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Poems by Mirabai
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Mirabai is one of India's most beloved poet-saints. Her devotional poetry -- directed toward Giridhara, a form of the great God-man Krishna -- is so intensely personal that it borders on the erotic while, at the same time, it remains transcendentally spiritual.

Mirabai was born into a noble Rajput family in Northern India. She was married to the crown prince of Mewar, but she made it clear that her love was for Giridhara alone.

Many of the tales of Mirabai's life focus on her struggles with her husband's royal family. They did not approve of her constant devotion to God, which they felt led to the neglect of her husband and family. And her preference for the company of wandering holy men was not considered proper for a princess. These conflicts grew to such a point that it is said they attempted to kill her, once with a deadly snake, another time by poison, but she was miraculously saved both times.

When her husband died, Mirabai refused to throw herself on his funeral pyre and eventually took up the life of a wandering mendicant and poet, immersing herself in her love for God alone.

Poems by Mirabai

Recommended Books: Mirabai

Women in Praise of the Sacred: 43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry To Touch the Sky: Poems of Mystical, Spiritual & Metaphysical Light The Winged Energy of Delight Songs of the Saints of India
The Soul is Here for its Own Joy: Sacred Poems from Many Cultures For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West Mirabai: Ecstatic Poems Holy Fire: Nine Visionary Poets and the Quest for Enlightenment
Mira: The Divine Lover (Mystics of the East Series) Women of Wisdom: A Journey of Enlightenment by Women of Vision Through the Ages The Mystic in Love: A Treasury of Mystical Poetry The Devotional Poems of Mirabai Upholding the Common Life: The Community of Mirabai

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Mirabai and the Pathway of Love

A brief article on Mirabai as an embodiment of the ideal of perfect love for the Divine.