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Surdas - Fatephur Sikri manuscript - NPS 4184

Identifier

017257

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

POEMS OF SURDAS translated by Professor John Stratton Hawley

Having seen Hari's face, our eyes are opened wide.
Forgetting to blink, our pupils are naked
like those who are clad with the sky.

They've shaved their Brahmin braids-their in-laws' teachings,
burned up the sacred thread of decorum,
And left their veils-their homes-to mumble exposed
through the forests, day and night, down the roads
In simple concentration-their ascetic's death:
beauty makes them vow their eyes will never waver,
And anyone who tries to hinder them-husbands,
cousins, fathers-fails.

So Udho, though your words touch our hearts
and we understand them all, says Sur,
What are we to do? Our eyes are fixed.
They refuse to be moved by what we say.

The source of the experience

Surdas

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Pigtails
Veil

Science Items

Staring and bulging eyes

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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