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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 30 of 144, Straight from a Gopi’s heart

३०.

सुन्दर मूरति दृष्टि परी तब ते जिय चंचल होय रहा है।

सोच सकोच सभी जो मिटे अरु बोल कुबोल सभी जो सहा है॥

रैन दिना मोहि चैन न आवति, नैनन सों जल जात बहा है।

तापै कहैं सखि लाज करौ अब लागि गई तब लाज कहा है॥

In this Braj sawaiya verse, the poet pens a Gopi’s state of mind on seeing Krishna:

The Gopi shares, “I am restless ever since I’ve seen Krishna. All my thoughts and conflicts are gone. All the good and bad things that people have ever said to me have disappeared from my mind. Now I shed tears of longing for Krishna. Every day and night this longing is with me. My friends say, ‘Have some shame.’ And I answer, ‘Love for Krishna has overwhelmed me so completely that there is no place for shame.’”

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 29 of 144, Maharaas in Vrindavan

२९.

मण्डल रास बिलास महा रसमण्डल श्री वृषभान दुलारी।

पंडित कोक चला गुण मण्डित कोटिक राजत गोपकुमारी॥

प्रीतम के भुज दण्ड में शोभित संग में अंग अनंगन वारी।

तान तरंगन रंग बढ़्यो, ऐसे राधिका माधव की बलिहारी॥

God is always in union (Maharaas) with creation, though we don’t always realize it. This sawaiya verse by a Braj poet, depicts the episode when God came as Sri Radha and Krishna - to love and be loved.

Gopis of Vrindavan had prayed to Ma Katyayani on the banks of River Yamuna (Yamuna ji is also Krishna’s wife and she is a symbol of love, a giver of devotion to Krishna.) The prayer was to have Krishna as their master/caretaker/husband. God is already everyone’s caretaker and master. More...

Sri Banke Bihari ke sawaiya, 28 of 144

२८.

बैठी हती गुरु लोगन में मन ते मनमोहन को न विसारति।

त्यों नन्दलाल जू आय गये बन ते सिर मोरन पंख संवारत॥

लाज ते पीठ दै बैठि बहू, पति मातु की आंख ते आंखिन टारति।

सासु की नैंन की पूतरी में निज प्रीतम को प्रतिबिम्ब निहारति॥

This sawaiya verse says:

A Gopi is sitting amidst family elders, and is thinking of Krishna. Just then Krishna arrives from the jungle, with a peacock feather tucked in his hair.

The Gopi feels shy and turns her back to Krishna, while looking into her mother-in-law’s eyes to catch his reflection there.

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 24 of 144

२४.
मंजुल मोरपखा छहरै छवि सों जब ग्रीव कछु मटकावत ।
नूपुर की झनकारन पै झुकि ग्वालिन गोधन गीत गवांवत ॥
आननचन्द सु मन्द हंसी ‘रतनाकर’ माल हिये लहरावत ।
देखि सखी वह मैन लजावत सांवरो बेनु बजावत आवत ॥

Krishna in Vrindavan :-)

A Quiet Mind, a poem by Ruskin Bond

Blue water lily

Lord, give me a quiet mind,
That I might listen;
A gentle tone of voice
That I may comfort others.
A sound and healthy body,
That I may share...
In the joy of walking,
And leaping and running.
And a good sense of direction,
So I might know just where I am going.

~ Ruskin Bond, To Live in Magic

Growing with love, a poem by Ruskin Bond

Pine woods

Lord protect the little ones.
Those learning to walk, to run, to climb.
As they take their tumbles and their knocks,
May they be upright as tall pines climbing the hills.
But teach them to bend too -
To be humble like the willow,
Which bows low gracefully,
And comes to no harm.

~ Ruskin Bond, To Live in Magic

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.

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