Mirabai - The Bhil woman
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
from Caturvedi no 186 translated by Professor John Stratton Hawley
The Bhil woman tatsed them
plum after plum
and finally found one she could offer him.
What kind of gentility was this?
And hers was no ravishing beauty.
Her family was poor
her caste quite low
her clothes a matter of rags
Yet Ram took that fruit -
that touched spoiled fruit
for he knew that it stood for her love.
This was a woman who loved the taste of love
and Ram knows no high, no low.
What sort of Veda could she ever have learned?
But, quick as a flash, she mounted a chariot
And sped to heaven to swing on a swing
tied by love to God.
You are the Lord who cares for the fallen
rescues whoever loves as she did.
Let Mira, your servant, safely cross over
a cowherding Gokul girl.