Framed poster - Mera Bai or Yogini Meera was a Hindu mystic poet of the Bhakti (Divine Love) movement - Hinduism
Mera Bai or Yogini Meera - Bhakta - Hinduism:
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Yogini Meera, also known as Meera Bai (1498-1547) was a Hindu mystic poet of the Bhakti movement. (Bhakti means divine Love of God). She referred to the Lord, whom she saw as her husband, with different names like Satguru, Prabhu Ji, Girdhar Nagar, Krishna. She even called him the husband of her soul. Due to her mother, her in-laws disapproved of her public singing and dancing as she belonged to a Royal Family of Mewar and was a princess.
But she had too much love for her god and sacrificed everything, even her family, for god and attained Moksha through Bhakti Yoga. She is a celebrated Bhakti saint, particularly in the North Indian Hindu tradition.
Meera Bai was born into family of Merta, Rajasthan, India. She is mentioned in Bhaktamal, confirming that she was widely known and a cherished figure in the Bhakti movement culture by about 1600 CE. Most legends about Meera mention her fearless disregard for social and family conventions, her devotion to Lord Krishna, her treating Krishna as her husband, and she being persecuted by her in-laws for her religious devotion.
She has been the subject of numerous folk tales and hagiographic legends, which are inconsistent or widely different in details.thousands of devotional poems in passionate praise of Lord Krishna are attributed to Meera in the Indian tradition, but just a few hundred are believed to be authentic by scholars, and the earliest written records suggest that except for two poems, most were written down only in the 18th century.
Many poems attributed to Meera were likely composed later by others who admired Meera. These poems are commonly known as bhajans, and are popular across India.
Hindu temples, such as in Chittorgarh fort, are dedicated to Mira Bai's memory.
My Dark One has gone to an alien land. He has left me behind, he's never returned, he's never sent me a single word. So I've stripped off my ornaments, jewels and adornments, cut my hair from my head. And put on holy garments, all on his account, seeking him in all four directions. Mira: unless she meets the Dark One, her Lord, she doesn't even want to live.
— Mira Bai, Translated by John Stratton Hawley
Authors note: This is like St John of the Cross - in the Dark Night of the Soul. 'Dark One' simply means the ocean of being or tranquility - which is found to be ones nature - a living being - us and God at the same time. Alien land since there is no more time or space, we are free of worldliness and its limitations. There is also were very deep love is experienced. No word = silence. Cut my hair from my head - loss of the intellect, tranquility.