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Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya 21 of 144

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 :-)

More sawaiya verses…

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 19 of 144

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…

Significance of Kumbh – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Q. What is the significance of Kumbh?

A. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ganga is symbol of knowledge and Yamuna symbolizes love.

Prayag where Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet, is the unity of love and knowledge.

Where love and knowledge meet, celebration happens.

Kumbh means the coming together of saints, scholars and katha vachaks. They discuss and meditate with the sankalpa that let all the people benefit. People needn’t go to all the places. They can come to one place. The concept of mela started in India. Nowadays we call it expo. There are expos for motors, books, clothes, to present all the products in one place.So also, all the saints congregate in a place once in 12 years. In those days transport facilities were so extensive and traveling would take so much time. Kumbh provided an opportunity for people for dialogue and exchange of knowledge.

If you see it from planetary perspective, when Jupiter enters Aquarius, Kumbh happens.By bathing in the Ganges the chitta (consciousness) becomes happy. The sins are washed away. It's so beautiful. The sins are so superficial that just by a dip in the Ganges they can be washed away. The ever-pure consciousness can never be dirtied.


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