NEW DEHLI, September 19, 2012 – The story I want to share today is not from ancient scriptures or Hindu mythology. It is a relatively recent story and sets perhaps the purest example of faith in the Lord. This is the life story of Mira, or Meera.
Mira was an Indian princess. Born in the late 1400s to a family devoted to Krishna, Mira imbibed a sense of love and faith for the Lord from very early childhood. She would worship the one idol she had of
One day as Mira saw a marriage procession pass through the royal palace, she inquisitively asked her mother about her own wedding, about who her husband would be? As she continued pestering her mother with the same question repeatedly (after all she was a normal child), her mother pointed at the idol of
That was not the end of Mira’s questions. That moment became the beginning of Mira’s quest for the Lord. For
Mira’s mother and the family forgot about this small incident and moved on. But Mira continued to believe that
During her childhood, several incidents depicting Mira’s attachment to Krishna continued to occur. The family, seeing Mira’s obsession with
And on that day, it is said, that the Lord himself cried. Stories say that people actually saw tears running down from the eyes of
As Mira grew a little older, she was married to a prince by her family. Among all the precious jewels, clothes and other items that were sent with Mira, she carried her most precious idol of
Mira hardly spent time with her husband. She hardly contributed to household chores. She only worshipped whom she believed to be her husband, ‘
Her in-laws didn’t tolerate what was going on. Several restrictions were imposed on her, but to no avail.
And then, miracles started to happen.
It is believed that the in-laws conspired to kill Mira. Nails were planted in her bed, but as she lied on those, they converted to flowers and Mira survived. They put a poisonous snake in a basket for her. When she opened that basket, she saw only a garland of flowers.
It must be noted here that throughout this phase, the man she had been married to by the family empathized with her. He even opposed the family’s plans to kill her. He was also a kind of devout lover towards her, perhaps attracted to her charisma and devotion.
The final blow came when a family court was called to order on her ‘misbehavior’. She was asked to either apologize or face death. In death, she chose eternal union with
Mira was given the punishment to consume a bowl of poison in front of the entire public so that a message could be sent out to all the dissidents.
When Mira drank from that bowl of poison, it turned into holy nectar and gave her what she had desired for all her life- immortality!
She left the palace that very moment. As she walked the streets singing her bhajans (devotional songs), thousands of people followed her, mesmerized by her voice and inspired by her courage.
The last those thousands of people saw was that she entered
This is a real-life story. All the incidents narrated regarding Mira are true for those who have faith, and mere gossip for those who don’t! Mira wrote thousands of poems and devotional songs devoted to
Mira is a subject of research for several scholars globally. For me, Mira is the epitome of faith.
- That dark dweller in Braj
- Is my only refuge.
- O my companion, worldly comfort is illusion,
- As soon you get it, it goes.
- I have chosen the indestructible for my refuge,
- Him whom the snake of death will not devour.
- My beloved dwells in my heart all day,
- I have actually seen that abode of joy.
- Meera’s lord is Hari, the indestructible.
- My lord, I have taken refuge with you, your maidservant