Bhajans

નાદબ્રહ્મ પદ - ૬૧૧, રાગ - હિંડોળાનું મારૂ
Nādbrahma pada 611, rāga - hindolā-nu māru

Shree Ramkabir Mandir Bhajan Mandal (Recorded on Janmashtami 2011)

ઝુલત નવલગિરધારી હિંડોળે, માંહી ઝુલત નવલગિરધારી;
બૈઠે સંગ પરસ્પર ભુજધારી, શ્રી વૃષભાન કુમારી ... ટેક
jhulat naval-gira-dhāri hiňdole, maňhi jhulat naval-gira-dhāri
bai-the saňg paras-par bhuj-dhāri, shri vrusha-bhān kumāri ... repeat

મણિ કાંચન કે સ્તંભ મનોહર, દાંડી ચાર સોહાય;
વિવિધ ભાતકે બને હૈ ફૂલના, વિદ્રુમ ભૂમિ બનાય ... ૧
mani kāňchan ke stambh mano-har, dāňdi chār sohāy
vividh bhāt-ke bane hai ful-nā, vidrum bhumi banāy ... 1

કરત વિલાસ અપને મન ભાવ્યો, રસિક રાધિકા પ્યારી;
લલિતાદિક મને ફુલે ઝુલાવે, ગાવત ગીત સુધારી ... ૨
karata vilasa apane mana bhāvyo, rasika rādhi-ka pyāri
lalitā-dik mane fule jhulāve, gāvat git sudhāri ... 2

દર્પણમેં મૂખ દેખી મનોહર, દેત પરસ્પર તાલી;
એ છબી સહિત રહો મન મેરે, નંદદાસ બલિહારી ... ૩
darpan-meň mukh dekhi man-har, det paras-par tāli
e chhabi sahit raho man mere, naňda-dās bali-hāri ... 3

YouTube Video(s):
1. Shree Ramkabir Mandir Bhajan Mandal - September 27, 2008, Elko, Nevada, USA
2. Shree Ramkabir Mandir Bhajan Mandal - August 24, 2008, Janmashtami Bhajans

English Translation:
[The sixteenth century proved to be highly significant in the history of musical and poetic literary development in India. Several poets and musicians have been evolved. Out of all these, the poets of 'Pushtimarg' fondly revered as 'Ashta Sakha' literally meaning 'Eight Friends'. This devotional poem is taken from the collection of pious poet Nandadas, one of the 'Ashta Sakha'.

Musical compositions created by the 'Ashta Sakha', which are also referred to as 'Haveli Sangeet' are not meant for the entertainment by masses, but these are sung in the temples of Shri Krishna to evoke feeling of devotion in the listening disciples worshiping Shri Krishna.

These devotional verses are sung in accordance with seasons and part of the day in different Raga. For example, Morning Ragas are - Kalbhairav, Bibhas, Pancham, Asavari etc. During the afternoon Ragas such as - Sarang, Nur Sarang, Samant Sarang, Shuddh Sarang, etc. are sung. Whereas, during evening - Raga Nat, Purvi Sorath, Gauri, Hamir, Nayaki etc. are sung. Haveli Sangeet holds greater significance in 'Pushtimarg' and that is an effort to dedicate mind, heart and soul ate the feet of the Supreme Divinity.]

0. Winsome Shri Krishna, who lifted the Govardhan mountain, is swaying in a swing. Accompanying the Lord is a beauteous daughter of Vrushbhan. The daughter of Vrushbhan, the gorgeous Radha is having joy of swaying along with her lover, Krishna, the savior.

In the praise of Radha, the daughter of Vrushbhan, also the poet Paramanand has sung.

પ્રગટ્યો સબ વ્રજ કો શૃંગાર,
કીર્તિ કુખે અવતરી કન્યા, સુંદરતા કો સાર.
નખસીખ રૂપ કહાંલોં બરનો , કોટી મદન બલીહાર,
‘પરમાનંદ‘ વૃષભાન નંદિની , જોરી નંદ દુલાર.

(Wife of Vrushbhan, Kirti gave a birth to a daughter, she was a virtual personification of beauty of entire Vraj.  The daughter of Kirti and Vrushbhan is an essence of sublime beauty.  Looking at the beauty of the daughter Vrushbhan, the poet 'Paramanand' wondering from where has the mother of the child brought splendorous thorough prettiness, as she pairs so well with Shri Krishna, the son of Nand).

(The swaying swing of spirituality is suspended on the two fascinating columns studded with glorious virtues as valuable as gems, gold symbolized as awareness and austerity, four virtual bars signified as fondness, affection, trust and devotion for God embodying totality of love for God.)

1. Such a swaying swing of mystical joy is suspended on the four pillars of embellished with precious jewels. These precious jewels are symbolic of self-restraint, celibacy, contentment and forgiveness, which are as precious as bijou, pearls, gold and red tinge of coral makes up the floor. The combination of all these spiritual virtues enables the seeker to attain spiritual realization.

2. Engrossed in her romantic merriment, amorous lovely Radhika is lost in joyous realm of divine love. Attractive friends of fondling Radha, sing lovely romantic songs which add to the delight of Radha.

3. Looking at the charming image of herself Radha claps with her friends with delight. Holding the image of her lover, Krishna, in her mind, Radha calls out to Shri Hari - Krishna to remain in her mind and soul. Thanking his good fortunes, Nanddas perceiving the splendor of the Supreme Divine lovers - Krishna and Radha, he enjoys singing in praise of God.