Saturday, October 31, 2009

chadariya jheeni re jhini - translation and notes

Few months ago I was trying to look for some appropriate translation of this famous compositon of Kabir,not able to find it, I translated and added notes about what I think Kabir meant. Its quite interesting that the Nirguni Kabir (or so he is thought to be) was direct disciple of Ramananda who was initiated in the great tradition of Ramanujacharya. Ramananda's other famous disciples were Ravidas,Dhanna Bhagat etc.

So unlike Shankara who landed directly and spent his life above the vindhyas, Ramanuja did make an indirect impact and sort of ushered North India into Bhakti tradition. More on ramanuja some other time.

Kabir here talks about body, or human experience and how to utilize it. He talks about how he lived in the body, how other notable predecessors lived and how does an average man live.

चदरिया झीनी रे झीनी, रे राम नाम रस भीनी
body is like finely woven cloth and is permeated by the raam naam (ra+ma rechek purak (breath))

अष्ट कमल का चरखा बनाया, पांच तत्त्व की पूनी
Eight-petaled lotus was used as a spinning wheel, and the 5 elements as yarn

नौ दस मॉस बुनन को लागे, मूरख मैली कीनी
took 9-10 months to knit it, Oh fool you soiled it!

जब मोरी चादर बन घर आई, रंग रेज को दिनी
When I got my sheet, I gave it to person who dyes sheet(guru).

ऐसा रंग रंगा रंगरे ने, लालो लाल कर दिनी
It was dyed such, totally red in color

ध्रुव प्रह्लाद सुदामा ने ओढी, शुकदेव ने निर्मल किन्ही
Dhruv prahlad and sudama wore it, Shukdev made it pure.

दास कबीर ने ऐसी ओढी, ज्यों की त्यों धर दिनी
dar kabeer wore it such, he left it as it is(as he got it)



Body is a sheet. You can experience cloth but you arent cloth. Compare with Gita. वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि । तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही ॥२- २२॥ kabir urges us to realize body is permeated by ra and ma (in and out going breath) anaapshanti, which is permeating . breath is the link which makes body experience possible.(raam naam), hence re raam naam ras bhini chadariya

Eight lotuses, eight latent tendencies of body(survival,threat,accumulation,attention,domination ,suppression,discontentment,) correlate with eight energy centres within body(7+1(bindu).

Notice how 5 elements manifest as body and in that we create these tendencies compare with samkhya of kapila.
This sheath takes involves 9-10 lunar cycles around earth, time as celestial movement. celestial connection with sheath.
You soiled it, you lost awareness :)

Kabir now talks about his own body (mori chadar what happened with his sheet). When kabir took body, he let his guru work on it. His guru dyed it( permanent transformation of body based experiences :-) ) and made it red. (red is the color of root).

Kabir now talks about how other noted ppl who wore it, dhruv, prahlad sudama(all bhaktas), and shukdev(son of vyasa) and purified it (lived with awareness).
How did Kabir wear it? Kabir, dint let it get soiled. He maintained the new born's awareness all his life.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

runu jhunu runu jhunu re bhramara - full text

here are the full lyrics of Sant Dnyneshwar's text which someone on RMIM pointed out to me.

रुणुझुणु रुणुझुणु रे भ्रमरा ।
सांडीं तूं अवगुणु रे भ्रमरा ॥१॥

चरणकमळदळू रे भ्रमरा ।
भोगीं तूं निश्चळु रे भ्रमरा ॥२॥

सुमनसुगंधु रे भ्रमरा ।
परिमळु विद्गदु रे भ्रमरा ॥३॥

सौभाग्यसुंदरू रे भ्रमरा ।
बाप रखुमादेविवरू रे भ्रमरा ॥४॥

Taken from this website:

Monday, October 26, 2009

runu jhunu runu jhunu re bhramara

Just when I was about to sleep, found this gem, as if reminding me, that I forgot to pay my promised due to Dnyaneshwar(gyaneshwar).

I will try my best to put the lyrics and translation tomorrow.

I miss pune suddenly and 24/7 company of panduranga and his devotees.


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@Nari: Do you remember 'Amrutanubhav' ?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

OS Arun

OS Arun is new to my ears. He has a different style (much like KG) and when he sings a composition he renders it in his own style. Here is a sankirtan style chant from him "Naryan Hare".

Another beautiful Abhang by Sant Namdev sung by him.

I think I need to do a few posts on Maharashtra and its great tradition from gyaneshwar,namdev,tukaram to recent ones like swami akkalkot and shankar maharaj. Some other day perhaps.

Watch it till the end when the tempo paces up since these are sankirtan style renditions.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Radha Sameta Krishna : Sudha Raghunathan

very pleasing composition, was a regular item on my playlist during hey-days.

if the embedded video doesnt work try this.

Gita Chapter 1

बहुत पुराना है ये प्रेम
पर नया भी, और नया रहेगा

कविता ने सदा संगीत को चाहा
कभी कभी उसे वो मिला भी
जब जब वो मिले , ऐसे मिले
की खो बैठे अपना स्वरुप
और सृजन हुआ गीत का

पर ये बात यहाँ ख़तम नहीं हुई

गीत भी चाहता था कुछ,
एक उच्च अभिव्यक्ति
की उसे भी गाये, कोई योगेश्वर
और वो गीता कहलाया जाए

परन्तु शायद योगेश्वर कम गाते हैं
इसीलिए, शायद अर्जुन विषाद
अर्जुन विषाद ही रह जाता है
सांख्य या मोक्ष संन्यास तक
पहुँच नहीं पाता है


कुछ ऐसे भी होते हैं, आंसू
जो आते तो हैं,
पर आते नहीं|

क्या जरूरी है,ये ?
की हर आंसू, आंसू बने ?
और आँख तक सफ़र करे ?

सूखी आँखों में भी,कभी कभी
हज़ार आंसू होते हैं!

Monday, October 19, 2009


ऊष्मा हो तुम
जो जल रही है
जला रही है
जगमगा रही है
मगर पथ नहीं दिखा रही है

Friday, October 16, 2009

Yadva nee baa - Bhimsen Joshi

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

teri talaash

तेरी तलाश में इतनी दूर आ गया मैं
की मजिल बहुत पीछे छूट गयी

Monday, October 12, 2009


When you have a septic, nagging, self-concious mind the only course left, perhaps is its death.

random incomplete poem

कुछ चल भी दिए
कुछ जाना भी था

कुछ पा भी गए
कुछ पाना भी था

कुछ हो भी गए
कुछ होना भी था

Suddenly wrote some thing which came, I dunno if it will complete itself


Whenever I see a beautiful child dancing or bubbling with joy, I say to myself this is saundarya lahiri. Waves of joyous beauty springing forth from a child's body. I try to understand what exactly is happening in there? I can never know. How can I know ? I am limited by my thinking.

I wonder, if its the same life expressing through his body and mine, I cannot be termed alive in the same sense as he is. By comparative standards yours truly is dead. or may be we can say, life is the very enemy of itself, the more u live the more u die. If you have lived more you are more dead. Perhaps this is the reason every one appreciates a child, the tender aliveness is nothing but the subtle truth I-am-available-to-life.

Friday, October 09, 2009


we met
we couldn't meet.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

kya paaya

क्या पाया ,
पाकर विद्या
देख कर पृथ्वी
जान कर अज्ञात को
क्या पाया ?

क्या पाया
ध्यान की गहरी अवस्था में
चेतना के उच्च शिखरों पर
अनुभूतियों में, अध्यात्मिक
क्या पाया ?

पाया क्या
सुखद-अनुभव इच्छा में
दुखद-अनुभव अनिच्छा में
अनुभव परित्याग में भी
क्या पाया ?

हुआ क्या, करके अनुभव ?
सब अनुभव, अनुभव ही रह गए