Bhajans

નાદબ્રહ્મ પદ - ૭૨૦, રાગ - ગરબી
Nādbrahma pada 720, rāga - garbi

ફરી નહિ મળે રે, ફરી નહિ મળે રે,
લેરે લ્હાવો તને ફરી નહિ મળે;
fari nahi male re, fari nahi male re,
lere lahāvo tane fari nahi male

બાવળિયાનું બી વાવે તો આંબા નહિ ફળે;
આવી રૂડી મનષા દેહ ભૂલમાં ભમે ... લેરે લ્હાવો તને ફરી નહિ મળે
bāvaliyā-nu bi vāve to āmbā nahi fale
āvi rudi manashā deh bhul-māň bhame ... lere lahāvo tane fari nahi male

કેવડો કસ્તૂરી મોગરો તેલમાં તરે;
મોતિડાંની કણક લઈ ઘંટીમાં દળે ... લેરે લ્હાવો તને ફરી નહિ મળે
kevado kasturi mogaro tel-māň tare
motidā-ni kanak la-ii ghaňti-māň dale ... lere lahāvo tane fari nahi male

ચેતવું હોય તો ચેતી લેજે, અવસર નહિ મળે;
નરસૈંયાના સ્વામી વિના અર્થ નવ સરે ... લેરે લ્હાવો તને ફરી નહિ મળે
chet-vu hoy to cheti leje, avasar nahi male
nar-sai-yā-nā svāmi vinā artha nav sare ... lere lahāvo tane fari nahi male

English Translation:
[This devotional poetry is sung in on Garbi note or tune. Many are unaware about the difference in Garbi and Garba style of singing. Both Garbi and Garba are sung in chorus rhythmically dancing going round in circle. The basic difference lies in the manner of singing and singers. Garba or Garbo is mainly sung by women, whereas Garbi is usually sung by men. Garba sung by women are mostly sung as prayers of Goddess Amba. On the other hand, verses of Garbi are mostly centered over devotion for Krishna.]

0. Taking devotional fervor on a different plane, Medieval poet Narsinh Mehta, starts the song on a cautionary note. You will not ever get such an opportunity in life. Take as much benefit of this time, as you will never ever get such a chance to make most of your life. What is to be achieved for which we may not get another chance? Let us see what the poet is hinting at...!

1. Still taking the suspense further, he says, if one sows seeds of a thorny babul tree, mangoes will not grow on it. Being in proximity of a thorny plant or a tree, there is every chance of suffering pain. Whereas, a mango tree is like a divine grace that gives us chance to relish sweet fruits. Going through innumerable births and deaths, we have been bestowed with chance to be borne as a human being that is considered as the supreme specie. Here is the chance of million generation life time.

Saint Kabir Saheb has rightly pointed out...

મનુષ્ય જન્મ તો દુર્લભ હૈ, નહીં બારંબાર,
તરુવર તે ફલ ગિર પડો. બહોર ન લાગે ડાર..

[Human life is the most precious, which we shall not get again and again. If a fruits drops from a branch of a tree, it would never be able to get back to the branch.]

Similarly, having been borne as human is a rarely gotten chance. Hence, Kabir Ji advises us to work assiduously to watch our Karma and lead virtuous life, which may lead our soul to get freedom from the vicious cycle of birth and death, life after life!

2. Driven by illusions, man spends the precious life in futile pursuit of worldly pleasures. Only a foolish would fry Kevdo (Agave flower), Katoori (musk) and Mogra (Jasmine) in oil. It is needless to say, essence of all these three most fragrant things would be lost. Similarly, making dough to bake bread using powder of pearls is but a futile effort to satiate hunger, by wasting precious jewel-like time of the life. Wake up O' man! You will not get a second life to mend your grave mistakes!

3. Lastly, with on a cautionary note, the poet says, if you wish to wake up now, wake up quickly, before it is too late. You will not get such an opportunity to wake up spiritually. Without worshiping Lord Krishna the Master of Narsinh, all else is vain. Wake up your inner self, as you will never have such a pleasant opportunity to attain spiritual realization!