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My love for Krishna is deep
it can never cease to be;

like a withered leaf
grief has made me yellow
but my people feel
jaundice makes me so!

They called a physician
who felt my pulse
and to relieve me
he gave me drugs;
but what can drugs do
when the sickness is love?

Friend, parting's fire makes
my heart burn,
it seems it will break
if Krishna does not come.

Hasten, O Lover,
for I know no peace,
only your coming
can end my grief.

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Only he who has loved
can know love's distress;
in palmy days men flock
in grief he's by himself.

Love's agony is like
a wound that looks all right
but pains through every limb
for the pain is deep inside.

My Beloved is Krishna,
says Mira, and to him
I've surrendered my life.

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I have come to you, Krishna,
do as you wish,
I have been all over
seeking for you, Lover,
still you remained hid.

Yet I'll persevere
who is mine here?
Who?
Hear me Lover, hear,
I have only
You.

Lord, take me across
the uncrossable sea;
from births and rebirths
make me free.

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This world is like
a dream that's fled;
therefore I seek
my Guru's feet
I delight in nothing else.

This world is like a dried ocean,
meaningless;
I don't seek Moksha
I only hope
to get the love of
Giradhara.

He's my Beloved
he's my Guru,
what have I to do with the world?

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O Lover Yogi,
I, your humble slave,
clasp your lotus-feet,
do not go away,
stay, Lover, stay.

I'm lost in love's maze
hasten to my side
and show me the way
be my guide.

Yogi Lover,
I have made a pile
of aloewood and sandalwood
for you to ignite;
and in its flames
I'll immolate
my body for your sake.

With my ashes smear
your limbs; so that my light
may unite with yours
for every and ever.

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O Mind, seek
the lotus feet
of the Lord Almighty:
nothing that exists
in this world lasts;
of what use are
pilgrimages and fasts,
of what use death in Kashi?

The body you prize so much
is nothing, it is only dust;
life is like a game of dice
which ends at dusk.

Why don the ochre robe
and wander as a sannyasi?
'tis the mind which needs control
or else the man comes back
to this world of sorrows.

O Giradhara, I'm your slave,
come Master, come, make haste
the noose of worldliness chokes me,
cut it and set me free.

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I know only Krishna
no other,
I have nothing to do with
relations or cousins,
or even my brother.

People chide me
for moving among saints
let them:
I grieve for those who remain
tied to the world,
I love those who have
devotion.

I have reared
love's creeper
with my tears.

I have abandoned the world
and live for love only
as one churning curd
to get precious ghee.

The Rana sent me poison
I drank it cheerfully,
now the news goes round
bruited in every yard,
let it; I am bound
in love to my Lord.

That's all that's real for me
let what will be, be.

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What Mira said to her companion
I will sing Krishna's praises, friend,
early morning I will go
to get the curd and ghee,
ambrosia of his holy feet.

I will go to temple where
his image is and offer prayers,
and to rhythm of cymbals
dance
with abandoned ecstasy.

O Lover, why have you got
me entangled in this world
as one who's helplessly caught
in a thorny berry-shrub?

But i'll chant your name
and free
myself from these bonds;
O Lord Giradhara,
I will be
yours eternally.

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I love to sing the praise
of Krishna, my saviour,
he rescues me always
from all the ills here.

The Rana sent me a basket
with a snake inside it,
when I opened the lid
lo! it was a stone idol!

He sent me a poisoned cup
but it turned to nectar!
I joyfully drank it up
Krishna is my protector.

He sent a bed of spikes
for me to sleep on,
but when I slept at night
each spike was a blossom!

How can one harm ever
him whom the Lord loves?
I have surrendered
myself to Giradhara.

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The heart's grief
can't find relief
without the love of Rama.

This world is
a cauldron of ills
it does not honor saints.
can men ever attain
emancipation
if they revile Rama's name?

They've reborn again and again
upon this grief-filled earth.
These vile men are bound forever
to the wheel of eighty-four lakh births.

To the saints
these fools never go,
their lives a vain endeavor;
says Mira, take refuge in Rama
or you won't get moksha ever.

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If by bathing daily God could be realized
Sooner would I be a whale in the deep;
If by eating roots and fruits He could be known
Gladly would I choose the form of a goat;
If the counting of rosaries uncovered Him
I would say my prayers on mammoth beads;
If bowing before stone images unveiled Him
A flinty mountain I would humbly worship;
If by drinking milk the Lord could be imbibed
Many calves and children would know Him;
If abandoning one's wife would summon God
Would not thousands be eunuchs?
Mirabai knows that to find the Divine One
The only indispensable is Love.

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