Mirabai

Someone once told me that Mirabai haunts her, and I can pretty much understand why.  She haunts me too, not the scary kind of haunting but the fascinating kind of haunting.   Basically, Mirabai  was a princess, a poet and one of the most ardent devotee of Krishna ever, and should you wish to know more about who she is, google does a pretty good job.

Mirabai is the epitome of pure love.  She loved Krishna selflessly, and to attain Krishna was her one and only goal.  But personally, Mirabai represents something else too to me.  She symbolises what each one of us could be if we carried with us the innocence we had when we were children.

“Once there was a marriage procession in front of her residence. The bridegroom was nicely dressed. Mira, who was only a child, saw the bridegroom and said to her mother innocently, “Dear mother, who is my bridegroom?”. Mira’s mother smiled, and half in jest and half in earnest, pointed towards the image of Sri Krishna and said, “My dear Mira, Lord Krishna, this beautiful image, is your bridegroom”. Child Mira began to love the idol of Krishna very much. She spent much of her time in bathing and dressing the image. She worshipped the image. She slept with the image. She danced about the image in ecstasy. She sang beautiful songs in front of the image. She used to talk to the idol.”[see here]

Mirabai

I believe Mirabai showed us the power of nurturing the love and innocence you had when you were a child, making sure the wind does not blow them away, that fire does not send them into flames, and that water does not douse the life in them.  And that’s why I am so fascinated by her – her child-like innocence led her to be so devoted to Lord Krishna that she lived her life only by His name.

When I was 16 years old or so I became quite inexplicably attracted and obsessed with a marble statue of Mirabai similar to the picture above.  It was big, and was sitting majestically in the windows of this famous saree shop on the main road near the bus station.  She was so pretty and looked so peaceful, and despite my smooth talks I didn’t manage to convince my parents to let me buy it.  Then there was this time when I saw a smaller version of it in a temple.  Just as beautiful as ever.

One day I’ll have one Mirabai statue like that.  Yep, one day I shall!

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10 Comments on “Mirabai”

  1. Anjali says:

    hey loved to read this beautiful article. I remember a dance drama called “Meeradha”. It was all about an imaginary converation between Meera and Radha their Bhakti towards Krishna. it also has a debate on who among them was dearer to krishna. I put this question to you aswell. What to you think ?

  2. bansuri says:

    Hi Anjali!

    Oh!! that should have been a nice dance drama indeed! hmm, that’s a tricky question. Actually, whenever i think of Radha, i keep drawing the link to Meera, and vice-versa. For me it’s like their love for Krishna is one and the same. But I wonder whether any one of them was dearer than the other to Krishna. Do you think Krishna might have had a favourite?

    By the way, i am a frequent visitor of your blog. I never realised before how many people were struggling to learn Bharata Natyam. Nice work! =)

  3. Anjali says:

    Thanks Bansuri, even I did not know this, until I started the blog. Thanks to Krishna for having directed me to do this.
    Bansuri you already got the point. 🙂

  4. Michelle says:

    Hi bansuri

    I’m so glad you posted at Kombai because I’d forgotten to check your blog for ages. I really enjoyed reading a lot of the posts.

    This one is I really enjoyed as I didn’t know the story of Mirabei. It reminded myself, funny enough!

    I was 17 when I walked into a temple and saw Ganesh for the first time. I looked into his eyes and.. love at first sight! I always wanted a statue of him, but the ones in the local market in South Africa were cheap plastic things or VERY expensive = end of that dream.

    Well.. this Christmas (I love it when religions collide *grin*) a friend of mine bought me a statue of Ganesh. He’s gorgeous, hand carved wood, big enough to have lovely carved detail, but small enough to fit on my desk or the shelves in my bedroom.

    So, you never know… you might just get that statue one day after all. 😉

  5. bansuri says:

    Michelle!!

    Thanks for dropping by! =)

    And oh my god! I an just imagine how you must have felt when you received the Ganesh. You give me faith! One day I really might get the Mirabai statue 😉

    I know what you mean about religions colliding. I come from Mauritius, which is multicultural in every sense of the word. There is this one temple in my locality which always has a firewalking ceremony on the 2nd January, and the fasting period for that starts on the 24th of December every year. While the prayers would be going on inside the temple, I always loved to sneak out into the yard, and watch the people of Christian faith walking on the road with candles to the church for mass. I really have no words to explain that *pretty and happy* feeling it always brought =)

  6. Merry says:

    Hi Bansuri,

    I also saw a statue of Mirabai many years ago and have been searching for one all these years. I too fell in love with what she symbolizes and the sheer peace and beauty radiating from the statue.Did you get one? If so, please let me know from where.

    I am afraid of scams but if you have a real good source let me know.

    Thanks and have a happy holiday and a great New Year.

    • Barry says:

      Dear Merry

      I have this statue. She’s very important to me. I bought it at the Shri Swamiharyan Mandir (aka Neasden Temple!) in North London. They should be able to help you.

      http://www.mandir.org/

      Best wishes Barry

  7. robert says:

    How would you discuss that the Bhakti movement was a sharp critique of orthodox religious institutions and practises with reference to the poetry of Kabir and Mirabai???

    I would be glad to know from you all.

    Thanks..
    Robert.

  8. Vid says:

    Wow! I too want to selflessly devote myself to Krishna! ^_^

  9. Harshit says:

    it was nice & very interesting…..


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