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  • Now all my days with joy I’ll fill
  • Full to the brim,
  • With all my heart to [Visnu] cling
  • And only him.
  • He will sweep utterly away
  • All dole and care;
  • And all in sunder shall I rend
  • Illusion’s snare.
  • O altogether dear is he
  • And he alone,
  • For all my burden he will take
  • To be his own.
  • Lo, all the sorrow of the world
  • Will straightway cease,
  • And all unending now shall be
  • The reign of peace.
  • For all the bondage he will break
  • Of worldly care,
  • And all in sunder will he rend
  • Illusion’s snare
  • From all my foolish fancies now
  • Let me be free,
  • In [Visnu, Visnu] only is
  • Tranquility.

— Psalm of Namdev

Namdev (c. 1270–1350) was a Hindu poet-saint who made significant contributions to the Varkari sect and is also venerated among Sikhs. Emphasizing the importance of living life in the family context — through marriage and children — Namdev saw the family as a vehicle for achieving release from “samsara,” the continuous cycle of death and rebirth which otherwise traps existence.

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