Janabai : You must accept those who surrender to you

In this poem by the early 14th c. mystic Janabai, Vitthal refers to a particular manifestation of the god Vishnu. For more about Janabai, see this post.

If the Ganga flows to the ocean
and the ocean turns her away,
tell me, O Vitthal,
who would hear her complaint?

Can the river reject its fish?
Can the mother spurn her child?

Jan says,
you must accept those
who surrender to you.

Translation by Sarah Selllergren

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