Statue of Surdas, Salasar Balaji, Rajasthan, India

Surdas (Sant Kavi Surdas) was a 15th-century blind saint, poet and musician, known for his devotional songs dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Our eyes thirst for a vision of Hari;
They long to see the lotus-eyed one,
Grieving for him day and night.
Wearing a saffron tilak and pearl garland
And dwelling in Vrindavan,
He gave us his love, then cast us aside like a blade of grass,
Throwing a noose around our necks.
No one knows what is in another’s mind,
There is laughter in people’s hearts;
But Lord of Surdas, without a vision of you
we would give up our very lives.


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