Today’s inspiration comes to us from the sixteenth-century Hindu mystic and poet, Meera.
Although biographical details about Meera are sketchy, secondary sources tell us she was forced to marry the crown prince of Mewar in 1516. According to legend, her in-laws tried to kill her multiple times, but time after time she was saved by divine intervention.
Even though there are no manuscripts of her work, her writing has survived in the form of devotional songs, many of which are sung throughout India today.
Here is a piece of Meera’s writing titled “Unbreakable.”
Unbreakable, O Lord,
Is the love
That binds me to You:
Like a diamond,
It breaks the hammer that strikes it.
My heart goes into You
As the polish goes into the gold.
As the lotus lives in its water,
I live in You.
Like the bird
That gazes all night
At the passing moon,
I have lost myself dwelling in You.
O my Beloved Return.
Some more inspirational nuggets for today:
- On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi began his final fast. Gandhi opposed the partition of the Indian subcontinent into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. But it happened anyway, resulting in violence and the death of more than half a million people in religious riots. The Muslims who remained in India were subject to persecution, which Gandhi felt degraded both the Hindu religion and the nation of India. He said he undertook the 1948 fast on behalf of the Muslims and other minorities in India, and promised to stop fasting on the day “peace is restored to Delhi and a Muslim can walk around the city all by himself.” Sadly, he didn’t live to see that day. Two weeks later, on January 30, he was shot and killed by a Hindu nationalist as he left his house to attend a prayer meeting.
- Also on this day, in 1971 the sitcom, “All in the Family” premiered on CBS. It featured a gruff and angry character named Archie Bunker, who was a blue-collar husband and father from Queens. Technically an Episcopalian, he rarely went to church and frequently misquoted the Bible. He was also a blatant bigot, who frequently vented his frustrations about Black people, hippies, homosexuals, Jews, Catholics, feminists and “commies.” The show’s creator, Normal Lear, intended for audiences to dislike Archie Bunker and he was surprised when middle America embraced Bunker as a beloved character. But at the same time, he had developed Archie to serve as a sort of everyman. In an interview, Lear said, “It was very important to me that Archie have a likable face, because the point of the character was to show that if bigotry and intolerance didn’t exist in the hearts and minds of the good people, the average people, it would not be the endemic problem it is in our society.”
Be kind, take good care and we’ll see you soon.