|Mira Bai is widely known as an incarnation of
Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna. She was born in 1499 in a small village
called Kurkhi in Marwar, in the state of Rajasthan, India. Mira's father
Ratan Singh belonged to the Ranthors of Merta, who were great devotees of
Childhood: Mira Bai was brought up amidst strong Vaishnava culture
that paved her path to the devotion of Lord Krishna. When she was four
years of age she manifested a deep religious yearning and learnt to worship
How Mira Became Attached to Lord Krishna: Once seeing a ceremonially
dressed bridegroom in a marriage procession, Mira, who was only a child,
innocently asked her mother, "Mother, who is my bridegroom?"
Mira's mother pointed towards the image of Sri Krishna and quipped, "My
dear Mira, Lord Krishna is your bridegroom". Since then the child
Mira began to love the idol of Krishna very much, spending time in bathing,
dressing and worshipping the image. She also slept with the idol, talked
to it, sang and danced about the image in ecstasy.
Marriage and Scandals: Mira's 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: 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. Mira's fame spread far and wide.
A Life of Love amidst Trouble: Mira's 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.
Mira's Teachings and Music: She taught the world
the way to love God. She rowed her boat dexterously in a stormy sea of
family troubles and difficulties and reached the shore of supreme peace
- the kingdom of love. Her lyrics infuse faith, courage, devotion and
love of God. Her Bhajans still act as a soothing balm to the wounded hearts
and tired nerves.
The Last Days of Mira: From Brindavan, Mira proceeded to Dwaraka, where she was absorbed in the image of Lord Krishna. She ended her earthly existence at the temple of Ranchod in 1546 A.D. Mira Bai will always be remembered for her love for God and her soulful songs.