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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiye, 32 of 144, A search for nirgun and sagun Brahman

३२.

ब्रह्म में ढूंढ्यो पुरानन वेदन भैद सुन्यो चित चौगुने चायन।

देख्यो सुन्यो न कहूं कबहूं वह कैसे स्वरूप औ कैसे सुभायन॥

ढूंढत ढूंढत हारि परयो ‘रसखानि’ बतायो न लोग लुगायन।

देख्यो कहां वह कुंज कुटीर में बैठो पलोटन राधिका पायन॥

This sawaiya verse illustrates poet Raskhan’s search for nirgun and sagun Brahman.

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 31 of 144

३१.

धूरि भरे अंग सोहन मोहन आछी बनी सिर सुन्दर चोटी।

खेलत खात फिरै अंगना पग पैजनियां कटि पीरी कछौटी।।

या छवि कूं ‘रसखान’ विलोकत बारत काम कलानिधि कोटी।

काग के भाग कहा कहिये हरि हाथ ते लै गयो माखन रोटी॥

A Braj sawaiya by poet Raskhan.

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 23 of 144

२३.
सांवरी राधिका मान कियो परि पांयन गोरे गोविन्द मनावत ।
नैन निचौहे रहं उनके नहीं बैन बिनै के नये कहि आवत ॥
हारी सखी सिख दै ‘रतनाकर’ हेरि मुखाम्बुज फेरि हंसावत ।
ठान न आवत मान इन्हैं उनको नहिं मान मनाबन आवत ॥

Poet Ratnakar says in this sawaiya:

When Radha was annoyed with Krishna, Krishna bowed at her feet requesting her for truce. He didn’t really know how to please her. Neither did Radha really know how to show anger, observes the poet.

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 22 of 144

२२.
दीन दयाल सुने जब ते, तब ते मन में कछु ऐसी बसी है ।
तेरो कहाय के जाऊँ कहाँ, तुम्हरे हित की कटि फेंट कसी है ॥
तेरो ही आसरो एक ‘मलूक’, नहीं प्रभु सो कोऊ दूजो जसी है ।
ए हो मुरारी पुकारि कहूँ, अब मेरी हँसी नहिं तेरी हँसी है ॥

In this sawaiya verse, Malook says to Krishna:

Ever since I’ve heard of your merciful nature, I have surrendered myself to you. Now that I am yours, I am not going to anyone else for help. My surrender to you is total. I depend on you. There is none other as famous as you. Murari, if you don’t answer my prayer, I am not at a loss, it is your fame that you are jeopardising :-)

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya 21 of 144

२१.
सावन तीज सुहावन कों सखि, सोहैं दुकूल सवै सुख साधा ।
देखे बनैं कहते न बनैं, उमगै उर में अनुराग अबाधा ॥
प्रेम के हेम हिंडोरन में, सरसै बरसै रस रंग अगाधा ।
राधिका के हिय झूलत साँवरो, साँवरे के हिय झूलति राधा ॥

This sawaiya depicts the rainy season and month of savan. In India this season is celebrated by hanging swings from trees and swinging on them.

The poet says in this sawaiya verse:

This is the festival of Teej in saavan. All residents of Vrindavan are dressed to celebrate. I cannot express the beauty and joy that I find here. My heart is overwhelmed with bliss. On the golden swing of love, decorated in so many colours, Radha swings in the heart of Krishna and Krishna swings in Radha’s heart :-)

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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 19 of 144

१९.
मानस हों तो वही ‘रसखान’, मिलूँ पुनि गोकुल गाँव के ग्वारन ।
जो पसु होऊँ कहा वस मेरो, चरूँ पुनि नन्द के धेनु मझारन ॥
पाहन हों तो वही गिरि को, जो कियो जिमि छत्र पुरंदर कारन ।
जो खग हो‍ऊँ वसेरो करूँ, नित कालन्दी कूल कदम्ब की डारन ॥

Poet Raskhan says in this sawaiya:

In my next birth, if I am born as a human being, I wish to be born in Gokul as a cowherd boy (so that I get Krishna’s company). If I am born as an animal, I wish I could be a cow in the herd of Nand baba (Krishna’s father) and graze with them. If I am turned into a stone, I wish to be a part of Govardhan hill which was used as shield against raingod Indra’s wrath. If I am a bird I wish to nest in a Kadamb tree on the banks of River Yamuna.

Raskhan’s wish is to be in the company of Krishna or anything that reminds of Him.

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