The Padavali (Hymns, Mystic-Poetry,) of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans in English
Below is based on an early attempt to translate into English the Padavali (Mystic Hymns or Poetry) of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, one of the great spiritual classics of the Sant Mat tradition of India. All in all, it's not the most perfect or scholarly of translations, and yet, despite some shortcomings, since it's the only complete translation of the Padavali available to us as an online e-book at present, we must not let the "perfect be the enemy of the good", as the saying goes, waiting around for something better to come along in a decade, or two, or three from now! So let there be no further delay. Let's make this material available to those English-speaking Westerners who wish to explore the Path of Sant Mat, including the teachings of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans. Enjoy these wonderful spiritual verses! The Padavali is an essential text of Sant Mat that's good to study or recite on a regular basis. If, in future, other English translations become available,
I'll be happy to place them online as well. Then we will have the luxury of comparing multiple translations. With esoteric compositions such as the Padavali of Maharshi Mehi, the Sar Bachan Poetry of Soamiji Maharaj, or the Ghat Ramayan of Sant Tulsi Sahib, due to the depth and complexity of such mystic poetry, it is especially helpful to study several English translations in order to arrive at a more complete understanding of subtle and advanced otherworldly verses such as these.
NOTE: This is only the first online edition. No doubt over time there will be updated versions after more close examinations of the translation, proofreading and corrections. This is an on-going project at the Internet Archive to promote the study the Padavali, and to make greater use of it as material for weekly satsang discourses.