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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 18 of 144

१८.
राधिका कान्ह को ध्यान धरैं, तब कान्ह ह्वै राधिका के गुण गावैं ।
त्यों अँसुवा बरसैं बरसाने को पाती लिखैं लिखि राधे को ध्यावैं ॥
राधे ह्वै जायँ घरीक में ‘देव’ सु प्रेम की पाती लै छाती लगावैं ।
आपने आप ही में उरझैं सुरझैं , उरझैं, समुझैं समुझावैं ॥

This Braj sawaiya verse by poet Prem, says:

Radhika in her love for Krishna, begins to feel as Krishna and longs for Radhika. Tears of longing for Radha fill her eyes and she writes a letter for her and sends it to Barsana. Then quickly comes back to being Radhika and takes the letter and embraces it, close to her heart. The poet Prem says, this is how she engages in her love for Krishna. She meditates on him and becomes one with Him :-) and doesn’t know the difference between herself and Krishna when she thinks of Him.

More Braj sawaiya verses…

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 17 of 144

१७.
कौन ठगौरी करी हरि आज बजाय के बाँसुरिया रँग भीनी ।
कान परी जिनके जिनके तिनकीं कुल लाज बिदा करि दीनी ॥
घूमैं घरी-घरी नंद के द्वार नवीनी कहा कहूँ वाल प्रवीनी ।
या ब्रजमण्डल में ‘रसखानि’ सो कौन भटू जो लटू नहिं कीनी ॥

Raskhan says in this sawaiya verse:

Hari is playing a mystic and charming tune on his flute. Whoever hears it comes looking for Him. He has charmed and attracted all Brajwasis. None is exempt.

More Braj sawaiya verses…

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 14 of 144

१४.
मेरो स्वभाव चितैवे को माई री, लाल निहारि कै बंसी बजाई ।
बा दिन सों मोहिं लागो ठगौरी सी लोग कहैं लखि बाबरी आई ॥
यों ‘रसखानि’ घिरी सिगरो ब्रज जानत है जिय की जियराई ।
जो कोऊ चाहै भली अपनो, तो सनेह न काहूसों कीजियो माई ॥

In this sawaiya verse, Bhakti-poet Raskhan says:

When I heard the flute of Krishna, I lost consciousness of the world. People think I have gone crazy. Let me tell you this from experience, do not fall in love with anybody :-)

More sawaiya verses…

Bulleh Shah - Ilmon bas karin ohh yaar, enough of learning my friend! video and lyrics with translation

[Video: Mubarak Ali Khan - Fateh Ali Khan (Uncle and father of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)]

Lyrics With Translation


Ilmon bas karin ohh yaar
Ikko ALF tere darkaar
Ilm na aavay vich shmaar
Jaandi umr naieen aitbaar
Ilmon bass karin oh yaar

Enough of learning my friend!
To it there is never an end,
An alphabet should do for you,
it’s enough to help you fend.


Parh parh likh likh laaviin dher
Dher kitabaan chaar chophair
Kirdey chaanan vich anhaer
Pichho rah Tey khabar na saar

You’ve amassed much learning around,
The Quran and it’s commentaries profound.
There is darkness amidst lighted ground
Without the guide you remain unsound,



Parh parh shaikh mshaaikh kahaavin
Ultey maslay gharon bataavin
Bey ilmaan nu lut lut khaavin
Jhuthe sache karin iqraar

Learning makes you a Shaikh or his minion,
And thus you create problem trillion,
You exploit others who know not what,
Misleading them with wild opinion.


Parh parh nafl namazaan guzaarin
Uuschiyaan bangaan chhangaan maarin
Minbar te chard wa’az pukaarin
Keeta tainun ilm khwaar

You meditate and say your prayers,
You go and shout at the top of the stairs,
Your cry reaching the high skies,
It’s your avarice which ever belies.


Jad main sabq ishq da parhiya
Dariya daikh wahdat da varhya
Ghuman ghairdhan de vich ardhya
Shah Anayat layaa paar

The day I learned love’s lesson
I plunged in to the river of divine passion
An overwhelming gale, I was confounded and lost
When Shah Inayat cruised me across

~ Bulleh Shah

bulle shah -ilmon bas kareen o yaar urdu

Barase badariya saavan ki – Meera bhajan

This Meera bhajan is sung by Gayatri and Muthuswamy Bharadwaj in Raga Malhar.

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सावन की, मनभावन की ।

सावन में उमग्यो मेरो मनवा, भनक सुनी हरि आवन की ।

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…कुन्जन में बरसे, शीतल पवन सुहावन की ।

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मीरा के प्रभु गिरिधर नागर, आनन्द मंगल गावन की ।

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सावन की, मनभावन की ।

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Braj bhajan – mai ho gai sajani lata pata

This bhajan by Surdas ji, is sung by Anisha Sharma in celebration of Braj culture, where Raag seva was a predominant sadhna, as per Swami Haridas, Hit-Harivansh, Meera Bai, Raskhan, Asht-chhap sakhas Surdas, Kumbhan Das, Parmanand Das, and others...

Lyrics of Braj bhajan: Mai ho gai sajani lata pata

Lyrics of Braj bhajan, mai ho gai sajani lata pata
Lyrics of Braj bhajan, mai ho gai sajani lata pata

mor mukuT kee dekh CaTaa
maiM ho gaee sajanee laTaa paTaa

maiM jal jamunaa bharan jaat thee
raah takat mohi naahi aTaa
haath pakaDx moree ba^iyaa maroree
khul gayaa mero kesh laTaa
maiM ho gaee sajanee laTaa paTaa

maiM dadhi becan jaaUM vRundaavan
raah takat mohi naahi aTaa
haath pakaDx moree ba^iyaa maroree
phail gayaa mero dahee maThaa
maiM ho gaee sajanee laTaa paTaa

saas sasur mohe buree bataaveM
naMdan bolat bahut khataa
shyaam piyaa re moree baat na pooCeM
sakhiyan me meraa maan ghaTaa
maiM ho gaee sajanee laTaa paTaa

GooMghar vaale baal shyaam ke
jaise kaalee megh ghaTaa
sooradaas ke shyaamasundar prabhu
raadhaa kRuShN: raTaa raTaa
maiM ho gaee sajanee laTaa paTaa

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