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This Journey is My Own

This bhajan(devotional song) was written by Meera Bai(aka Meera or Mira), Hindu mystic poet and devotee of Lord Krishna. She is a celebrated Bhakti saint, particularly in the North Indian Hindu tradition.

Bhakti yoga, also called Bhakti marga (literally the path of Bhakti), is a spiritual path or spiritual practice within Hinduism focused on loving devotion towards any personal deity. It is one of the many paths in Hinduism which lead to Moksha(not exactly liberation), the other paths being Jnana yoga* and Karma yoga.

Mirabai was born into a Rajput royal family in Kudki, Rajasthan, India, Mira then spent her childhood in Merta, Rajasthan. She is mentioned in Bhaktamal, confirming that she was widely known and a cherished figure in the Bhakti movement culture by about 1600 CE.

Meera unwillingly married Bhoj Raj, the crown prince of Mewar, in 1516. Her devotion to Lord Krishna and her treating Lord Krishna as her husband resulted her being persecuted by her in-laws.

Her in-laws tried many times to assassinate her, such as sending Meera a glass of poison and telling her it is nectar/prashad, or sending her a basket with a snake instead of flowers. According to the hagiographic legends, she was not harmed in either case, with the snake miraculously becoming a garland of flowers. In another story, she was asked by Vikram Singh(ruler of Mewar after the death of her father-in-law) to go drown herself, which she tries but she finds herself floating on water.

* Advaita philosophy takes the path of Jnana yoga(Gyan Yog), that is the path of enlightenment through knowledge.

Lucette · F
Thank you for sharing the video and the story of such an important woman in your country's history. I'm happy to know of women's success during those times in the past , centuries ago, when women around the world were not considered as people with rights(sadly , some countries still treat women this way) She was a brave soul 🙂

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