Poems by Mirabai

"Devotion" ~ by Shweta Mitra (July 2010)

O My Mind

O my mind,
Worship the lotus feet of the Indestructible One!
Whatever thou seest twixt earth and sky
Will perish.
Why undertake fasts and pilgrimages?
Why engage in philosophical discussions?
Why commit suicide in Banaras?
Take no pride in the body,
It will soon be mingling with the dust.
This life is like the sporting of sparrows,
It will end with the onset of night.
Why don the ochre robe
And leave home as a sannyasi?
Those who adopt the external garb of a Jogi,
But do not penetrate to the secret,
Are caught again in the net of rebirth.
Mira’s Lord is the courtly Giridhara.
Deign to sever, O Master.
All the knots in her heart.


In A Sudden

In a sudden,
the sight,
Your look of light,
stills all,

The curd-pot
falls to

the ground.

Parents and
all call a halt.

Pry out, they say,
this thing from your heart.
You’ve lost your path.

Says Mira:
Who but you
can see in the dark
of a heart?




I remember how my mother would hold me.
I would look up at her sometimes and see her weep.

I understand now what was happening.
Love so strong a force
it broke the

And she disappeared from everything
for a blessed

All actions have evolved
From the taste of flight;
the hope of freedom
moves our cells
and limbs.

Unable to live on the earth, Mira ventured out alone in the sky –
I write of that journey
of becoming as
free as

Don’t forget love;
it will bring all the madness you need
to unfurl yourself across
the universe.


I Have Found

I have found, yes, I have found the wealth of the Divine Name’s gem.
My true guru gave me a priceless thing.
With his grace, I accepted it.
I found the capital of my several births;
I have lost the whole rest of the world.
No one can spend it, no one can steal it.
Day by day it increases one and a quarter times.
On the boat of truth, the boatman was my true guru.
I came across the ocean of existence.
Mira’s Lord is the Mountain-Holder,
the suave lover, of whom I merrily, merrily sing.

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  1. Hi, I am a big fan of Mirabai’s bhajans and wanr to start reading them in Hindi. Can you tell me the original name of the poem titled “I write of that journey”? I would really appreciate it! Thank you for all the hard work you put into this.

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