Today I am going to behold those feet—
feet that are cooling, charming, joy-imparting,
that take away the devastating forest fire of sin,
that bear the royal imprint of goad and thunderbolt
and lotus and banner, and are colored lotus red.
I’ll find their marks through the forest, where he herds
the cows with his little cowherd friends.
Poets and scholars train their minds on those feet,
as do Shiva and Brahma and Indra,
but I will actually touch them—
with these hands and with this head.
Seeing them, Ill be compelled to leave my carriage:
I’ll throw my body to the ground,
then Surdas’s Lord will reach out with both arms
and laugh, embrace me, raise me.
– Surdas. excerpt from Sūr’s Ocean
translated by John Stratton Hawley