(1498 - 1546 / Kudki / India)

Nothing Is Really Mine Except Krishna.

Poem by Mirabai

Nothing is really mine except Krishna.
O my parents, I have searched the world
And found nothing worthy of love.
Hence I am a stranger amidst my kinfolk
And an exile from their company,
Since I seek the companionship of holy men;
There alone do I feel happy,
In the world I only weep.
I planted the creeper of love
And silently watered it with my tears;
Now it has grown and overspread my dwelling.
You offered me a cup of poison
Which I drank with joy.
Mira is absorbed in contemplation of Krishna,
She is with God and all is well!


O my King, my father, nothing delights me more
Than singing the praises of Krishna.
If thou art wrath,
then keep thy kingdom and thy palace,
For if God is angry, where can I dwell?
Thou didst send me a cup of poison and a black cobra,
Yet in all I saw only Krishna!
Mira is drunk with love, and is wedded to the Lord!


The heart of Mira is entangled
In the beauty of the feet of her Guru;
Nothing else causes her delight!
He enabled her to be happy in the drama of the world;
The Knowledge he gave her dried up
The ocean of being and becoming.
Mira says: My whole world is Shri Krishna;
Now that my gaze is turned inward, I see it clearly

Comments about Nothing Is Really Mine Except Krishna. by Mirabai

  • Unnikrishnan E S (2/8/2018 8:52:00 AM)

    This beautiful translation has captured the essence of Mira's poem. Let us cheer the wonderful poet who has rendered the poems in English.(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (1/10/2018 10:16:00 PM)

    I must compliment the one who has translated these beautiful verses of Mira. The essence and the music of the spiritual words flow effortlessly. Thanks a lot.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/10/2018 12:18:00 PM)

    In the world i weep! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (1/10/2018 11:49:00 AM)

    Love Meera’s poetry. She was a woman who defied all norms to indulge herself in worship of Krishna and created some wonderful devotional poetry inspired by divine higher consciousness.(Report)Reply

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  • madhabi banerjee (1/10/2018 11:38:00 AM)

    basudeb sarbam iti. allis divine being(Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (1/10/2018 10:48:00 AM)

    Great to see a poem of Mirabai.
    Her love for Krishna and her intense devotion is unparalleled.
    She saw only Krishna everywhere. No one or nothing else mattered.
    Wonderful song of pure bhakti.(Report)Reply

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  • Shailesh SharmaShailesh Sharma (1/10/2018 3:10:00 AM)

    Excellent love poem by historical Indian poet(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (1/10/2018 1:49:00 AM)

    Having complete faith in Krishna as Absolute, Holy and Divine being she knew and owned nothing other than Krishna..........very heavenly and well composed........thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Sue Ann Simar (5/20/2009 8:17:00 PM)

    Seeking Krishna and the companionship of the Holy...(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004