Tukaram : This Heart of Mine

This poem by the 17th C. CE Maharashtran poet Tukaram turns around the form of Panduranga, also known as Vithoba, an image of Krishna usually portrayed as a dark-skinned youth standing arms akimbo on a brick. For more about Tukaram, see this post and this one.

This heart of mine is determined that for me now
there is nothing else;
I meditate on Panduranga,
I think of Panduranga,
I see Panduranga
whether awake or dreaming.
All the organs are so attuned that I have no other desire left.

Tuka says: My eyes have recognized that image
standing on that brick transfixed in meditation unmoved by anything.

Translation by Mahatma Gandhi

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