Mira : I am true to my Lord

Here the 16th c. Punjabi poet and mystic Mira-bai speaks of her love for Giridhar, ‘the one who holds up the mountain’, one of the epithets of Krishna. For more about Mira-bai, see this earlier post.

I am true to my Lord,
O my companions, there is nothing to be ashamed of now
Since I have been seen dancing openly.

In the day I have no hunger
At night I am restless and cannot sleep.
Leaving these troubles behind, I go to the other side;
A hidden knowledge has taken hold of me.

My relations surround me like bees.
But Mira is the servant of her beloved Giridhar,
And she cares nothing that people mock her.

Translation F. E. Keay

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