Listen, my friend, this road is the heart opening,
If we could reach the Lord through immersion in water,
If the worship of stone statues could bring us all the way,
Mirabai says, "The heat of midnight tears will bring you to God." Note: The poem above was written by Mirabai, a famous North Indian bhakti poet. She was born near Ajmir into a Rajput family in 1498. She married the crown prince of Mewar who died in battle five years later. Mirabai then devoted her life to praying to Krishna, adopted the ways of the sadhus (holy men), and rejected aristocratic norms. Her songs or ragas were written down after her death in about 1550. This poem was translated by Robert Bly in the book, "Women in Praise of the Sacred" edited by Jane Hirshfield.
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