Devotion

 
There is devotion

And then there is devotion

Not for me any cymbals
Neither any elaborate ritual
 
You reside in me always
And I abide by only you in my ways
 
I cannot mouth empty words
When backed not by my convictions
 
I cannot offer sops as consolations
As I know every end is a new beginning
 
I may appear hard hearted and unfeeling
Daily living in simplicity is my only dealing
 
You have slowly denuded my veils
Now my sole wail is for you in my travails
 
I care not if all forsake me as the odd one
You my Lord kindly do not let go of my arm
 
I am full of frailties and often err
Please forgive my trespasses as I know You care
 
Am I lazy Lord this I know not
I have implicit faith in you of that I have no doubt
 
You have guided me this far my Lord
Help me win finally my game of life’s chessboard 
   Infinite is you and endless is me your creation

 Illusion of limits is wrought by shortsighted vision

 There is constant unity as there is only You and I We are One but Maya deluded we think we are two not one

 In your divine comedy you have made us thus feel It is up to us to realize the truth with inner vision see 

 The seeker will reach you in his journey to you if he be true  You constantly beckon all to come and seek You from You   

Shortsighted seek boons that bestow short term happiness I seek only YOU from You and rest I’ve long eschewed 

 
There is devotion
And then there is devotion
 

Not for me any cymbals
Neither any elaborate ritual
 

You reside in me always
And I abide by only you in my ways
 

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 (these days I am watching serial Meerabai and above poem is thus inspired) 

Meera Bai (1498 – 1547) was a devout follower of Lord Krishna. Meera Bai was one of the foremost exponents of the Prema Bhakti (Divine Love) and an inspired poetess.
She sang in vraja-bhasha, sometimes mixed with rajasthani, in praise of Giridhara Gopala (Shri Krishna), her lord for whom she developed in her heart the most intense love and devotion.

 

The story of Meera Bai is not based on historical documents but comes from oral storytelling. Each storyteller embellishes or distorts the story, or puts a different interpretation on it as time passes.