
Akbar's court in 1562, that is, 15 years after Mira's death. If this story is true, Akbar
could not have been on the throne at the time of the visit. Mira is said to have
breathed her last in Dwaraka in 1547, when Akbar was only a five year-old child. But
it is not certain that Mira died in 1547. There is also a version that Akbar was a
crown prince when he met Mira Bai. Anyway, this is a very popular story about Mira
Bai. Whatever the truth of the details, it must be true that later Mira was subjected to
terrible tortures.
The indignant Rana and his men ma several attempts to kill her.
Mira accepted everything without protest. She came out of every danger safely. Her
own song testifies to this:
Samp pitaro, Rana bhejo
Mira hath diyo joy I
Nai dhby jab dekhan lagi
Saligram gayi poy I

Jahar ka pyala Rana bhejyo


Amarit diyo vanoy
Nai doy jaI pevan lagi
amar hogayi joy II
Sul sej Ranane bheji
dijo Mira suvoy I
Sanjh bhayi Mira sovan lagi
mano phul bichoy II
Mira ke prabhu sada sahayi
rakho vidhan hatoy I
Bhakti bhav me mast dolti
Giridhar pai bali joy II
"The Rana sent to Mira a basket full of flowers with a snake concealed in it. Mira,
engaged in worship, put her hand into the basket to take some flowers. What a
wonder! The snake had changed into a saligrama." (A saligrama is a small round shaped stone picked from the banks of the river Gandaki; it is worshipped as a
symbol of Lord Vishnu by the Vaishnavites.)
"Determined to kill Mira somehow the Rana sent a cup of poison. She prayed to
Lord Krishna and drank the poison. The poison turned into nectar.
"The Rana got a bed of sharp nails made. Mira lay down on it as soon as it grew
dark. The nails instead of piercing her body became flowers. Mira was saved from
all these dangers by none other than her Lord. Intoxicated with immense love, she
wanders all over in search of her Lord, dedicating herself to him entirely."
Since several of her songs mention a number of tortures inflicted on her by the
Rana, the account must be true. How was Mira able to escape from so many
dangers? Mira believed it to be only the grace of her Lord. Her devotees also have
the same belief.

The Rana never tried to kill her openly. May be he thought it was a sin to kill a
woman and feared it, or he thought that such an act would enrage the people who
loved her very much. When all his secret plots failed and Mira stood unscathed
through all acts of violence, he cursed her, "Why shouldn't this ignoble woman
drown herself and die?"
'I Have None but Giridhar Gopal'
Mira came to know about this wish of Rana. She too thought that it was right. If she
were drowned it would be a great relief toher mother-in-law and her relations. And
she too could join her Lord, Sri Krishna. It was the simplest solution. With these
thoughts Mira went to the river.
Standing on the edge of the water she prayed in her mind to Lal Giridhar, Sri
Krishna: "0, my Lord! Take me unto thy self."
She was about to jump into the river. But a voice seemed to address her: "it is a
great sin to kill oneself. Don't do it, don't jump into the water. Go to Brindavan."
Brindavan was the place where Krishna spent his childhood. Mira set out for
Brindavan. None troubled her there about family prestige. No codes of courtly
conduct curbed her freedom. She was free from the constant fear of the Rana.
In happy abandonment Mira sang and danced before Sri Krishna: 'Mere tho
Giridhar,Gopal, Dusaro na koyi' (Except Giridhar Gopal I have no one).
The Only Man In Brindavan

There is a fascinating story connected with Mira's life in Brindavan. There were
many
saints in Brindavan. Jeeva Goswami was prominent among them.He followed a very
strict vow. He would not allow even the shadow of a woman to touch him. So
women could never go and see him. Having joined Chaitanya Dev's Bhakti
Movement he was spreading the cult of Bhakti.
Having a high regard for saints and sages Mira went to see this great man. At the
very entrance of the hermitage she was stopped by a disciple of Goswami. He said,
"The Swamiji will not see anywoman."
Mira only laughed at this and said,"Ithought the only man in Brindavan is Sri
Krishna.
Now, I see there is a rival to Him." These words pierced the heart of Goswami like a
sharp pointed lance. He came out of his
cottage and walked up barefooted and conducted Mira into the hermitage with all

honor.
This is the story.
In the Bhakti cult the love of the wife for her husband is said to be the best form of
devotion. According to this all are women in this world. God is the only Man. In
Brindavan the only man is Sri Krishna. All the rest, the devotees, are Gopis. There is
no distinction of sex among devotees. They should imbibe the feeling that God is
their husband. If a devotee has this feeling he cannot obstinately refuse to see
women. Knowing this, if he behaves with the presumption of being a man,it amounts
to being a rival to God.
After leaving the palace Mira came in contact with many great men and famous
poets. This strengthened her devotion and poetic talent.
In Dwaraka

The political condition in Medatha and in Chittore had changed very much. Nobody
cared for Mira. Every one had branded her as a disgrace to the community. Her
uncle, Beerama Dev, had to fight hard to retain his kingdom. He had no time to think
of Mira. She, too, did not bother herself about these things. In a state of utter
detachment she went on pilgrimage with saints. Finally she halted at Dwaraka. The
temple of Ranchodji (another name for Sri Krishna) in Dwaraka became her shrine.
Though Mira was extremely popular, the royal families of Rajasthan hesitated to
own her. The news that the Rana had been very unfair to Mira had spread. After
Ratan Simha the Second was murdered, Udaya Simha was crowned. He thought
that if Mira lived alone in the company of monks, it would bring a bad name to the
royal family. So he requested her to return to Chittore.Having once suffered many
tortures there, the pious Mira did not wish to return to that cage. There is an
interesting tale about this.
Udaya Simha soon realized that Mira would not come back in deference to his
words. He sent five Brahmins of Chittore to meet her.They requested herto return
toChittore. Mira felt that if she went back to thepalace, the same old tale would be
repeated. She was probably about forty-eight at that time. Even while her husband,
Bhojaraja, was living it had been difficult for her to worship Sri Krishna in the palace.
Mira had to shift to a temple. Now twenty-five years had passed since her husband's
death. The royal family had even tried to murder her. So she had come to live in
Dwaraka, far away from them all. She had resolved that she was related to nobody
except Giridhar Gopal.
Was she to go back to that palace, to that prison? "I shall not come," she said.

It was the Rana who had sent the Brahmins. They dared not stand before him with
dull face, without Mira. They implored, they entreated and they tried more than one
way to persuade her.
"No," said Mira, "I shall not come." Then the Brahmins used their last weapon. "We
shall not return without you," they said, "If you do not come with us,we shall fast
here unto death."
Mira was in difficult situation. She did not like to go to Chittore. But she could not be
responsible for the death of these Brahmins. So she requested them to wait that
night in the temple itself. She agreed to go to Chittore with them the next morning.
The Brahmins felt very happy and stayed in the temple.
Where Is Saint Mira'

The day dawned.


Mira was not to be found anywhere.
The Brahmins got scared. They searched for her. Other devotees and sanyasis also
searched for her. But she was nowhere to be seen.
Only her dress was found lying in front of Ranchodji's shrine.
The devotees concluded that she might have got merged in her dear Lord, Lal
Giridhar.
Even now devotees have the same belief.
There are people who do not believe this story. But there cannot be a more beautiful
conclusion to the story of Mira's life. People who believe this to be true think it must
have happened in 1547. Another Ponclusion is, that Mira did not die but escaped in
disguise. But they cannot say anything about her life after this time. Nothing was
heard of her anywhere. Among the stories people narrate about her this is none
after this date. Therefore it is only appropriate to believe that Mira who had
remained firm in the midst of all troubles realized at last the union with her dearest
Lord.
The Drop of Nectar in the Poison

Mira's achievement in music is remarkable. She herself has set tunes to her songs
and has mentioned the ragas. 'Rag Govinda' and 'Rag Mira Malhar' are her own
creations. Mira's songs can easily be set to music. And this is why those songs have

been on the lips of people for over four hundred years.


There are several compositions on record said to have been her work. But only the
lyrics known, as Padas (songs of folk style) are important. So far more than four
hundred such songs have been collected.
Mira's name is not mentioned in any of the royal chronicles of Rajasthan. No details
of any kind can be found in the writings of contemporary historians. From all this, it
is obvious that there was a deliberateattempt to wipe out her name from history.
Some people had tried to kill her when she was alive. Probably they tried to prevent
all mention of her in history. This would not be surprising. Jealousy and hatred make
a man stoop to any mean act. The moving songs of Mira who had won the hearts of
the people are still on their lips and so she lives still.
Those kings in power in those days not only hated her and treated her with
contempt but also tried to expel her from the pages of history. Today while we look
for material in books of history for Mira's biography, we have to ignore them. But
Mira who had suffered their cruelty neither did not hate them in return nor showed
any anger. Like a drop of sweet nectar preserved unspoiled even in the midst of
poison, in the midst of hatred, violence and scandals, Mira fixed her mind on Lal
Giridhar and sang in praise of him. We feel as if we hear Mira say with a smile, 'A
devotee suffers any kind of hardship for the sake of his God, He never gives up his
God. By minding his own business, he reaches his goal.'
The song comes floating across f hundred years:
"Mere tho Giridhar Gopal
doosaro na koyi II
Mata chodi, pita chode,
Chode saga soyi I
Sadha sang baith baith
Lok laj khoyi II
Santh dekh dowdi aayi,'
Jagat dekh royi I
Prem aasu dar dar

Amar bel boyi I


Marag me taran mile
santh nam doyi I
Santh sada sees par
Nam hridou hoyi II
Ab tho bath phail gayi,
Janou sab koyi I
Dasi Mira Lal Giridhar
Honi so hoyi II
"I have no one but Giridhar Gopal. I gave up my mother. I gave up my father, and
gave up all my kith and kin. I gave up my shyness in the company of sages. I ran
eagerly seeking the saints but the ways and manners of the world came in the way.
Then I shed tears. Those tears have kept the creeper of love alive. Saints and the
holy name of Sri Krishna were the guiding lights I found along my path. Sri Krishna
from within and the saints from without have illumined my path. My Lord, this slave
Mira is yours. And you are the goal she wishes to reach. Let people gossip as they
please. What does it matter?"