The Maratha people can point with pride to many of their poet-saints who
were women of literary ability, wise in philosophy and godly in character.
Bahina Bai is one of them. The present work introduces this saint-poetess
whose autobiography and verses have been known to but a few outside
The author has not attempted to translate all the verses of Bahina Bai.
Instead, he has chosen such portions as seemed best adapted to give to the
English reader the thoughts of this Indian woman that found expression in
her verses nearly three hundred years ago.
Bahina's autobiography, unique in Marathi literature, supplies all that is
known of her. But it covers only the details of her early years. For her
later years with their mental struggles, temptations, perplexities and
thoughts of approaching death one has to gather from her verses such
details as she has made possible.
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