Nam Dev : I came to Your temple, O Lord

Nam Dev (traditionally 1270 – 1350 CE) was a Hindu poet and saint from Maharashtra in India. Very little is certain about his life, except that he was born into a low-caste family, which would have excluded him from traditional religious rituals. His poetry is prized not only by HIndus but also by Sikhs, and a number of his compositions are included in the Guru Granth Sahib.

Laughing and playing, I came to Your Temple, O Lord.
While Nam Dev was worshipping, he was grabbed and driven out.
I am of a low social class, O Lord;
why was I born into a family of fabric dyers?
I picked up my blanket and went back, to sit behind the temple.
As Nam Dev uttered the Glorious Praises of the Lord,
the temple turned around to face the Lord’s humble devotee.

Translation S Abnashi Singh and Gurvinder Singh

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