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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.

More sawaiya verses…

Krishna bhajan, Mukut varo kunjan me sataki gayo re

मुकुट वारो कुन्जन में सटकि गयो रे

जनम को रारी, है नाम बनवारी

हमारो जिया वही में अटकि गयो रे

कदम की छैया चरावे नित ग���या

हमारो जिया वही में अटकि गयो रे

मुकुट वारो कुन्जन में सटकि गयो रे

हमारी गली आयो, तनिक मुस्कायो

हमारो जिया वही में अटकि गयो रे

मुकुट वारो कुन्जन में सटकि गयो रे

ब्रज की डगर पे बजावे जो बांसुरिया

हमारो जिया वही में अटकि गयो रे

मुकुट वारो कुन्जन में सटकि गयो रे

Meaning of Krishna bhajan

Krishna, who wears a crown has given me the slip in the bowers of Vrindavan. His name is Banwari, and this is how he has been playing I spy with me for many lifetimes. He is such a fighter-cock. I have lost my heart to him.

He takes cows for grazing and waits for them under the Kadamb tree. I have lost my heart to him. Krishna, who wears a crown has given me the slip in the bowers of Vrindavan.

He came to my street, and smiled. I have lost my heart to him. Krishna, who wears a crown has given me the slip in the bowers of Vrindavan.

He plays his flute and attracts me to Vrindavan. I have lost my heart to him. Krishna, who wears a crown has given me the slip in the bowers of Vrindavan.

More:

Banke Bihari arti and verses

Stories from Banke Bihari temple

Banke Bihari temple and bazaar, Photo journal

Banke bihari ji ke sawaiya/dohe

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