Mirabai

Biography
1. Meera, a Rajput princess was born in Kudki (Kurki), a little village near Merta City, which is presently in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan in northwest India. Her father, jai Singh aman, was a friend of the Rathore clan, the son of Rao Duda of Merta. Rao Duda was son of Rao Jodha of Mandore, founder of mumbai. As an infant Meera became deeply enamored of an iconic idol of Krishna owned by a visiting holy man; she was inconsolable until she possessed it and probably kept it all her life. (But some myths say that Meera saw a wedding procession of a bride-groom and asked her mother about her husband, then her mother took her in front of the family deity Lord Krishna. ) Then she was just five years old. She was highly influenced by her father as he was a sole worshipper of Krishna. But because she would not be able to keep the Lord happy the holy man took away the idol. Then she, her friend Lalita and her male cousin , Jaimal, went to the holy man or saints house to get the idol back. When they went they saw that whatever the saint was offering to the Lord was not accepted. Then some ancient myths say that the idol started crying. Then next day the idol was given back to Meera and since then it remained with her. This made a bond between her and Lord and she was called stone lover. She even organized a marriage with the idol. And she considered herself as spouse of Lord Krishna.

Meeras marriage was arranged at an early age, traditionally to Prince Bhoj Raj, the eldest son of Rana Sanga of Chittor. She was not happy with her marriage as she considered herself already married to Krishna. Her new family did not approve of her piety and devotion when she refused to worship their family deity- Shiva. The Rajputana had remained fiercely independent of the Delhi Sultanate, the Islamic regime that otherwise ruled Hindustan after the conquests of Timur. But in the early 16th century AD the central Asian conqueror Babur laid claim to the Sultanate and some Rajputs supported him while others ended their lives in battle with him. Her husbands death in battle (in 1527 AD) was only one of a series of losses Meera experienced in her twenties. She appears to have despaired of loving anything temporal and turned to the eternal, transforming her grief into a passionate spiritual devotion that inspired in her countless songs drenched with separation and longing. Meeras love to Krishna was at first a private thing but at some moment it overflowed into an ecstasy that led her to dance in the streets of the city. Her brother-in-law, the new ruler of Chittorgarh, was Vikramaditya, an ill-natured youth who strongly objected to Meeras fame, her mixing with commoners and carelessness of feminine modesty. There were several attempts to poison her. Her sister-in-law Udabai is said to have spread defamatory gossip. According to some myths Meeras brother-in-law Vikramaditya, who later became king of Chittor, after Bhojrajs death, tried to harm Meera in many ways, such as:The famous one is that he mixed poison in the Prasadam or chandanamritam of Krishna and made her drink it. But by Gods grace, Krishna changed it to Amrit.He pinned iron nails in Meeras bed, but, again by Gods grace they turned into rose petals.He put a snake in a flower basket and told her that it was a gift from him to her Lord, but when she opened it it actually became a gift- a garland. There are many more in a similar vein.

At some time Meera declared herself a disciple of the guru Ravidas (guru miliyaa raidasjee) and left for the centre of Krishnaism, Vrindavan. She considered herself to be a reborn gopi, Lalita, mad with love for Krishna. Folklore informs us of a particular incident where she expressed her desire to engage in a discussion about spiritual matters with Rupa Goswami, a direct disciple of Chaitanya and one of the foremost saint of Vrindavan that time who, being a renunciate celibate, refused to meet a woman. Meera replied that the only true man (purusha) in this universe is Lord Krishna. She continued her pilgrimage, danced from one village to another village, almost covering the whole north of India. One story has her appearing in the company of Kabir in Kashi, once again causing affront to social mores. She seems to have spent her last years as a pilgrim in Dwarka, Gujarat. It is said that Mirabai disappeared into the Dwarkadhish Murti (Image of Lord Krishna) in front of a full audience of onlookers. .....

Early Life Mirabai
2. Mira was born around the start of the 16th Century in the Chaukari village in mirabaiMerta, Rajasthan. Her father was Ratan Singh a descendent of Rao Rathor, the founder of Jodhpur. When Mirabai was only 3 years old, a wandering Sadhu came to her familys home and gave a doll of Sri Krishna to her father. Her father took this is as a special blessing, but was initially unwilling to give it to her daughter, because she felt she would not appreciate it. However Mira had, at first sight, become deeply enamoured with this doll. She refused to eat until the doll of Sri Krishna was given to her. To Mira, this figure of Sri Krishna, embodied his living presence. She resolved to make Krishna her lifelong friend, lover, and husband. Throughout her turbulent life she never wavered from her youthful commitment.

On one occasion when Mira was still young she saw a wedding procession going down the street. Turning to her mother she asked in innocence, Who will be my husband? Her mother replied, half in jest, half in seriousness. You already have your husband, Sri Krishna. Miras mother was supportive of her daughters blossoming religious tendencies, but she passed away when she was only young. At an early age Miras father arranged for her to be married to Prince Bhoj Raj, who was the eldest son of Rana Sanga of Chittor. They were an influential Hindu family and the marriage significantly elevated Miras social position. However Mira was not enamoured of the luxuries of the palace. She served her husband dutifully, but in the evening she would spend her time in devotion and singing to her beloved Sri Krishna. Whilst singing devotional bhajans, she would frequently lose awareness of the world, entering into states of ecstasy and trance. .....

Conflict with Family
3. However her new family did not approve of her piety and devotion to Krishna. To make things worse Mira refused to worship their family deity Durga. She said she had already committed herself to Sri Krishna. Her family became increasingly disproving of her actions, but the fame and saintly reputation of Mirabai spread throughout the region. Often she would spend time discussing spiritual issues with Sadhus and people would join in the singing of her bhajans. However this just made her family even more jealous. Miras sister-in-law Udabai started to spread false gossip and defamatory remarks about Mirabai. She said Mira was entertaining men in her room. Her husband, believing these stories to be true, tore into her room with sword in hand. However he saw Mira only playing with a doll. No man was there at all. Yet throughout these hysterical slanders Mirabai remained unmoved by both the criticism and praise of the world. .....
Mirabai and Akbar
4. Miras fame spread far and wide her devotional bhajans were sung across northern India. It is said that the fame and spirituality of Mirabai reached the ears of the Moghul Emperor Akbar. Akbar was tremendously powerful, but he was also very interested in different religious paths. The problem was that he and Mirabais family were the worst enemies; to visit Mirabai would cause problems for both him and Mirabai. But Akbar was determined to see Mirabai, the Princess .....
Mirabai in Brindaban
5. However the relentless torments and hostility interfered with her life of devotion and contemplation on Krishna. She sought the advice of learned men and Saints. They advised her to leave the palace and return to Brindaban. Secretly with some followers she slipped out of the palace and escaped to the holy city of Brindaban. In Brindaban Mirabai was free to worship Giridhara to her hearts content. She would spend her time in singing bhajans and in ecstatic communion with Krishna. Like a true Bhakti she worshipped God wholeheartedly. The riches of the world offered no attraction to Mirabai; her only satisfaction came from her single minded devotion to Sri Krishna. Her soul was ever yearning for Krishna. She considered herself to be a Gopi of Vrindaban, mad only with pure love for Krishna. .....
I am Mad
6. Her devotion and spiritual magnetism were infectious. She inspired many to follow the path of Vaishnavism. As Swami Sivananda statedMira wafted the fragrance of devotion far and wide. Those who came in contact with her were affected by her strong current of Prem. Mira was like Lord Gauranga. She was an embodiment of love and innocence. Her heart was the temple of devotion. Her face was the lotus-flower of Prem. There was kindness in her look, love in her talk, joy in her discourses, power in her speech and fervour in her songs. Even learned Sadhus would come to her for inspiration. There is a story of one respected Spiritual Master, who refused to speak to Mirabai because she was a woman. Mirabai replied there was only 1 real man in Brindaban, Sri Krishna; everyone else was a Gopi of Krishna. On hearing this the Spiritual teacher accepted the wisdom of Mirabai and agreed to talk to her. Later Mirabai would become his student. .....
Poems of Mirabai
7. Much of what we know about Mirabai comes from her poetry. Her poetry express the longing and seeking of her soul for union with Sri Krishna. At time she expresses the pain of separation and at other times the ecstasy of divine union. Her devotional poems were designed to be sung as bhajans and many are still sung today. Miras songs infuse faith, courage, devotion and love of God in the minds of the readers. They inspire the aspirants to take to the path of devotion and they produce in them a marvelous thrill and a melting of the heart.Mirabai was a devotee of the highest order. She was immune to the criticism and suffering of the world. She was born a princess but forsook the pleasures of a palace for begging on the streets of Brindaban. She lived during a time of war and spiritual decline, but her life offered a shining example of the purest devotion. Many were inspired by her infectious devotion and spontaneous love for Sri Krishna. Mirabai showed how a seeker could attain union with God, only through love. Her only message was that Krishna was her all. .....
That Dark Dweller
8. It is said in her death she melted into the heart of Krishna. Tradition relates how one day she was singing in a temple, when Sri Krishna appeared in his subtle form. Sri Krishna was so pleased with his dearest devotee. He opened up his heart centre and Mirabai entered leaving her body whilst in the highest state of Krishna consciousness.Mirabai was a devotee of the high, higher, highest order. Among the saints of India, she is absolutely unparalleled. She composed many, many bhajans, which are prayerful songs to God. Each song Mirabai wrote expressed her inspiration, aspiration and sleepless self-giving .....
Poetry
9. Meeras songs are in a simple form called a pada (verse), a term used for a small spiritual song, usually composed in simple rhythms with a repeating refrain, collected in her Padavali. The extant versions are in a Rajasthani and Braj, a dialect of Hindi spoken in and around Vrindavan (the childhood home of Krishna), sometimes mixed with Rajasthani. Although Meera is often classed with the northern Sant bhaktis who spoke of a formless divinity, there is no doubt that she presents Krishna as the historical master of the Bhagavad Gita who is, even so, the perfect Avatar of the eternal, who is omnipresent but particularly focused in his icon and his temple. She speaks of a personal relationship with Krishna as her lover, lord and master. The characteristic of her poetry is complete surrender. Her longing for union with Krishna is predominant in her poetry: she wants to be coloured with the colour of dusk (the symbolic colour of Krishna). .....
Mirabhajans
10. Mirabai is a 16th century mystical poet and singer known for her songs of devotion to Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the One who sustains the world. Her bhajans or devotional songs of high literary value are sung all over the country, even today, and her life has been depicted in many poems, songs, dances, films and paintings. She is, undoubtedly, one of the most important women in the history of India. Mira, also spelt as Meera, began her life as a member of the aristocracy in a village of Rajasthan. She belonged to a family of Krishna worshippers and imbibed devotional love for Krishna at a very young age. At the age of 13, her father got her married to Prince Bhoj Raj of Chittor. Her preoccupation with Krishna worship, her refusal to worship their family deity and her disdain for silk and jewels made her a thorn in the flesh for her husbands family.
When her husband died three years later, Mira refused to commit Sati. She also began to dance on the streets in the ecstasy of worship and move among all kinds of people, irrespective of caste or creed. Soon, she was disowned by her husbands family as well as her birth family and entered her new life as an emancipated devotee of Krishna. She wandered almost the entire region of the north of India, singing and dancing to her lover-lord Krishna and acquired a great number of followers from various parts of the country. Mira has left behind around 1300 songs of passion, eroticism and complete surrender to her lover and master, Krishna. A childless woman, who fearlessly broke with tradition and resisted feminine stereotypes, Mira is also an enduring symbol of a liberated woman who risked all to protect her independence, freedom and happiness. .....
Marriage and Scandals
11. Miras father arranged for her marriage with Rana Kumbha of Chitore, in Mewar. She was a dutiful wife, but she would go to the temple of Lord Krishna everyday to worship, sing and dance before the image daily. Her in-laws were furious. They planned many a conspiracy against her, and tried to involve her in many a scandal. She was persecuted in various ways by the Rana and his relatives. But Lord Krishna always stood by the side of Mira. .....
Journey to Brindavan
12. Finally, Mira wrote a letter to the renowned saint and poet Tulsidas and asked his advice. Tulsidas replied: Abandon them even though they are your dearest relatives. Relation with God and love of God alone is true and eternal; all other relationships are unreal and temporary. Mira walked barefoot through the hot deserts of Rajasthan, and reached Brindavan. Miras fame spread far and wide.A Life of Love amidst Trouble: Miras earthly life was full of troubles, yet she kept up an undaunted spirit by the strength of her devotion and the grace of her beloved Krishna. In her divine intoxication, Mira danced in public unaware of her surroundings. An embodiment of love and innocence, her heart was the temple of devotion for Krishna. There was kindness in her look, love in her speech, joy in her discourses, and fervor in her songs. .....
Meerabai and Sathya Sai
13. It was a rainy day in the summer of 2006. The 11th day of May showered unexpected cooling drops on the simmering city of Bengaluru in India. As the gathering of more than 4000 people in the Sai Ramesh hall at Brindavan felt the coolness in their bodies, a gentle music filled the air, announcing the arrival of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The darshan and bhajan session was about to begin and everyone in the hall seemed to experience a cooling in their minds and hearts as well As I sat in the front with the students of the University, I was filled with joy and excitement at the sight of the figure in orange. Needless the say, the energy of the bhajan session went up several notches. Five bhajans later, Swami asked for the bhajans to be stopped. He beckoned to renowned singer, Begum Parveen Sultana who was seated on the ladies side. The ever-ready devotee that she is, she took the microphone and, saluting Swami, began singing. It was an excellent rendition which included a couple of Meera Bhajans (songs composed by the legendary devotee and singer, Meerabai). The session concluded after half an hour with Swami receiving the Aarthi. .....
Meerabais matchless love for God
14. I remember on another occasion, during another Trayee session, Swami had explained beautifully to Koustubh the meaning and emotion of every line of the song which he used to sing. In fact, it had been Swami who had inspired him to compose the tune for that bhajan in the Darbari raag. He explained about the climax of the song in this manner,Meerabai feels that her life is worthless if she is unable to glimpse her Lord Krishna. She rushes to the threshold of the sanctum and begins to bang her forehead on it. She implores to Krishna that she is His servant forever and curses her mind and intellect that are blinding her to her heart where her darling resides. She continues to bang her head...As Swami explained this to Koustubh, He moved His head vigorously to show how Meerabai banged her head! He seemed to be totally lost in her devotion. He continued to say,Instead of death, she gets the vision of Krishna. She feels she cannot live without Krishna but even Krishna cannot live without her...And there is a tear in the divine eye!I still remember, the very next day in Trayee Brindavan, a screening of the movie, Meera, with the legendary M.S.Subbalakshmi playing the lead role, was arranged. MS was an ardent devotee of Baba and Swami couldnt contain this double-devotee (Meera-MS) delight that the movie was. It was a moving session for all. It made my respect and awe for Meera grow. I wished to develop an iota of her love and pining - something which even the Lord thirsted for!As Koustubh confesses, many were the occasions when Swami had spoken to him about Meeras pining. And on every occasion when he sang, Swami made it a point to tell him,You are singing Meeras bhajan but you do not have those feelings. .....
Mirabais Love For Shri Krishna
15. Approximately 500 years ago, the kingdom of Rajasthan was the land of warriors, sages, sadhus, and kings. It was at this time; Princess Mirabai was born (1478). Her mother passed away when she was very young and her father, Ratan Singh, was very busy with the kingdom. Growing up at her grandfathers palace, Mirabai was deeply devoted to Krishna Bhagwan. After Mirabais grandfather passed away, her uncle became the new king. He arranged her marriage with Prince Bhoj Raj, the eldest son of Rana Sanga of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar. This was the most prominent and powerful Rajput kingdom in the early 16th century. But Mirabai was not interested in the status, rich silks, and jewels that her new family had to offer. She was interested instead, in performing bhakti of Shri Krishna, whom she referred to as Giridhar.

Mirabais new family viewed her intense devotion to God as a problem. She refused to worship her husbands family goddess because she only knew of one God .....

Living in Memory
16. Mirabai, while not as well known as her contemporaries Kabir, Tulsi Das, and the blind poet Sur Das, was significant in her own right, and her songs of love and devotion for her lord Krishna became a unique contribution to the history of north Indian culture. One of the earliest poets known by name in Hindi literature, she lives in the minds and hearts of many through her songs, but also as a cultural and social dichotomy. Her name is still used to influence women; saying that a woman is like Mirabai means that she is unwomanly and destined for trouble if she does not straighten up and conform to tradition. Others might say that a woman is like Mirabai and mean that she is a free spirit with the strength of character to stand up for what she believes. As quoted on Sentient.org, Dhurvadas, writing in the 17th century said of Mirabai: Having forgotten her shyness, she worshiped Giridhar (Krishna). She no longer cared for her family honor. She was Mira, known throughout the world; she was a treasure of devotions. In bliss she visited beautiful Vrindaban. She danced with anklebells on her feet, and with castanets in her hands. In the purity of her heart, she met the devotees of God, and realized the pettiness of the world. Many may claim Mirabais essence to support their arguments, but none truly possess her. .....
Authored Spiritual centered Poetry
17. Mirabai participated wholeheartedly in the Bhakti movement, which consisted of active devotion displayed and expressed through public, ecstatic, religious song and dance. The tolerant nature of this religious movement gave its members the ability to ignore the restrictions of caste, sex, and creed. This, in turn, allowed Mirabai to rise as a poet-saint through her songs. Mirabais poetry was written in the form of song verses known as padas and mystical love poems called bhajans. She is credited with creating a unique raga, or mode in which her songs were to be sung, that which was named after her: Miras Malar. Mirabai composed her songs in a combination of the Rajasthani and Braj Bhasa languages, but they have since been translated into Hindi, Rajasthani, and Gujarati.

There are anywhere from 400 to 1,300 songs attributed to Mirabai, but scholars believe she most likely composed somewhere between 103 and 200 padas. As a devotee of Krishna, she strove to celebrate her love for her god; to take credit for the composition of songs in his praise would have been considered an act of pride for a woman striving, ultimately, for a state of selflessness. As a result of this dynamic, it is difficult to arrive at a definitive account of those lyric poems actually written by Mirabai herself, compared to those attributed to her but not composed by her.Mirabais works were not recorded in writing for many reasons. As Nilsson explained, At the time Mira Bai lived, there were limited means to preserve manuscripts. .....

Life vs Legend
18. Mirabais birth has been estimated to have occurred in 1498, and her birthplace was Merta. Merta was an independent kingdom with a fortress city created by Mirabais grandfather, Rao Dudaji, and ruled by her father, Ratan Singh. The political and social climate during Mirabais lifetime was one of great unrest between the Muslim forces invading northern India and the Hindu population struggling to maintain their livelihoods and culture. Mirabais mother died when her daughter was a young child of perhaps four or five years old. With her father wrapped up in the responsibilities of war, following the death of her mother Mirabai was sent to live with her grandparents. As a Brahmin and a royal princess of Merta, the girl was educated at home, with particular attention paid to instruction in music. This grounding in music helps to explain the hypnotic simplicity of Mirabais later songs, which belied a thorough knowledge of musicality. Mirabais religious affinities are believed to have their roots in an event that occurred during her childhood with her grandparents. Her grandfather was a committed follower of the god Vishnu, and Mirabais childhood environment was one of religious piety and early praise of Krishna. Legend states that a traveling mendicanta religious beggarwas welcomed into the household, having with him a small idol of Krishna. Mirabai was instantly and deeply smitten with the idol, and cried for it once the mendicant had gone on his way. The mendicant was told in a vision to return to the house and give the idol to the little girl, which he did. From that day on, Mirabai is said to have kept the idol with her at all times and thus began her worship of Krishna.

In 1516, at the age of 18, Mirabai was given in marriage, perhaps against her will, to Bhoj Raj, crown prince of Mewar. Bhoj died of fatal battle wounds only five years later, in 1521. Mirabai welcomed widowhood as an opportunity to live as the devoted spouse of her divine lord Krishna. She dedicated her days to worshiping him and singing and dancing his praises. She also devoted her time and energies to caring for the religious poor, an open denial of her caste and her royal position. This activity was considered unbecoming of a highborn princess who was expected to be secluded and aloof and pay homage to the preferred goddess of her late husbands family, the destructive deity Kali. Mirabai considered Krishna to be her divine match. Her religious fervor did not sit well with her in-laws, and when she refused to commit satithe act of a newly widowed woman throwing herself on her late husbands funeral pyre and burning alivemultiple attempts were made on her life. The details of these attempts, while completely obscured in legend, are interesting nonetheless. In one story Mirabai was sent a basket of flowers with a poisonous snake hidden inside. The story related that when she took the basket and looked inside, the snake turned into a religious figurine. At another time her husbands family demanded that she drink a cup of poison in front of them as retribution for disrespecting her dead husband by refusing to commit sati as Rajput princesses were supposed to. Mirabai drank the poison, but remained unharmed. In a third story, when asked by her late husbands family to drown herself, she attempted to do so, but her body floated and did not sink. Still another tale tells of the princess being forced to lie on a bed of nails, but then arising unharmed. Each of these miraculous escapes were attributed to the intervention of Krishna and are believed to be Mirabais reward for her undying devotion.

Tired of her familys political maneuverings, Mirabai eventually left Mewar and returned to her childhood home of Merta. In Merta, however, the princess found herself facing more persecution, this time by an uncle who had taken control of the kingdom following the death of Mirabais father in battle. This uncle, like many others, objected to the young widows public displays of religious ardor and he made life difficult for her. She fled Merta and traveled to Vrindaban, the birthplace of Krishna, where she joined a religious community. It is believed that Mirabai spent her 30s as a wandering mendicant, finally moving to Dwarkaanother place with deep connections to the god Krishnaand dying there in 1547.As with her life, there are also many legends surrounding Mirabais death. The most famous story is that her late husbands family sent a group of high-ranking Brahmins to bring her back to Rajasthan. When Mirabai refused to return with them, the Brahmins threatened to fast until dead if she did not comply. Not wanting their deaths to be her responsibility, she asked if she might consult her lord Krishna, and disappeared into the temple. It is believed that Krishna allowed Mirabai to merge with him completely, and she became one with his temple statue, never to be seen again. Authored Spiritual-centered Poetry

Mirabai participated wholeheartedly in the Bhakti movement, which consisted of active devotion displayed and expressed through public, ecstatic, religious song and dance. The tolerant nature of this religious movement gave its members the ability to ignore the restrictions of caste, sex, and creed. This, in turn, allowed Mirabai to rise as a poet-saint through her songs. Mirabais poetry was written in the form of song verses known as padas and mystical love poems called bhajans. She is credited with creating a unique raga, or mode in which her songs were to be sung, that which was named after her: Miras Malar. Mirabai composed her songs in a combination of the Rajasthani and Braj Bhasa languages, but they have since been translated into Hindi, Rajasthani, and Gujarati.There are anywhere from 400 to 1,300 songs attributed to Mirabai, but scholars believe she most likely composed somewhere between 103 and 200 padas. As a devotee of Krishna, she strove to celebrate her love for her god; to take credit for the composition of songs in his praise would have been considered an act of pride for a woman striving, ultimately, for a state of selflessness. As a result of this dynamic, it is difficult to arrive at a definitive account of those lyric poems actually written by Mirabai herself, compared to those attributed to her but not composed by her.

Mirabais works were not recorded in writing for many reasons. As Nilsson explained, At the time Mira Bai lived, there were limited means to preserve manuscripts. .....

Turning point in Sant Mirabais Life
19. The turning point in Sant Mirabais life occurred when once Akbar and his court musician Tansen came in disguise to Chittor to hear Meeras devotional and inspiring songs. Both entered the temple and listened to Meeras soul - stirring songs to their hearts content. Before he departed, he touched the holy feet of Meera and placed a necklace of priceless gems in front of the idol as a present. Somehow the news reached the KumbhaRana that Akbar had entered the sacred temple in disguise, touched the feet of Sant Mirabai and even presented her a necklace. The Rana became furious. He told Sant Mirabai, Drown yourself in the river and never show your face to the world in future. You have brought great disgrace on my family.

Sant Mirabai obeyed the words of King. She proceeded to the river to drown herself. The names of the Lord Govinda, Giridhari, Gopala were always on her lips. She sang and danced in ecstasy on her way to the river. When she raised her feet from the ground, a hand from behind grasped her and embraced her. She turned behind and saw her beloved Giridhari. She fainted on him. After a few minutes she opened her eyes. Shri Krushna smiled and gently whispered: My dear Meera, your life with your mortal relatives is over now. You are absolutely free. Be cheerful. You are and have always been mine. .....

Sant Mirabais union with Shri Krushna
20. On Krushnas Janmashtami at the temple of Krushna. There was much happiness all around in the abode of the Lord. The light of the lamps, the sound of the bhajans and the energy from the devotees ecstasy were filling the air. With Tamburi in one hand and cymbals or chipla in the other, the great tapasvini was singing ecstatically with her Gopala smiling in front of her closed eyes. Meera stood up and danced with her song Mere Janama Maran ke sathee, and when the song ended, Kumbha gently approached her and requested her to come back. Meera said, Ranaji, the body is yours and you are a great devotee, but my mind, emotions and the soul are all His. I do not know what use I am to you in this state of mind.

Kumbha was moved and he started singing with her in unison. Meera rose up abruptly, stumbled and fell at the flowers on the feet of Giridhari. Oh, Giridhari, are you calling me, I am coming. Whilst Kumbha and the rest were watching in awe, there was a flash of lightning which enveloped Meera and the sanctum doors closed on their own. When the doors opened again, only Meeras saree was enveloping Shri Krushnas idol and her voice and the flute accompaniment were the only sounds that could be heard. .....

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Allergies. The actinidain found in kiwifruit can be anallergenfor some individuals.Specifically, people allergic tolatex, bananas, papayas, or pineapples are likely to also be allergic to kiwifruit. The fruit also containscalcium oxalatecrystals in the form ofr .....
Healthy Stomach
Incorporate prebiotics and probiotics. Your intestines (small and large) are the home of your inner ecosystem, where the friendly microflora (bacteria and yeast) live. The microflora help you digest and assimilate foods and keep your immunity strong. Most peoples inner ecosystems are imba .....
Amazing beauty Secrets
Towel Dry The Right Way. Don t rub your hair dry with your towel; it will cause your hair to frizz. Instead, before getting out of the shower gently squeeze excess water from your hair. Then, wrap your hair in a towel and pat it dry to absorb any remaining moisture. .....
Healthy Nose
Cough sneeze sniffle. Treating a kids cold is trickier than ever. Parents have long reached for over-the-counter cough and cold remedies, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration no longer recommends them for children younger than 4. And, the FDA is investigating whether .....
Myth about Adoption
Sibling relationships don t matter. Placing siblings together is almost always the best thing for them after being separated from their birth parents It helps provide continuity and protects them from suffering additional loss Currently 25 percent of children photolisted on AdoptUSKi .....
Amazing Things to do New Years
Real Casa de Correos Madrid. For a night of memorable frivolity, youll be hard pushed to find a more stunning city than Madrid. Take to the city centres streets around the Real Casa de Correos and dance through until the early hours. Watch in anticipation as Madrids golden ball .....
Hairstyles To Compliment Your Saree
Brunette Backcombed Braid. The backcombed hair with the long side braid has a very casual and edgy touch. The hairdo is perky and pretty. .....
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Chose bolde Sock but not a crazy Sock. A lot can be said for a solid sock in a bold color. Once it gets busy with a lot of stripes, designs or polka dots, it can get distracting and take you from modern to messy. If you are not sure, I suggest stick to a classic and simple sock choice in .....
Enjoy New Year
Playing board games. Set up a major board games night, with some cool prizes for winners, along with lots of delicious nibbles and drinks. Have games suited to all ages so that everyone can join in the fun. It helps to assign a coordinator for such an event choose the fa .....
Home Remedies
Chickenpox In Early Stage. 1. Include figs (anjeer) in your diet every day. Children irritability2. Rub a nutmeg (jaiphal) lightly against a smooth grinding stone in milk and feed children who cry out at night without any apparent reasons. .....
Best Lipsticks In The World
Fire And Ice And Cherries In The Snow By Revlon. Nelson explains the cult appeal of these two shades: Cherries in the Snow is a pink based red that has literally been around for decades and is a timeless classic. Fire and Ice was maybe the first Hollywood red lipstick (and matching nail color). Th .....
Myth about Adoption
Birth mothers are all teenagers. Birth mothers international and domestic come in all ages and from all walks of life Some are teens, but the mythical unwed teen mother that many people think of when they imagine adoption is a hold over from the 1950s and 1960s when single and .....
Benefits of Cinnamon
INDIGESTION. Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals. Cinnamon is used to help treat muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, infections, the common cold, loss of appetite, and erectile .....
Rules to play Olympic Decathlon
Decathletes aim for greatness. In 1912, the USAs Jim Thorpe became the first winner of the decathlon and was allegedly declared the greatest athlete in the world by King Gustav V of Sweden. Later, it surfaced that he broke amateur rules by playing professional baseball (is there a .....
Most Expensive Games Ever Made
Final Fantasy XIII. The 2009 RPG from Square Enix cost the Japanese developer $65 million to produce. .....
Benefits of Peas
Great for your childs growth. Apart from being rich in vitamins and antioxidants, they are also a good source of proteins. This makes it an ideal food for your child. Serve it asmatar paneer, make a green peas sandwich or just make a green peas soup. Children will love it! .....
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RHODE ISLAND UNITED STATES. Prize US$ 45 MILLIONA superb combination of luxury and natural beauty Seaward located in Rhode Island boasts private mooring three stone fireplaces and a patio. In house amenities of this property include hardwood flooring a cathedral ceiling and t .....
krishna Janmashtami Celebration
Janamashtmi SMS 10. Krishn ki shakti aur Kanaiya ki bhakti se aapko khushi ki bahar mile,KRISHNA ki kripa se har kadam per safalta mile.HAPPY JANMASHTAMI .....
Benefits of Ginger
Clears Sinuses. here is an active ingredient in ginger that has shown to work wonders on the sinuses, helping to unclog them and facilitate drainage.? .....
Simple Science
The Pitch of a Note. Sound: By means of an apparatus called the siren, it is possible to calculate the number of vibrations producing any given musical note, such, for example, as middle C on the piano. If air is forced continuously against the disk as it rotates, a seri .....
Most Photogenic and breathtaking places in the world
Beachy Head England. Beachy Head is a chalk headland in Southern England close to the town of Eastbourne in the county of East Sussex immediately east of the Seven Sisters. Beachy Head is located within the administrative area of Eastbourne Borough Council which owns the .....
Benefits of Swiss Chard
Swiss chard. Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that is scientifically classified as Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla, and it belongs to the family Chenopodiaceae. Swiss chard is actually a common name, but in reality, you can simply call the vegetable .....
Xmas Celebration
Decorate your house for Christmas. The possibilities for decorating are nearly endless.Put Christmas lights on your house.Hang mistletoe in the doorways (particularly if you know that special someone is coming over,) hang a homemade wreath on your door, or put Christmas figurines like .....
SuperFood
Nectarines. Nectarines are a type of peach and, like the peach, have the golden-yellow, orange, and reddish coloration that is typical of fruits and vegetables containing lutein. As one of the pigments found in the retina of the eye, lutein may help prevent macu .....
Innovative Products Ideas
Door That Converts Into Table Tennis. Part of Wonderful Engineering home improvement ideas, this is simply cool. .....
Easy ways to Make Money Quickly
Buy and sell domain names. A domain name is just a website address (eg. savethestudent.org or mysite.co.uk) and there are lots of extensions (.com, .net, .co.uk etc). They cost as little as .....
Mango Varieties
Cushman. Cushman is an excellent mid to late season mango that resembles a grapefruit in size, shape, and color. The flesh is smooth, creamy, and completely fiberless. Although the tree is not the most aesthetically pleasing due to poor disease resistance, on .....
Cool Inventions
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Robert May, a Chicago advertising writer, places his hand on his creationRudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in front of his home in Skokie, Ill., Dec. 19, 1949. May dreamed upRudolph in 1939, at the request of his boss. The firm used the character as a C .....
Benefits of Cumin
Three colours of cumin. Cumin seeds are generally available in three colours amber, white and black. The amber seeds are the most common. this aromatic spice is known for its medicinal properties since ancient times. Being an excellent source of iron, it aids in digestion, .....
Movie Plot Holes and Paradoxes
Cars Who built the world. There s a whole world built vaguely along human lines, but inhabited by cars. Who built it? Why do they need towns? I like to think that there s a whole Planet Of The Apes subplot which will be revealed one day where humans built hyper intelligent ca .....
Handprint Crafts
Handprint Caterpillar Painting. This super caterpillar is a fun craft any time. Kids will love painting their hands two colours and making lots of different body segments! .....
The Best Pokemon
Charizard. Charizard is a fire flying Pokemon of the dual type. It evolves from Charmeleon beginning at level 36. It is considered to be final form of Charmander. It can also mega evolve into two more forms. Charizard is the version mascot of Pokemon red and Fi .....
Rules to play Rock Climbing
Lucky draw. This climbing game is great for a group of climbers or for training by yourself. Write down all the climbing moves you can think of eg. lay back, gaston, drop knee, pinch, dyno etc. then cut it out fold them and put into a hat chalk bag. Now draw thr .....
Benefits of Gooseberry
Historical Uses. Ancient cultures have prescribed Indian gooseberries for many conditions. People with mild to moderate conditions such as upset stomach, fever or the common cold may find relief from consuming dried gooseberry powder. It can also work as a diuretic o .....
The Worlds Most Haunted Hotels
Dragsholm Slot Denmark. Built in the 12th century, the Dragsholm Slot castle is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two women and the Earl of Bothwell. It s rumoured that one woman used to work as a maid in the building while the other was the daughter of one of the previou .....
Homeopathy
AMMONIUM MUR. Ammonium chloratumSal ammoniac, ammonium chloride.Key Uses:Enlarged glandsInflammatory eye conditionsLiver complaintsMenstrual disordersRespiratory disorders, such as congested nose, sneezing, reduced sense of smell, sore throat, hoarseness, and thi .....
Xmas Toys
BluTrack. Race beyond he limits of traditional track building. Eighteen feet of flexible two lane track twist, turn, flip, and loop in any which way your creative mind can conjure. Attach the starting end to the suction cup and stick it to a smooth, non poro .....
Small Things That Can Bring You Joy
Take a 30 Minute Walk. A brisk walk is one of the best exercises for you. And it only takes 20 minutes for your brain to start releasing endorphins and dopamine those feelgood hormones that make you happy. .....
The Summer Vacation Tips
Try the local specialty. Take advantage of what an areas known foror even plan a vacation around it! Unroll a yoga mat in India, climb boulders in Colorado, learn tai chi moves in China, or woo potential suitors with flamenco moves in Spain. Its a great way to learn about a .....
Swach Bharat Abhiyan
LOGO of Swachh Bharat Mission unveiled. Ahead of the launch of Swasth Bharat Mission by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the LOGO for the five year long cleanliness mission was today unveiled by Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development and Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Rura .....
Myth About Animal
Monkeys remove fleas from each other fur. Monkeys removes dead skin which they like to eat. .....
Tips to succeed in an Interview
Be prepared. Reread your CV and the job advert just before the interview. Do your research thoroughly Look at the company web site or obtain literature. You may be asked about the salary you are after so make sure you research that as well. .....
Play Boxing
The coverUp. Covering up is the last opportunity (other than rolling with a punch) to avoid an incoming strike to an unprotected face or body. Generally speaking, the hands are held high to protect the head and chin and the forearms are tucked against the torso t .....
Best Lipsticks In The World
999 By Christian Dior. Rumored to be the lip color worn at the first ever Christian Dior runway show (then known as 9), this is Diors best selling, classic red. Its often referred to by its other name: Iconic. .....
Benefits of Star Anise
Antifungal Properties. When your body?s delicate balance of microbes is disturbed or your immune system is somehow weakened this yeast can grow unhindered and lead to serious infection known as candidiasis. South Korean researchers found that extracts and essential oils .....
Movies for Valentines Day
Just Like Heaven. A career driven doctor, played by Reese Witherspoon, falls into a coma, and her apartment is rented to a widower, played by Mark Ruffalo. Even though shes still alive, the woman comes back to live in the apartment as a spirit. The widower starts fall .....
Rules to play 8 Ball Pool
Practice doing a legal break shot. To execute a legal break shot, the breaker must break behind the head string. He must either pocket a ball, or drive at least four numbered balls to the rail. When the breaker fails to do so, it is a foul, and the incoming player has the option of ac .....
Travelling Tips
Read Traveler Reviews. User review sites have changed the way most people plan their travel, giving us an enormously useful tool for evaluating hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and the like. TripAdvisor.com is the big kahuna, with more than 20 million reviews, most .....
Hanuman Chalisa
Hanuman 14. Sanakaadik Brahmaadi Muniishaa | Naarad Shaarad Sahit Ahiishaa || Sanka, Brahma, Saraswati, Narad and Ahisha can't stop admiring your glory .....
Car Maintenance
Emergency Kit. You must have a basic emergency kit for your car, it may include simple tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers and set of most common sockets.Consider also spare headlight bulb and a couple of fuses, a bottle of engine oil, windshield washer fluid and an .....
What to Eat in Maharashtra
Papadum. Papadam, pronounced as poppadum is a thin, crisp discshaped Indian food typically based on a seasoned dough made from black gram (urad flour), fried or cooked with dry heat. Flours made from other sources such as lentils, chickpeas, rice, or potato, .....
Interior Ideas
Utilizing Your Cabinets Perfectly. Though cabinets look well in your living room; these however serve a multiple purpose. Cabinets in the dining room are often referred to as buffets, credenzas or sideboards, can help you arrange your china or linens. Or you can try to install a medic .....
Xmas Facts
Facts 6. Ancient Roman observances of the Natalis solis invicti and the Saturnalia occurred in December and involved much feasting, singing, parades and other forms of celebrating. Not to be outdone, when the Church adopted Christmas it introduced a major Chr .....
World Flags
Ethiopia. three equal horizontal bands of green (top), yellow, and red, with a yellow pentagram and single yellow rays emanating from the angles between the points on a light blue disk centered on the three bands; green represents hope and the fertility of the .....
Gym guide Ideas
Power rack. The power rack is probably the single most versatile piece of equipment at the gym. A good power rack will include a pull up bar, dip bars, and spotter armshooks that are adjustable. This is a big deal because unlike the fixed spotters of the squat r .....
Benefits of Grapes
Fat Loss Benefits of Grape Seeds. An extract derived from crushed grape seeds showed inhibitory activity on the fatmetabolizing enzymes pancreatic lipase and lipoprotein lipase. This suggests that grape seed extract might be useful as a treatment to reduce dietary fat absorption and .....
How to Remove Dark Circles Tips
Use cucumber slices. Cucumber slices have long been used to reduce puffiness and refresh the appearance of skin around the eyes, providing a fast pickmeup for tired and puffy eyes. Place a slice over each eye, extending over the darkened area. Do this daily, coupled with .....
How to Remove Dark Circles Tips
Get your beauty sleep. Get plenty of sleep nightly. Its not entirely clear why inadequate sleep results in dark circles under the eyes, but lack of sleep tends to cause the skin to become paler (thus increasing the appearance of darkness under the eyes), and reduces circu .....
Benefits of Mint Leaf
Harvesting mint. When you cut Mint, cut all the way back to the ground. If you want to enjoy the many different colors of flowers, cut them off before the seed is ripe. Remember that when an herb is flowering it is not making lots of nice leaves to cook with. Shear y .....
Social Media Networking Sites
Plaxo. Currently hosts address books for more than 40 million people. Helps people stay in touch with Pulse, which is a dashboard that lets you see what the people you know are sharing all over the web. Strengths Graphical user interface makes it easy to us .....
Ice Cream Flavors
Sweet Potato Ice Cream. Sweet potatoes have a reputation in Japan for causing flatulence. Mention Sweet Potato Ice Cream though, and its more likely to induce nausea. .....
The Beautiful World Heritage Sites
MOSI OA TUNYA. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe the Mosi oa Tunya are regarded among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Part of Zambezi River the 108m high falls produce the largest curtain of falling water anywhere on the planet and wer .....
Precautions while using X Rays
Compton scattering. Compton scattering is the predominant interaction between X rays and soft tissue in medical imaging. Compton scattering is an inelastic scattering of the X ray photon by an outer shell electron. Part of the energy of the photon is transferred to the .....
Life Secrets And Tips
Think positive thoughts. When you find yourself thinking a negative thought, stop it immediately by any means necessary. Slap yourself in the face, yell something positive at the top of your lungs or jump up and down. Do whatever it takes to get back to a positive mindset as .....
Precautions while using Kitchen Equipments
To use a slicer safely. Always make certain the switch is off and the plug is pulled out of socket before cleaning. Never use slicer when blade guard is off. Always keep hands away from blade when machine is in operation; never catch food with hands. Keep plug out of soc .....
Benefits of Grapes
Bone Health. Grapes are a wonderful source of micronutrients like copper, iron, and manganese, all of which are important in the formation andstrength of the bones. Adding grapes into your diet on a regular basis can prevent the onset of agerelated conditions lik .....
Hanuman
HOW HANUMAN GOT HIS POWERS BACK. All the Vanar sena (monkey soldier), Hanumanji, Angad and Jambhavant started looking for Mother Sita in every direction. But their search yield no result and they all sat by the ocean all distressed. Then Hanumanji met Sampati whose brother Jatayu w .....
Cutest Photos Of Animals Kissing
Its the kind of kiss that inspires stars to climb into the sky and light up the world. The cutest expression of love, warmth and joy can be seen in these animals while they share a kiss. This is one picture that can inspire millions to fall in love and light up their partner s world with love and care and kisses. Are you in love? If yo .....
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