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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 38 of 144, Prayer to Krishna

३८.

ऐसी करा नव लाल रंगीले जू चित्त न और कहूं ललचाई।

जो सुख दुख रहे लगि देहसों ते मिट जायं आलोक बड़ाई॥

मागति साधु वृन्दाबन बास सदा गुण गानन मांहि विहाई।

कंज पगों में तिहारे बसौं नित देहु यहै ‘ध्रुय’ को ध्रुवताई॥

Of rose itra and Vrindavan

Rose essential oil contains over 3000 different bio-chemicals, making it by far the most complex of aromatic oils.

Gulab itra, or rose essential oil extracted the traditional way in India is used by the fragrance industry,  internationally.

In Vrindavan, rose and henna itra are used in worship in the winter month. In summer it is Khus, Chandan, Mitti, Bela and Mogra itras.

These essential oils, itras are dabbed on to cotton and wrapped around a thin stick and arranged in silver stands around the deity in Shah ji’s temple in Vrindavan.

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Mhara ghat maa viraajataa Shrinathji – a Gujarati bhajan from Pushti Sampraday

This is a Gujarati bhajan, invoking the presence of Shrinath ji (Krishna) in one’s  life. Realising the grace and presence of the Lord and surrendering to the beloved through Bhakti-yoga.

It is a popular song in the Vaishnav Pushti Sampradaay, which was established by Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharaya about 500 years ago.

The chief deity of Pushtimarg is Shri Govardhan Nath ji (the name is shortened to Shrinathji or Shriji, with love). Shri Govardhan Nath ji was found by Vallabhcharya ji at Govardhan Hill, near Vrindavan (district Mathura), and moved to Nathdwara in Rajasthan some years later.

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, 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.’”

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