Bhajans

પદ - ૯૯૧, રાગ - કરમની રેખા
pada - 991, rāga - karam-ni rekhā

Syadla Bhajan Mandal (Recorded in 1982 in Mumbai)

Syadla Bhajan Mandal - 991 Tame Ju-O Re Karam-ni Rekh

હાં રે તમે જુઓને કરમની રેખા, લખ્યા નવ ચૂકે રે;
હાં રે એ તો વિધાતા કેરા લેખ, લખ્યા નવ ચૂકે રે;
hāň re tame ju-o-ne karam-ni rekhā, lakhyā nav chuke re
hāň re vidhātā kerā lekh, lakhyā nav chuke re

રાયસુ જેણે યજ્ઞ કર્યા છે, તેડ્યા દેશોના ભૂપ રે;
ગુપ્ત રહેવાના હો કારણે રે, રાયે લીધું કીંક રૂપ ... ટેક
rāyasu jene yagna karyā chhe, tedyā desho-nā bhup re
gupta rahevā-nā ho kārane re, rāye lidhu kiňk rup ... lakhyā nav chuke re

ખાંડવ વન જેણે દહન કર્યા છે, કૃષ્ણ હતા જેની સાથ રે;
તે અર્જુન વ્યંઢળ થઇ બેઠો, કંકણ પહેર્યા હાથ ... ૧
khāňdav van jene dahan karyā chhe, krishna hatā jeni sāth re
te arjun vyaňDhal tha-ii betho, kaňkan paheryā hāth ... 1

નકુળ મસાણી થઇને રહ્યો છે, સહદેવ પાળ્યા અશ્વો રે;
ઉદર કેરે હો કારણે રે, ભીમ રસોઇઓ થાય ... ૨
nakul masāni tha-ii-ne rahyo chhe, sah-dev pālyā ashvo re
udar kere ho kārane re, bhim rasoii-yo thāy ... 2

પાંચાલી દાસી થઇને રહ્યાં છે, સર્વ સતી ઓમાં શ્રેષ્ઠ રે;
કરજોડીને ભાલણ કહે છે, એ તો વિધાતા કેરા લેખ ... ૩
pāňchāli dāsi tha-ii-ne rahyā chhe, sarva sati o-māň shreshth re
kar-jodi-ne bhālan kahe chhe, e to vidhātā kerā lekh ... 3

YouTube Video(s):
1. Bhakta Youth - June 16, 1996
2. SRBS-SC - May 9, 2009
3. Shree Ramkabir Mandir Bhajan Mandal - April 5, 2010,  Rāga Akeli

English Translation:
A widespread belief in India is that at birth a deity, named Vidhata, comes to write the destiny of the newborn child on its forehead. Like the well-known concept of karma, one must bear one's fate since no amount of effort can alter it, since the writing of fate is engraved on your palm that will not ever fail. One must bear one's fate since no amount of effort can alter it.

0. After conquering over several kingdoms and amassing prosperity the Pandav king Yudhishthir performed Rajsuya Yajna to celebrate his success. He hosted lavish festivities, which was attended by several kings from different kingdoms. But as Deity Vidhata had differently written his fate, and with turn of fate, he lost everything while gambling with Duryodhan. Along with his brothers, he was forced to live in forests and then anonymously, he was forced to work as a servant to survive.

1. By stroke of bad luck, greatest archer Arjun had to adopt disguise of a eunuch and adorn bangles. It was the same Mighty Arjun who had created splendorous Indraprashth by burning dreary thorny woods and developing barren lands of Khandav forests.

2. Similarly, another Pandav, Nakul had to work on cremation grounds to earn living, and his brother Sahadev was forced to work as a horse wrangler for a king. In order to arrange for food to quench his hunger, powerful and mighty warrior like Bhimsen, who could playfully wield mace (bludgeon) had to work as a cook.

3. Panchali, the erstwhile princess of Panchal and Queen of Indraprastha, was compelled serve as a maidservant or a lady-in-waiting, who is considered as the most pious and holy Sati. With folded hands, famous poet *Bhalan reflects, such things happen owing to the writings of Vidhata, the deity of fate.

*Poet Bhalan was born in the 15th century in Patan, in the present-day Gujarat state in India. He was a famous Gujarati poet of the medieval period. He was also a renowned scholar of Sanskrit literature, and he is considered a major contributor in Bhakti-vad (Devotionalism) in Gujarati literature.