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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.


Green travel in India

Travelling ethically on a land mass as vast as the Indian subcontinent has been made so much easier with the recent creation of the Green Circuit (the Five local tour operators in India and Nepal, all specialists in deep-rooted community-based responsible-tourism initiatives, have collaborated to provide a wide range of natural and cultural heritage trips. From the Blue Yonder, in Kerala (theblue, to Social Tours, in Nepal (, experiences vary greatly, including a yak safari into the trans-Himalayan deserts, monitoring elephant-migration corridors in eastern Himalaya and learning traditional drumming with villagers living along Kerala’s River Nila.

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